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Improving housing rights for disabled people

Marine Scotland News list - 13 hours 44 min ago

Legislation will make housing more accessible.

Sandeel Surveys in the East Coast

Marine Scotland Blog - 13 hours 54 min ago

MRV Alba na Mara Programme
Survey: 2219A
Duration: 5-18 December 2019

Equipment: 
  • Sandeel dredge × 2 (modified 4′ scallop dredge with 6″ teeth and spare toothbars) with towing bar and camera attachment.
  • TV camera.
  • Minilogger (or equivalent).

 

Objectives:
  • To determine the abundance, length and age of sandeels in the sediment from regions east of the Firth of Forth and around Turbot bank.
  • To collect and preserve samples of marinus, specifically i) all 0-group sandeels (size to be estimated from age/length keys of sampled catches) not required for age determination; ii) 100 age-1 individuals from each of the northerly and southerly sub-regions.
  • To determine the sex and maturity stage of all sandeels selected for ageing.

 

Procedure:

All required gear will be loaded onto the vessel on 2 December. Scientific staff will be transported to Leith to join the vessel on 5 December.

Figure 1: Location of important sandeel fishing areas

Two regions of historical importance for sandeel fishing will be surveyed (see Figure 1). In the first half of the survey a series of eight dredge stations to the east of the Firth of Forth will be sampled following the protocol established in 1999. A modified scallop dredge will be used to catch sandeels buried in the substrate at the priority stations given in Table 1 and Figure 2. Further stations in this region will be sampled if time permits. In the second half of the survey, the dredge will be deployed at stations 20-36 in the Turbot bank region (Table 1, Figure 2). Ideally, five repeat tows will be conducted at each station although this may be reduced to a minimum of two if catch quantities are low or available time is limited. Dredge duration will be approximately ten minutes at a towing speed between two and three (ideally 2.5) knots.

Table 1: Location of dredge stations. Priority stations (1 – 10; 24,30,32-34 and 36) are highlighted.

In addition, if time and weather allows, 1-2 new stations will be considered off Stonehaven to add a sandeel recruitment dimension to the SCObs time series.

 

At each dredge station, all sandeels will be identified to species level, measured, and otoliths (5, 8 or 10 depending on length strata, per half centimetre) will be taken for age determination (Objective 1).

 

All 0-group sandeels will be retained and frozen individually for later analysis. Sub-samples of 100 age-1 (size to be determined from age-length keys of sampled catches) A. marinus will be taken from the northerly (latitude > 57°N) and southerly (latitude < 57°N) sub-regions (objective 2).

 

Sandeels selected for ageing will be hand stripped and assigned a maturity stage based on a simple three-point scale (I = immature/indeterminate sex; MM= mature male; MF = mature female). Immature individuals will be individually frozen for further dissection and assigned to 1 of 2 stages (IM =Immature male or IF= Immature Female). (objective 3).

Figure 2: Chart of dredge stations to be sampled in 2219A. Areas historically fished for sandeel are shown in green. The new stations will be added in the circled area (in red).

 

Further Information:

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Madrid COP25 climate summit

Marine Scotland News list - 23 hours 53 min ago

Working together to tackle climate change.

Firework Review Group membership announced

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-12-05 14:08

Group to consider restrictions on fireworks use.

Scottish Police Authority Chair

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-12-05 11:09

SPA Vice-Chair to provide leadership ahead of new appointment.

Age threshold of payments for survivors of childhood abuse lowered

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2019-12-04 13:26

Review of Advance Payment Scheme.

Fire safety guidance for high-rise homes

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2019-12-04 12:38

Advice for residents and those responsible for fire safety.

Fairer Scotland Action Plan

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2019-12-04 00:01

Low income households helped through targeted support.

Sharp rise in reading ability at school

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2019-12-03 09:30

Performances improve and attainment gap closing.

New Chief Inspector of Prosecution

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2019-12-03 09:21

Lord Advocate welcomes new appointment.

 

Modernising defamation law

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2019-12-03 09:12

Draft legislation published.

Ferguson Marine in public ownership

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2019-12-02 16:30

Transaction of shipyard confirmed.

Modern Apprentice – Administration Assistant – closing date 10 December 2019

Marine Scotland Blog - Mon, 2019-12-02 15:00
Salary: Modern Apprenticeship – £19,314 – £21,482 Location: Aberdeen Hours: Around 37.00 per week Closing Date: 10 December 2019 at midnight Reference: IRC78348M

Employment Type: Modern Apprenticeship

 

The recruitment of Modern Apprentices is a fair, open and merit based process (16+) and with permanence from the start of the apprenticeship. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the interview.

 

Overview:

Marine Scotland’s Licensing Operations Team (MS-LOT) administers a range of statutory responsibilities including determining highly technical applications for multi-million pound developments and infrastructure projects. The regulatory regime ensures that those responsible for activities in Scottish waters consider their environmental impacts and interference with other legitimate users of the sea.

The post holder will initially provide administrative support within the Business and Operational Delivery Section of MS-LOT. Through on the job training the role will be developed to provide administrative support across the Team.

 

Main Duties:

• Preparation of documents for release where requested under freedom of information legislation, often to tight deadlines.
• Monitoring the Business and Operational Delivery Section Mailbox, relaying messages to appropriate staff.
• Maintaining and updating electronic files, including data input.
• Planning meetings, including booking rooms, the preparation and circulation of documentation and note taking.
• Plan and book travel and accommodation.
• Other duties as directed by senior staff.

 

Qualification:

Throughout the first 12 months the candidate will be expected to gain a relevant SVQ qualification in Business Administration. Support will be provided by a qualified assessor who will work with the successful candidate on a monthly basis. Time will be given to work on your qualification, this includes delivering 2 presentations.

 

Essential Criteria:

Please read each of the essential criteria and think about a time or an example that can help demonstrate your knowledge/skills.

1. Good communication skills, both oral and written.
2. Good organisational skills, with the ability to prioritise and plan workload, and meet deadlines.
3. Good IT based skills and the ability to use Microsoft packages such as Word, Outlook and Excel.
4. Accurate and thorough approach with close attention to detail.

 

Further Information:

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, please complete the online application form. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Kate Webb who can be reached on 01312444377 or Kate.Webb@gov.scot.

 

Provisional Sift and Interview Dates:

Sift – 11 December 2019
Interviews – 9 January 2020

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team via recruitment@gov.scot.

Further information for this job: Apply for this job:

You should read each of the Essential Criteria and think about a time or an example that can help demonstrate your knowledge/skills. Remember, this must be evidence based and your answers should be clear, concise and reflect what actions you undertook. You may want to use the STAR(R) approach to respond to each criterion.

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Modern Apprentice – Assistant Fisheries Assistant – closing date 10 December 2019

Marine Scotland Blog - Mon, 2019-12-02 11:30
Salary: £19314 – £21482 Location: Oban Hours: Around 37.00 per week Reference: IRC76107 M2

Employment Type: Permanent Employee

The recruitment of Modern Apprentices is a fair, open and merit based process (16+) and with permanence from the start of the apprenticeship. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the interview.

Overview:

The Assistant Fishery Officer is the first point of contact for the public, other government departments and stakeholders. As such, they must have knowledge of Marine Scotland’s Aims and Objectives and have the knowledge and ability to be able to put the caller in touch with the correct person. This vacancy offers an opportunity to join a small team and provide admin support to the fishery officer with the prospect of being able to advance to the role of fishery officer through dedicated on the job training. As such the Assistant Fishery Officer will be required to assist the Senior Fishery Officer with inspection duties both on the pier and on board fishing vessels and accompany Warranted Officers in other inspection tasks including visits to premises and landing creeks.

Marine Scotland Compliance is responsible for deterring and detecting illegal activities through effective compliance and enforcement arrangements. We employ Marine staff that are responsible for crewing the 3 Marine Scotland Compliance Marine Protection vessels, and Coastal Inspection staff who make up the Sea Fisheries Inspectorate. The coastal staff are located at 18 Fishery Offices around the Scottish coast, and at the Registration of Buyers and Sellers Unit which is based in Aberdeen. The Compliance Headquarters is based in Victoria Quay, Edinburgh where the Enforcement Unit is located.

Main Duties:

• Dealing with internal and external enquiries.
• Updating and maintaining paper and electronic files.
• Data input and analysis.
• Collating materials.
• Organising and issuing letters and papers to Industry.
• Assisting in inspection duties.
• Input Inspection data onto MCSS.

Qualification:

Throughout the first 12 months the candidate will be expected to gain a relevant SVQ qualification in Business Administration. Support will be provided by a qualified assessor who will work with the successful candidate on a monthly basis. Time will be given to work on your qualification, this includes delivering 2 presentations. Thereafter the post holder can, during the next 12 months, work, in a structured training environment towards gaining Warranted British Sea Fisheries Officer status after being successful at a competency based interview board.

Essential Criteria:

Please read each of the essential criteria and think about a time or an example that can help demonstrate your knowledge/skills.

1. Strong communications skills, both written and oral and have the ability to build good working relationships.
2. Be able to work as part of a small team and also have the ability to work on own initiative, seeking support and guidance when needed.
3. Good organisational skills and is able to prioritise workload.
4. An effective working knowledge of IT systems including Microsoft office packages.

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, please complete the online application form. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Joanna Holbrook who can be reached at Jo.Holbrook@gov.scot or 0300 244 8690.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0131 244 5656 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

Further information for this job: Apply for this job:

You should read each of the Essential Criteria and think about a time or an example that can help demonstrate your knowledge/skills. Remember, this must be evidence based and your answers should be clear, concise and reflect what actions you undertook. You may want to use the STAR(R) approach to respond to each criterion.

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Council Tax Reduction for almost half a million Scots

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2019-12-02 09:30

An Official Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Marine Scotland Science Shortlisted in Nature of Scotland Awards

Marine Scotland Blog - Mon, 2019-12-02 09:00

We are proud to announce that Marine Scotland Science (MSS) has been shortlisted for two out of the nine awards categories for the Nature of Scotland Awards. Hosted by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and co-sponsored by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Nature of Scotland Awards celebrate and recognise the best of conservation in Scotland.

Nominated in both the ‘Conservation Science’ and the ‘Innovation’ categories, we are delighted that our work into the discovery and conservation of Scotland’s deep-water ecosystems using marine science has been recognised.

The nominations are the culmination of a programme of exploratory deep water work that began in 1998 with the birth of the deep-water slope survey. Over the past decade our colleagues, including collaborator Dr Francis Neat, designed and coordinated a series of deep-water research and exploration surveys using the marine research vessel (MRV) Scotia. A variety of survey and sampling techniques were developed and used including: multibeam echosounder seabed mapping, bespoke camera systems, various net design, sediment corers and environmental sensors.

The aims of the surveys were to document the various benthic habitats and their associated species in order to provide management advice on habitats that may be at risk from human impacts. Annual surveys were carried out on different areas including: the Continental Slope, Rosemary Bank Seamount, the Rockall Plateau and the Hatton-Rockall Basin.

Discovering Species

These surveys resulted in several important discoveries of species and habitats previously unknown within Scottish waters:

  • The large buccinid whelk Volutopsius scotiae, previously unknown, discovered in the Rockall Trough.
  • A putative cold-seep ecosystem (the Scotia Seep) discovered in the Hatton-Rockall Basin some 500km west of Scotland. (A cold seep is an area of the ocean floor where hydrocarbon-rich fluid or gas seepage occurs.) These ecosystems, believed to be rare in the NE Atlantic, often harbour endemic lifeforms.
  • Two previously unknown chemosynthetic bivalves Thyasira scotiae and Isorropodon mackayi discovered in the Scotia Seep itself. (Chemosynthesis is the production of organic compounds utilising inorganic compounds as the primary energy source rather than sunlight.)
  • The discovery of a vast sponge ecosystem covering large areas of Rosemary Bank Seamount. This is comprised largely of massive Geodiid sponges however also complimented by the presence of rare and fully unknown species.
Marine Protected Areas

These discoveries have provided primary impetus to the creation of several Marine Protected Areas as well as the proposed Deepwater Marine Reserve to the west of Scotland and have been published in several peer reviewed journals:

Head of Marine Scotland Science, Tim McDonnell OBE said: “I’m delighted that our colleagues have been nominated for such prestigious awards. They really recognise over a decade of long-term survey and discovery marine science. Work of this quality – published, peer-reviewed, and at the heart of Scottish environmental regulation – relies on the hard work and dedication of many staff; including our teams that look after our research vessel MRV Scotia. I would like to personally thank all nominees and wish them luck at the awards ceremony’.

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Attracting more people into frontline healthcare

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2019-12-02 00:01

Rise in number of people training to be GPs.

Improving perinatal mental health

Marine Scotland News list - Sun, 2019-12-01 00:01

Charities to support more women and families.

Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme Firth of Forth

Marine Scotland Blog - Fri, 2019-11-29 15:00

MRV Alba na Mara Programme

 

Survey: 2119A

 

Duration: 28 November – 2 December 2019

 

Sampling Gear:
  • BT 158 with 50 mm cod-end
  • 2 m beam trawl with 50 mm cod-end
  • Day grab and table
  • Catamaran and neuston net

 

Objectives:
  1. To undertake flatfish sampling in St Andrews Bay, Inner Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary (Tancred) in support of the Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme (OSPAR and MSFD).
  2. To undertake sediment sampling in the St Andrews Bay, Inner Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary in support of the Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme (OSPAR and MSFD.
  3. To undertake survey of sea-surface litter in surface waters of the Forth and Scottish east coast and record seabed litter collected by the trawls (MSFD D10).
  4. To undertake fish, shellfish and sediment sampling in support of the microplastics ROAME (ST014).
Procedure:

Fishing and scientific gear will be loaded in Leith at the end of the previous survey, prior to Alba na Mara sailing on 28 November. After all drills have been undertaken, the vessel will steam to the first sampling station, the order of which will be decided by the SIC in conjunction with the master and will be influenced by prevailing weather conditions. Flounder will be sampled in St Andrews Bay and in the Forth estuary (Tancred bank), Dab will be sampled in the Inner Firth of Forth.

 

Five sediment stations will be sampled at each of the St Andrews Bay, Inner Firth of Forth and the Forth estuary, and at each station two grabs will be taken: one for contaminants and one for microplastics. The neuston trawl (catamaran) will be deployed in the Forth estuary, the Firth of Forth, and off the east coasts of Fife and East Lothian, whenever possible according to fishing activities and weather conditions. This net is to be towed at five knots, or less, for 30 minutes in order to collect and sample microplastics floating on the sea surface. A variety of fish species will be adventitiously sampled from the trawls and frozen for work-up in the laboratory as part the microplastics ROAME (ST014). Records will be made of seabed litter caught by the trawls.

 

Tables 1, 2 and 3 list the sediment, fishing and sea surface litter survey sites, respectively.

 

General Arrangements: Liquid nitrogen and other chemicals (e.g. methanol, formalin) will be carried aboard for the preservation and storage of biological material.

 

Table 1: Sediment sampling locations.

Region Area Site decLat decLong Lat Long Forth Inner Offshore Kingston Hudds 56.097 -2.923 56 05.80N 002 55.40W Forth Inner Offshore Fairway Buoy 56.050 -3.002 56 03.00N 003 00.09W Forth Inner Offshore Firth of Forth 49 56.119 -2.862 56 07.14N 002 51.74W Forth Inner Offshore Firth of Forth 38 56.080 -2.987 56 04.79N 002 59.22W Forth Inner Offshore Firth of Forth 33 56.049 -3.046 56 02.95N 003 02.74W Forth Lower Forth Estuary LFE GC 56.016 -3.486 56 00.96N 003 29.16W Forth Lower Forth Estuary Tancred 56.005 -3.509 56 00.28N 003 30.54W Forth Lower Forth Estuary Crombie 56.030 -3.531 56 01.80N 003 31.86W Forth Lower Forth Estuary LFE FEEAP station 7 (from 2011) 56.028 -3.543 56 01.68N 003 32.58W Forth Lower Forth Estuary LFE EB (from 2012) 56.014 -3.454 56.00.84N 003 27.24W E Scotland St Andrews Bay St Andrews Bay @ surveillance site 1 56.362 -2.628 56 21.72N 002 37.68W E Scotland St Andrews Bay St Andrews Plankton Station 15 56.438 -2.660 56 26.28N 002 39.60W E Scotland St Andrews Bay St Andrews Bay @ surveillance site 2A 56.346 -2.616 56 20.76N 002 36.96W E Scotland St Andrews Bay St Andrews Bay 56.373 -2.698 56 22.38N 002 41.88W E Scotland St Andrews Bay St Andrews Bay – mid trawl 56.376 -2.749 56 22.56N 002 44.94W

Table 2: Proposed fishing locations and fish requirements.

Region Site decLat decLong Lat Long Species Gear Bio-effects Chemistry E Scotland Coast St Andrews Bay 56.360 -2.750 56 21.60N 002 45.00W Flounder Bottom trawl 50 *25 Inner Firth of Forth Kingston Hudds 56.130 -2.901 56 07.80N 002 54.06W Dab Bottom trawl 50 *25 Lower Forth Estuary Tancred Bank 56.030 -3.560 56 01.80N 003 33.60W Flounder Beam Trawl 50 *25

Table 3: Proposed neuston net (sea surface litter) sampling locations

Region No neuston net tows Duration (mins) East Scotland coast <5 30 Forth Estuary <5 30 Inner Firth of Forth <5 30

 

 

Further Information:
  • Marine Scotland Website
  • Marine Research Vessel Alba na Mara
  • Marine Scotland Science Topic sheet

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