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Missions approved for new Investment Bank

Marine Scotland News list - 4 hours 58 min ago

Aim is to achieve a step change in economic growth.

COVID-19 vaccination programme to start next week

Marine Scotland News list - 6 hours 43 min ago

Regulators have authorised the first vaccine for use in the UK.

Improved fire safety for new flats and social homes

Marine Scotland News list - 6 hours 47 min ago

Changes to sprinkler regulations.

Uncovering secrets of marine life using automated image identification

Marine Scotland Blog - 7 hours 21 min ago
Pennatula phosphorea, phosphorescent sea pens. Crown copyight

Pennatula phosphorea, phosphorescent sea pens. Crown copyright

It’s not easy to learn about what is going on under the surface of the ocean, but a new study is exploring how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can help Marine Scotland uncover the secrets under our seas.

Published as part of the Scottish Marine Research Energy (ScotMER) Programme the new report considers how Marine Scotland could harness AI technology to get better datasets and information that complement the wider research around offshore renewable energy and support decision-making.

The use of underwater video as a method of monitoring salmon in rivers and at sea is becoming widely used as a non-invasive method of data collection.

Salmon in trap inside a trawl. Crown copyright

Salmon in trap inside a trawl. Crown copyright

Video is already used for numerous other purposes in relation to offshore renewables, such as characterising the habitats and species on the seabed before a development takes place, and monitoring the collision risk with a tidal device.

This report assesses the current state of the technology, the most appropriate software platforms to develop automated image analysis and demonstrates that application of such technology is possible with underwater video used at Marine Scotland Science (MSS).

Further development of this technology in the future will mean a large element of detection and identification will be automated and there will be fast and accurate methods of identifying features of conservation interest.

If you would like to know more please come to the Automated Imaging workshop at the ScotMER symposium at 2pm today (Wednesday 2 December).

 

Further Information

Automated Identification of Fish and Other Aquatic Life in Underwater Video

Main picture details: Nephrops norwegicus, Nephrops. Crown copyright

 

 

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Identification of Sabellaria spinulosa reef on the Scottish east coast

Marine Scotland Blog - 10 hours 36 min ago

The Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMER) Programme has commissioned research to confirm the existence of Sabellaria spinulosa (Sabellaria) in reef form off the Scottish east coast. Sabellaria has been known to exist in Scotland for a while, but the significance of classifying it as a ‘reef’ is that it gains protection under the Habitats Directive and under OSPAR. As well as confirming the presence of Sabellaria reef habitats, the study uncovered a new subtype of Sabellaria reef off the east coast of Aberdeenshire.

Sabellaria spinulosa is a tube-dwelling marine polychaete, which can form extensive biogenic reef habitats. The species favours turbid waters with a good supply of sand and has a tendency to co-occur with areas proposed for the development of offshore wind. Indeed, benthic surveys by developers to inform the location of offshore wind farms off the Scottish east coast first revealed the occurrence of Sabellaria habitats, with reef-like qualities. This study assessed video and digital stills data from five sites off the Aberdeenshire coast against existing ‘reefiness’ criteria.

New sub-type of Sabellaria spinulosa habitat discovered off Aberdeenshire. Picture courtesy of Oceana

New sub-type of Sabellaria spinulosa habitat discovered off Aberdeenshire. Picture (and main picture) courtesy of Oceana.

Four of the five sites were found to support significant areas of reef, with the best examples in the Southern Trench and off Rattray Head. A new and unique S. spinulosa reef habitat sub-type was identified  in and around the Southern Trench. The new sub-type was termed a Sabellaria ‘bommie’, due to its tendency for the species to aggregate in isolated clumps on cobbles and boulders, and act as a diverse, well-developed reef community in an otherwise fairly featureless soft bottom habitat.

Recommendations regarding the conservation and management of Sabellaria reefs in Scotland are proposed to ensure it is protected while facilitating the development of the offshore energy sector.

Be sure to join us for the benthic session of the ScotMER symposium at 10:30 today to find out more.

 

Further information

Pearce, B. and Kimber, J. (2020). The Status of Sabellaria spinulosa Reef off the Moray Firth and Aberdeenshire Coasts and Guidance for Conservation of the Species off the Scottish East Coast. Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 11 No 17, 100pp. DOI: 10.7489/12336-1

 

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Community Asymptomatic Test site opens in Johnstone

Marine Scotland News list - 10 hours 52 min ago

Testing for up 12,000 residents without symptoms available at drop-in site.

CashBack for Communities

Marine Scotland News list - 10 hours 52 min ago

More than 100,000 young people supported by scheme.

Vacancy: Senior Policy Officer, Marine Planning – closing date 10 December

Marine Scotland Blog - 11 hours 21 min ago

We are currently seeking applications for Senior Policy Officer – Marine Planning within the Marine Scotland department based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Marine Scotland is responsible for managing Scotland’s seas ensuring prosperity and environmental sustainability. Effective marine planning is at the heart of this, ensuring that the marine and coastal environment is managed in an integrated and holistic way. In 2015 Scotland published its first National Marine Plan – a single framework for managing our seas.

The primary focus of the role will be to facilitate and manage marine planning and related strategic environmental and socio-economic projects in relation to the development of offshore renewables in Scottish Waters. These initiatives aim to support and inform the development and location of commercial scale offshore renewable energy developments in Scottish Waters. The Scottish Government is published a Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind on 28 October 2020. This post will play a key role in both the co-ordination and strategic direction of the programme board established to drive forward the important process of Iterative Plan Review (IPR).

Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government’s ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. The Remote Interviews will be conducted by WebEx. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

Further Information for this job

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, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Damon Hewlett who can be reached at damon.hewlett@gov.scot.

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

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Controls for wild wrasse fisheries

Marine Scotland Blog - Tue, 2020-12-01 12:35

Mandatory controls over the harvesting of wild wrasse for managing sea lice in the salmon farming industry have been announced by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

The new measures are to be introduced following a recent consultation with the industry and will be brought into effect from 1 May 2021. Fishers will have to meet certain criteria, show they have an appropriate relationship with an aquaculture business and have a proven track record to obtain a permit for harvesting wild wrasse.

The move is expected to improve management of the fishery, provide clear instructions to all those involved, and secure better reporting of activity and data from fishers to Marine Scotland.

Mr Ewing said:

“These measures will support the sustainable growth of our valuable aquaculture industry while also maintaining the right balance across our economic, environmental and social responsibilities.

“Mandatory measures for wild wrasse harvesting will help to maintain healthy stocks of this fish which is so important for treating and controlling lice in our salmon farms while improvements to the way we consider regulation of fish farms will ensure the impact from interactions with iconic wild salmon and sea trout is reduced.

“We will work with fishers to help ensure reasonable fishing opportunities remain, that there is access for new entrants to wrasse fishing and that there is a fair recruitment system that takes into account sustainability and the aspirations of fishermen who may wish to diversify. This is an area we will continue to develop. Measures will be kept under review and we will look to refine them as more evidence, data and technology becomes available.

“As we look ahead to economic recovery and the development of the Blue Economy, sustainability must be at the heart of what we do to ensure future generations can enjoy all of the beauty and nature that Scotland has to offer whilst safeguarding jobs in some of our most rural and fragile communities.”

Background

The Analysis of responses to the consultation on Proposed New Mandatory Fishing Measures for Wild Wrasse Harvesting will be published in due course.

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£25 million apprenticeship support

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2020-12-01 10:38

Creating opportunities for every young person in Scotland.

£540 million in benefit payments since launch of new system

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2020-12-01 10:20

Social Security Scotland reports on its first full financial year

Scottish House Condition Survey: 2019 Key Findings

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2020-12-01 10:08

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

Vacancy: Senior Policy Officer, Regional Marine Planning – closing date 10 December

Marine Scotland Blog - Tue, 2020-12-01 09:00

We are currently seeking applications for Senior Policy Officer – Regional Marine Planning within the Marine Scotland department based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Marine Scotland is responsible for managing Scotland’s seas ensuring prosperity and environmental sustainability. Effective marine planning is at the heart of this, ensuring that the marine and coastal environment is managed in an integrated and holistic way. In 2015 Scotland published its first National Marine Plan – a single framework for managing our seas.

The primary focus of the role will be to facilitate and manage marine planning and related strategic environmental and socio-economic projects in relation to the development of offshore renewables in Scottish Waters. These initiatives aim to support and inform the development and location of commercial scale offshore renewable energy developments in Scottish Waters. The Scottish Government is published a Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind on 28 October 2020. This post will play a key role in both the co-ordination and strategic direction of the programme board established to drive forward the important process of Iterative Plan Review (IPR).

Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government’s ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. The Remote Interviews will be conducted by WebEx. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

Further Information for this job

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, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Damon Hewlett who can be reached at damon.hewlett@gov.scot.

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

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Eliminating HIV transmission by 2030

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2020-12-01 00:01

Plan announced to mark World Aids Day.

£500 bonus for health and social care staff

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2020-11-30 17:20

Pandemic workforce thanked for their service.

Winter support fund for families and children

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2020-11-30 16:53

£100 million package will help communities at risk.

Vacancy: Seaman 1A – closing date 9 December

Marine Scotland Blog - Mon, 2020-11-30 15:30

We are currently seeking applications for a Seaman 1A within Marine Scotland based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

There are currently vacancies available for the post of Seaman 1A based on board our vessels. The posts are primarily based on our Research Vessels MRV Alba Na Mara and MRV Scotia, although it is expected that the successful candidate will also be prepared to work on the protection vessels if required. MRV Alba Na Mara and MRV Scotia are 27 metres and 69 metres in length respectively.  Research cruises vary in length, but generally are no more than 22 days.

The Marine Protection Vessels are Minna, Jura and Hirta. Minna is 47 metres in length and both Jura and Hirta are 84 metres in length. These vessels carry out patrols which normally last no more than 21 days.

All vessels work double crewing manning allowing for trip on/trip off rostering.

Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government’s ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to the ‘Zoom’ app by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

Further Information for this job

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, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Mari Valli or Lewis Mitchell at mscompliancebsu@gov.scot.

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

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Second phase of flu vaccine

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2020-11-30 15:01

Adults over 60 invited for vaccine.

More people can claim Self-Isolation Support Grant

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2020-11-30 12:40

Help extended to parents of children self-isolating.

Harnessing digital for economic recovery

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2020-11-30 11:03

Accelerating digital adoption by small and medium-sized firms.

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