Marine Scotland

  • An Egg Hunt of Large Proportions

    28th June 2018 by

    Survey: 0118H MRV Altaire (Part 3) Duration: 22nd May 2018 – 6th June 2018 This survey was tasked with providing answers to one very simple but, up to now, unanswered question. How much further west of the current survey extent would a mackerel egg survey need to go to secure a mackerel spawning boundary, in other…

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  • Multi-tasking with the Scotia

    19th June 2018 by

    MRV Scotia left Aberdeen on 3rd June 2018 to begin survey 0818S – the ‘Annual Nephrops Underwater TV Survey’ (UWTV) – covering Fladen (North Sea), the North and South Minches, the Clyde, and the Sound of Jura. TV operations went well during the first day until the sea state worsened so the survey was halted until early on…

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  • Sunbeam Surveys going Swimmingly

    21st May 2018 by

    Scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS) have recently been operating on Fraserburgh pelagic trawler Sunbeam (FR 487) to survey salmon smolts at various points on the Scottish east coast. Operating in the Moray Firth, Firths of Forth and Tay, MSS used a specially designed net for sampling very close to the surface. The net incorporates…

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  • Predicting Suitable Habitat

    10th May 2018 by

    Survey: 0618A – MRV Alba n Mara Duration: 5-14 May 2018 Gear: Hybrid drop/lander frame and calibration mesh; HD TV system and lights (five plastic cages); Armoured cable, spare, axle stands and bar; Stereo TV system; and Day grab, table and two sieve drawers. Background and Objectives: This survey will conduct a benthic survey of southern,…

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  • Rock-all and Trawl with Genesis

    2nd May 2018 by

    Survey: 0818H – MFV Genesis BF505 Duration: 25 April -10 May 2018 Fishing Gear: Anglerfish Trawl BT 195 Objectives: To undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of Anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius and Lophius budegassa) at Rockall Bank (ICES area VIb and Northwestern Shelf (ICES area VIa) inside the 1000m isobaths. To additionally record and map…

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  • 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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