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New office in Canada

Marine Scotland News list - 17 hours 55 min ago

Scottish Government presence to be extended.

9% pay rise for NHS workers

Marine Scotland News list - Fri, 2018-08-17 12:50

Scottish health service staff get UK’s most generous pay deal.

More transparency on funeral charges

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2018-08-16 10:07

Guidance on funeral costs.

Justice Secretary welcomes appointment of police chief

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2018-08-15 16:54

Yousaf responds to Scottish Police Authority decision to appoint Iain Livingstone.

GDP Growth and Quarterly National Accounts Scotland, 2018 Q1

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2018-08-15 09:30

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

More support for young people at risk of crime

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2018-08-15 09:29

Funding for whole system approach.

Museum spot for Baby Box

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2018-08-15 06:00

Box will be placed into childhood exhibition.

Baby Box birthday

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2018-08-15 00:01

A year since the first delivery.

Malawi Development Programme

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2018-08-14 00:01

£11m for projects to benefit communities.

Location, Location, Location

Marine Scotland Blog - Mon, 2018-08-13 10:30

Survey: 1218A MRV Alba na Mara

Duration: 13-22 August 2018

Gear: Subsurface Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Moorings


http://northsearegion.eu/jomopansTo retrieve and deploy a series of acoustic release systems (19 subsurface moorings) with attached acoustic recording devices (19 C-POD, 6 SM2M and 1 sound recorder) as part of the east coast marine mammal monitoring programme and JOMOPANS project (see Table 1 and Figure 1).


Alba na Mara will sail from Fraserburgh on the morning of 13 August and make for the first mooring position. The ultimate order in which the moorings are retrieved and deployed will be dictated by the current weather forecast and the likely shelter that can be provided by the east coast.

Accurate position records will be kept detailing where the moorings are eventually replaced; as this may differ from the planned position. If all the moorings have been retrieved and deployed before the scheduled end of the survey, Alba na Mara will head to Aberdeen Bay to allow scientific staff to retrieve moorings with VR2 salmon detectors between Ythan Estuary and Findon Ness.


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Early loans for farmers being made available

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2018-08-13 06:00

Funding released to help mitigate impacts of adverse weather.

Trawling with the Data Collectors

Marine Scotland Blog - Fri, 2018-08-10 10:30

Survey: 1118S MRV Scotia

Duration: 28 July – 17 August 2018

Fishing Gear: Grande Overture Verticale (GOV) trawl (BT 137) with Ground Gear A and B


  1. Complete an internationally coordinated demersal trawling survey in the North Sea in ICES area IV.
  2. Obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station using a SEABIRD 19+Conductivity, Pressure & Depth (CTD) device.
  3. Collect additional biological data in connection with the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF).
  4. Opportunistic completion of zero hours hauls to assess unquantified time spent by the trawl on the seabed.
  5. Deployment of three Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) gliders as part of the AlterEco project.


Scotia set sail on the morning of 28 July and proceeded to the first station northeast of Peterhead at the Buchan Deeps (North of 57o 30’N), where a shakedown haul was completed to check the net configuration and the SCANMAR units.


There are 73 programmed rectangles to be surveyed (shown below).  Trawling will be undertaken during the hours of daylight which will vary depending on the vessels latitude at any given time. Towing time at each station is 30 minutes as standard.

Due to the discussion at the International Bottom Trawl Survey Working Group (IBTSWG 2017) additional information on trawl deployment and retrieval will be recorded; to better understand variability and provide an accurate estimation of the total time required for each vessel to successfully complete a 30 minute tow.

Further to this, and if time permits, Scotia will also undertake several 15 minute trawls followed by zero-hour trawls (defined as when the trawl is hauled as soon as the nominal haul duration would have started in an ordinary research haul). Zero-hour deployments will be completed in sets of three along a single extended trawl track and at a range of depths.1118S Figure 1 2018 IBTS Quarter 3 Proposed Survey Grid

The GOV survey trawl will be used solely with the 47 m (short) sweeps throughout the survey. Two ground gear types will be used during the survey, the lighter “A” rig being used on all stations south of 57o30’ N and the heavier “B” rig being used north of 57o30’ N.

The SCANMAR system will be used to monitor the headline height, wing spread and door spread for each haul. Bottom contact data from each haul will also be collected using the NOAA bottom contact sensor which will be mounted in the centre of the ground gear.

In addition to the routine sampling utilising the EDC system, biological data will be collected for target species in line with the EU data regulation. All fish will be processed in accordance with Standing Instructions.


1118S Figure 2 2018 IBTS Quarter 3 Proposed Survey Grid – Scotland

CTD casts will be taken at every trawl station. These provide surface and bottom temperature and salinity information. Reverser bottles affixed to the CTD wire will also be used to collect water samples that will be analysed back at lab to provide information on salinities, nitrates, silicates and phosphates.

In addition, 17 (20 litre) carboys will be filled with sea water, according to the Water Collection SOP (0805 – Section 8.3.1) for the Chemistry department at the lab to use for nutrient analysis.

AlterEco Gliders:

In collaboration with the National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool, we will aim to deploy one AUV glider at the most northern point of the survey in 51E8 and two further gliders around 56o00’N, 02o00’E.

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Cabinet to meet on the Isle of Arran

Marine Scotland News list - Fri, 2018-08-10 09:45

Local residents invited to join the discussion.

Funding for Rape Crisis

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2018-08-09 13:51

Scottish Government to make up shortfall.

Decommissioning challenge fund expanded

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2018-08-09 10:15

Further support available for Scottish decommissioning projects.

Suicide prevention plan

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2018-08-09 10:00

Action to reduce suicide rate by 20% by 2022

Suffrage Flag Relay

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