31 returned results for 'Rockall'

  • Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey – An update

    Survey: 1318S Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey Duration:  19 September – 1 October 2018 The 2018 Rockall haddock trawling survey got off to a blustery start with Scotia departing Aberdeen on the morning of the 19th September and heading straight into the teeth of Storm Ali; the first officially named storm of Autumn 2018. Gusts of…

    4th October 2018

  • Surveying the Haddock on the Rockall Plateau

    Survey: 1318S Rockall Haddock Survey Duration: 19 September – 1 October 2018 Fishing Gear: • GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear D. Other Gear: • Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) Seabird 19+; and • Van Veen Grab. Objectives: • Undertake the bottom trawl survey of haddock on Rockall Bank to a depth…

    3rd October 2018

  • Rockall and Mackerel

    Survey: 0118H MFV Altaire Duration: 22 May – 6 June 2018 Fishing/Sampling Gear: Gulf VII plankton sampler Objectives: To carry out standalone mackerel egg survey, on the western shelf and slope in the area from 52o N to 59o N (see Figure 1). Opportunistic trawling for adult mackerel samples; for exploratory ovary analysis. Procedures: After…

    28th May 2018

  • Surveying haddock at Rockall with the Scotia

    Duration: 2-13 September 2017 Gear  GOV Trawl (BT 137) with ground gear D CTD – Seabird 19+ Day grabs  Objectives To undertake the bottom trawl survey of haddock on Rockall Bank to a depth of 350 m.  To deploy a CTD at selected trawl stations to collect temperature and salinity profiles.  To collect sediment samples at…

    1st September 2017

  • What lies beneath Rockall?

    Rockall, a tiny island not much bigger than a house, sits on the very extremity of Scotland’s marine environment. Some 180 miles due west of St. Kilda, it is buffeted year round by the extreme winds and swell that the North Atlantic weather generates. As such, it is Scotland’s only truly offshore shallow water ecosystem….

    18th December 2015

  • New collaborative deep sea survey: Hatton-Rockall Basin

    In the last year, a new initiative has made Marine Scotland Science’s research vessels, the MRVs Scotia and Alba na Mara, available for use by the MASTS community for specific research projects. This month, the first of these projects becomes operational. A partnership between Marine Scotland Science (MSS), SAMS, Aberdeen University and British Geological Survey has been created as part of…

    13th July 2015

  • The Latest News from Survey 1218S

    It is 3am and we’re on our way to Rosemary Bank. We’ve had three nights of towing the chariot across the different depths at Faroe Shetland Sponge Belt and three days of sampling the fish and benthic fauna with trawls, and we’ve seen lots of sponges, bizarre invertebrates, and fish. We’ve recorded lots of video…

    5th September 2018

  • SACs of Sponges

    Survey: 1218S MRV Scotia Duration: 21 August – 15 September 2018 Introduction: This survey programme outlines the monitoring survey requirements, following discussion between the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Marine Scotland Science (MSS), for three Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in Scottish waters which are: Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt NCMPA (FSSB), Wyville Thompson Ridge SAC (WTR),…

    3rd September 2018

  • An Egg Hunt of Large Proportions

    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…

    28th June 2018

  • Mackerel and Eggs on the Altaire

    MFV Altaire departed Ullapool at 1400hrs on the 22nd May to begin survey 0118H. Onboard during this exploratory mackerel egg survey we have an international scientific complement including scientists from: Scotland, Ireland, Germany and the Netherlands. Flowmeter calibration deployments were completed successfully in the Minch, west of Melvaig, and the Altaire is now proceeding to…

    29th May 2018