Marine Scotland

  • What’s your anglerfish?

    5th April 2018 by

    Survey: 0218H – MFV Genesis BF505 Duration: 6-20 April 2018 Fishing Gear: Anglerfish Trawl BT 195 Objectives To undertake a nationally coordinated demersal trawling survey of Anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius and Lophius budegassa) in the Northern North Sea, ICES area IVa. To record and map distributions of Megrim (Lepidorhombus wiffiagonis), Four-Spot Megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii) Cod (Gadus…

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  • Trawling for ICES in the north and west of Scotland

    16th February 2018 by

    Duration: 15 February – 7 March 2018 Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT 137) fitted with ground gear D. Objectives: Demersal trawling survey of the grounds off the north and west of Scotland in ICES Subarea VIa. To obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station. Collect additional biological data…

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  • So, how were the nephrops?

    19th January 2018 by

    At the beginning of January, we blogged about the research adventures of the Alba na Mara as she went off in search of nephrops. The Scientist in Charge of that survey got back in touch with us to let us know how they’d got on: The west coast TV survey abroad Alba na Mara spent…

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  • Watching nephrops on TV

    5th January 2018 by

    Duration: 6 – 22 January 2018 Gear Large TV drop frame TV sledge 1 x 600m umbilical towing cable 1 x armoured cable Video cameras and associated equipment (plus backup) Four lasers and 60cm bracket for the drop frame 1 x BT201 prawn trawl (plus minimal spares) Day grab and table Prawn sorting table Go…

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  • Recognising the Marine Heritage of Scapa Flow

    17th November 2017 by

    Earlier this year, we were involved with a joint project to survey the German High Seas Fleet in Scapa Flow, Orkney. Historic Environment Scotland is now reviewing the protection of these wrecks of as they are scheduled monuments, and they would like to explore if that continues to be the best way of recognising and protecting…

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  • Testing the water with an International Bottom Trawl Survey

    13th November 2017 by

    Duration: 13 November – 3 December 2017 Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT137) and ground gear D (hoppers) Objectives: To participate in the ICES co-ordinated western division demersal trawling survey. To obtain temperature and salinity data profiles at each trawling position. To collect additional biological data in connection with the EU data collection framework (DCF). Procedures:…

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  • Jointly Surveying Marine Protected Areas

    20th October 2017 by

    Duration: 20 October – 9 November 2017 Fishing Gear TV drop frame and wiring harness TV sledge and wiring harness Valeport mini-CTD 0.25m2 USNEL BSL Box core 0.1m mini Hamon grab 0.1m Day Grab (backup) 0.1m Van Veen Grab (backup) Background Marine Scotland Science (MSS) and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) will undertake an…

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  • Clyde Herring Acoustic Survey

    18th October 2017 by

    Duration: 20 October – 3 November 2017   Sampling Equipment: PT154, CTD Objectives: To conduct an acoustic survey designed to survey both the open and enclosed areas of the Clyde to ultimately provide an estimate of the abundance and distribution of herring and sprat. To obtain samples of herring and sprat for biological analysis, including…

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  • Crab and Lobster Fisheries in Scotland: Results of Stock Assessments 2013 – 2015

    16th October 2017 by

    Today, Marine Scotland published the latest in its Scottish Marine & Freshwater Science series – Crab and Lobster Fisheries in Scotland: Results of Stock Assessments 2013 – 2015. Crabs and lobsters are important species for the Scottish fishing industry. Although the total quantity landed is small relative to finfish landings, crab and lobster attain high…

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  • Knowing your parasites – inside and out

    20th September 2017 by

    Ensuring Scotland’s marine environment is managed effectively and sustainable is crucial for future generations – and this includes, literally, all creatures great and small. To support this, in September, representatives from Marine Scotland, Aberdeen University and the University of Cape Town hosted a two day MASTS-funded workshop in Aberdeen focussing on “Parasites of Commercially Important Marine Fish Species and…

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