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This month we read about Alistair McCartney who is a Laboratory Manager in our Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory in Pitlochry.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Alistair McCartney, my job title is Laboratory Manager and I work in the Freshwater Environment Group within the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Programme of Marine Scotland Science (MSS) . I manage the chemistry laboratories at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory (FFL) in Pitlochry and I am responsible for the data collection of the Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network (SRTMN). I am also the Outreach Coordinator at FFL.
Why is what you do important?
The importance of my job has always been related to data quality, through the adherence to standard protocols in the collection of data in the field, achieving UKAS accreditation for chemical analyses and quality control of temperature data associated with the SRTMN. Good quality data are fundamental to the production of robust science which underpins the advice that MSS provides to Scottish Government.
My role in outreach is to highlight the importance and variety of work which MSS carries out. Outreach activities I have coordinated serve to inform, educate and engage with a variety of audiences e.g. through open days, work placements, career fairs, school visits etc. I have learnt, through my role in outreach, that MSS and the organisation to whom we are outreaching both benefit from our engagement. Personally these benefits are not only the successful delivery of an event but also the networking with colleagues and the camaraderie that is generated by a common purpose.
What’s your career path been – how did you get here?
I came to the Laboratory in June 1989, straight from what was then known as Napier College, to work on a 6 month contract on the Surface Water Acidification Programme. When this programme was completed I worked on another contract, the UK Acid Water Monitoring Network. In these early years I spent a lot of my time carrying out fieldwork and chemical analyses. In 1999 my position within the Freshwater Environment Group was made permanent and by the mid 2000’s I was given the responsibility of managing the chemistry laboratories within the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Programme.
If you weren’t doing this, what do you think you’d be doing instead?
If I hadn’t come to Pitlochry when I did I would have considered further study, but after 5 years at Napier I preferred the option of earning some money and was looking at other careers in the water industry.
What’s your favourite fishy fact?
The fishy related fact which I like best is that beavers do not eat salmon!!
And what about one fun fact about you?
I am a keen fisherman and when fishing on a Halladale loch I caught a small brown trout, having briefly admired its markings, I returned it to the water. Whilst unhooking the fish I realised I had left my other flies trailing in the water and, on lifting the rod to commence fishing, I discovered that I had caught another fish. Examining this fish I realised that it was in fact the fish I had just returned. Could this be the shortest catch and release to recapture in history?
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Scotia left harbour at 09:00 on Friday 5 October. Our first objective was to deploy the Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CTD) profiler at 18 stations along a line at 57° N going west from the Scottish East Coast to 2°E. Along with salinity (conductivity) and temperature, we measured dissolved oxygen, turbidity and fluorescence. We also took water samples through the water column to calibrate the sensors and measure the nutrient content of the water. These measurements were made in support of the AlterEco project; studying how changing physical and chemical conditions are affecting the marine ecosystem and health of UK shelf seas.
The CTD transect was completed in just under 24 hours and we made our way to the JONSIS CTD section in the northern North Sea. The Scotia visits the JONSIS section three times a year to monitor the annual, and inter-annual, variability. After completing the JONSIS section, we made our way to the Faroe-Shetland Channel to recover and service a mooring on the continental shelf slope in 450 m water depth. The mooring is deployed on the seabed and contains an upward looking Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) which continuously measures the velocity of the current through the water column, from the seabed to the water surface. In order to recover the mooring, which is sub surface, an acoustic release was used. We successfully recovered the mooring, downloaded the data, serviced, and redeployed the mooring this morning.
We are now sailing to north Shetland to start a long CTD transect across the Faroe-Shetland Channel. This line will take us over the shelf edge into water depths of approximately 1400 m and over to the Faroe Islands. This section of water is an important region for exchange between the Arctic and Atlantic, with cold and fresh water flowing southwards at the bottom and relatively warm salty water flowing northwards at the surface. The combination of ADCPs and repeated CTD transects allows us to monitor the transport of these different water masses.
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Survey: MRV Scotia 1418S
Duration: 5-15 October 2018Procedure:
Scotia will make her way to the eastern start of the Nolso – Flugga (NOL) section and start collecting long term monitoring samples and taking CTD profiles. On a previous trip – the 0618S survey – a mooring in an AL500 frame also failed to surface and communication with this lost mooring will be attempted.
After the NOL section, Scotia will head to the western (Faroe) side of the FIM section to carry out standard CTD and water sampling along the line. Scotia will then sail back to the JONSIS line to conduct a fine scale CTD survey around the area of the AECO mooring.
Once that work is completed and if time allows, Scotia will carry out additional work (listed in the survey objectives) along the JONSIS line, in the Moray Firth and/or Aberdeen Bay, prior to her return.Scientific Procedures:
It is expected that deployments of hydrographic equipment will be carried out with the CTD crane whilst the vessel is on station. The plankton crane will be used for the deployment of ADCP moorings in trawl-resistant frames (AL200 and AL500) and short single-string moorings. Longer single-string ADCP mooring deployments will be done from the trawl deck.
Two container laboratories will be required (one for water filtering and a dry container for communications with sampling equipment). Chlorophyll samples will be stored frozen in the freezer in the Fish House. Nutrient samples will be stored frozen in an empty freezer on the lower container deck.Objectives:
- Perform hydrographic sampling along the ALTERECO monitoring section in the northern North Sea, which will be sampled in all MSS oceanographic surveys in 2018.
- Perform hydrographic sampling along the JONSIS long term monitoring section in the northern North Sea.
- Recover, download and re-deploy an ADCP mooring deployed in a trawl-proof frame on the JONSIS section (the “AlterEco mooring”, AECO).
- Recover, download and re-deploy one ADCP mooring at a position on Fair Isle – Munken (FIM) section.
- Perform hydrographic sampling along the long term monitoring Faroe-Shetland Channel Nolso – Flugga (NOL) section.
- Try to establish communication with previously lost mooring (AL-500) on NOL, and potentially attempt recovery.
- Perform hydrographic sampling along the long-term monitoring Faroe-Shetland Channel Fair Isle – Munken (FIM) section.
- Take water samples for long term storage on Fair Isle – Munken or Nolso – Flugga section stations.
- Perform fine scale VMADCP/CTD survey work on the JONSIS line (around 59° 17′ N, 001° 15′ W).
- If weather/time permits perform a short-term deployment of an ADCP in AL200 frame.
- If weather/time permits, perform VMADCP/CTD survey work in the Moray Firth and/or Aberdeen Bay.
- Run the thermosalinograph throughout the survey.
- Run the VMADCP on all the standard sections.
- SeaBird Conductivity, Temperature and Depth units (CTDs)
- Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs);
- Current meter instrumentation;
- Water filtering equipment;
- Mooring equipment; and
- Chemistry sampling equipment.
- AECO – 59° 16.928′ N 001° 15.393′ W Trawl resistant AL200 frame
- NWSE – 60° 16.42′ N 004° 20.46′ W Short single string mooring
- NWEA – 61° 38.01’N 004° 32.60’W (previously lost, attempt to communicate again)
- AECO – 59° 17.00′ N 001° 15.00′ W on JONSIS
- NWSE – 60° 16.29′ N 004° 20.78′ W on FIM
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