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MRV Alba na Mara 0120A – latest news

Tue, 2020-01-21 08:00

The annual underwater television Nephrops research survey neither started on the 6th January 2020 nor worked on the west coast, despite the survey plan. The vessel was initially storm bound in Fraserburgh for three days and once out of the harbour the 5m+ swell along the north coast meant the vessel couldn’t reach the west coast.

 

However in sheltered waters off Nairn, work was possible and prior to the half landing in Inverness, a time lapse camera had been deployed; four sites had been surveyed using both the TV sledge and drop frame (to compare the observed difference in burrow abundance between the two systems); a trawled site had been surveyed with the sledge 15 times (to observe the rate in which burrows are re-established following trawling); new data logging software had been trialled and updated; an innovative high definition camera (which uses the existing copper cable to transmit live footage rather than fibre-optic cable, which is not available on MSS vessels) had been piloted; two sessions using an ROV had taken place; in addition to a significant amount of on board training , as the survey had two new members of MSS staff on board.

 

One diversion was when the vessel had some visitors in the form of the SAR team, which used Alba for practice to lower a crew member from a helicopter. So whilst storms were being experienced around the coast, the work continued in the western Moray Firth unhindered, with a back drop of memorable sunrises/sunsets and the occasional accompany seal … but no dolphins yet!

 

 

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MRV Scotia 0120S – latest news

Mon, 2020-01-20 12:30

Here we go again! Like every January for the past 20+ years, our group set off on the Scotia from Leith to collect flat fish, mud, and more recently microplastics. This year, we will remain along the coast whilst having a fair distance to travel (see map below).

Map 1. Sediment sites location

Alongside the usual sampling sites we also want to explore new locations to improve the coverage of certain area. Therefore we will attempt to fish in 3 new sites (Central Minch, North of Coll and West Orkney), weather permitting!

So far, we managed to travel all the way to the Solway Firth to collect samples … witnessing some beautiful sceneries on the way, such as Aisla Craig south of Arran. We also managed to deploy the catamaran to collect surface microplastics despite difficult wind conditions.

We are now travelling back north towards the Minch, hoping that Storm Brendan will allow us to keep sampling. The sea has been fairly rough today (Tuesday 14th January) and unfortunately the wind and swell will only start to settle later on in the week.

The team has been working really well despite the conditions and everyone seems pretty happy.

Additional Information:

MRV Scotia 0120 Blog Post
Marine Scotland Website
MRV Scotia Topic Sheet

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Vacancy: Fishery Assistant, closing date 11 February

Tue, 2020-01-14 17:30

Salary: £19314 – £21482
Location: Fraserburgh
Hours: Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date: 11 February 2020 at midnight
Reference: IRC80014E
Employment Type: Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Fishery Assistant within the Marine Scotland based in Fraserburgh. 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.

This vacancy offers an exciting opportunity to join a small team and provide admin support to the fishery officers.The Fishery Assistant is the first point of contact for the public and other government departments, 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.

Qualifications Required:
For jobs in Band A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1 – 3) or Ordinary Grades (A-C) including English and a numerical subject.Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria:
1. Excellent communication skills and confidence in dealing with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
2. The ability to handle and analyse information to assist decision-making of senior officers.
3. Be able to work as part of a small team and also have the ability to work on own initiative, seeking support and guidance from line management as required.

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, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Stuart McCubbin who can be reached at stuart.mccubbin@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or 0300 244 9187.

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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Vacancy: Marine Planning Policy Officer, closing date 11 February

Mon, 2020-01-13 14:30
Salary: B2 – £29,759 – £34,087 Location: Glasgow Hours: Around 37.00 per week Closing Date: 11 February 2020 at midnight Reference: IRC74997E Employment Type: Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Planning Policy Officer  within the Marine Scotland  based in Glasgow or 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 the lead marine management organisation in Scotland. It sits within DG Economy and is a part of the core Scottish Government. Its purpose is to manage Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely with a range of delivery partners to do so. With 61% of the UK sea area, a fishing and aquaculture industry worth over £1 billion and 50,000 jobs in the marine economy and at least 6,500 species of marine plants and animals this is a high profile and fast paced policy area.

The Marine Planning and Policy Division is responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of Scotland’s marine area. This post sits within the Marine Planning & Strategy Team.

Effective marine planning is key to achieving Marine Scotland’s vision, 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 next step, following the National Marine Plan is to translate this into regional marine plans ensuring that marine planning can be implemented effectively at the local level, allowing local and regional communities and sectoral stakeholders to address local issues and inform decision making.

The primary focus of this role will be to facilitate and manage the implementation and operational management of the Regional Marine Planning and Local Coastal Partnerships and ultimately assist these organisations in delivering marine planning initiatives at a regional level. To date, Clyde and Shetland RMPPs have been established and are in the early stages of developing their Regional Plans. Orkney has been identified as the next region to establish an MPP. It is the intention that Regional Marine Planning Partnerships and Plans will eventually be in place for 11 marine regions around Scotland. This post will play a pivotal role in making this happen.

Qualifications Required:

For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria:

1. Excellent project management skills with a track record of delivering projects on time and on budget.
2. Ability to analyse complex information to inform policy or decision making.
3. Ability to communicate complex information clearly and concisely with a broad range of interested parties.
4. Experience of collaborating with delivery partners to achieve successful outcomes.

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, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ian Black  who can be reached at ian.black@gov.scot or on 0131 244 5900.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Resourcing Team  on 0131 244 8217 or via recruitment@gov.scot 

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Nephrops Activity on the West Coast

Thu, 2020-01-09 10:00

MRV Alba na Mara Programme

Survey: 0120A

Duration: 6-22 January 2020

Gear: 

Large TV drop frame
TV sledge
Static time lapse camera frame
1 x 600m umbilical towing cable
1 x armoured cable
Video cameras and associated equipment (plus backup)
Stand-alone time lapse stills camera, recorder and power supply (for static camera frame)
Four lasers and 60cm bracket for the drop frame
Adjustable laser bracket
1 x BT201 prawn trawl (plus minimal spares)
Day grab, sieves and table
ROV Video Ray model 3
Prawn sorting table
Go Pro deep water housing

 

Objectives:
  • To obtain video footage from Nephrops grounds using adjustable lasers mounted on the TV sledge in able to estimate Nephrops burrow entrance size.
  • To compare two different methodologies to establish Nephrops burrow abundance (using the sledge and drop frame UWTV systems).
  • To monitor burrow reconstruction following trawl activity.
  • To trial the OTAQ high definition camera.
  • To observe burrowing fauna on Nephrops grounds using the static, time lapse camera.
  • To use the video footage to record occurrence of other benthic fauna and evidence of commercial trawling activity.
  • To stream the trawl to adjust warp spooling.
  • To collect trawl caught samples of Nephrops for comparison of reproductive condition and morphometrics.
  • To record and collect any trawl caught marine litter.

 

Procedure:

Survey activity will be very dependent on the weather, and it may be required to alter the work plans during the survey.

 

On leaving port, the vessel will head to the Southern trench and shoot the trawl, paying out as much warp as possible. The trawl will then be recovered immediately allowing for adjustments to be made to the spooling process as required by the vessel.

 

The vessel will then head west to Loch Torridon, where potential sites for deploying the static camera frame will be surveyed using the ROV. Once a suitable site is selected the frame, equipped with a time lapse camera, flash and power supply, will be lowered onto the seabed on Nephrops grounds. Depending on the weather and progress with the work schedule, this frame will remain in place until the day before the half landing, when the frame and camera will be recovered, the data downloaded and then returned to the seabed until the work on the west coast has been completed near the end of the survey.

 

Following the deployment of the time lapse camera, the next task during the first half of the survey will be to carry out burrow recovery trials at two sites. Ideally this work will be carried out in the southern end of the Inner Sound; however, this will depend on the availability of a sufficiently large enough area, free from creels and other potentially high risk objects – a visual inspection of the area will be required before any work is undertaken. Initially the operation will involve carrying out five standard sledge tows on known Nephrops grounds, 500 m apart in a linear path at both of the trawl sites. Following the sledge work the trawl will deployed over the areas previously surveyed by the sledge. Each of the sites where the sledge was deployed will be revisited on a regular basis (where practicably possible) over the remaining days before the half landing and the sledge redeployed on the original positions. The cod end will remain open during the trawls in an effort to return as many live animals (i.e. Nephrops and other species) to the grounds as possible to maximize the potential for burrows to be re-excavated. This work is an extension to similar trials carried out on 0119A.

 

During the burrow recovery trials, a high definition camera will be attached to the TV sledge to record footage in parallel to the standard analogue Konesberg camera used in UWTV surveys. A comparison of the two formats will be undertaken and examined for quality control purposes.

Following the recovery and redeployment of the static camera frame the vessel will then head to port for the half landing where a change of scientific and engineering staff will take place.

 

Comparative trials between the drop frame and sledge UWTV system will be carried out during the second half of the trip. This work will be undertaken at several sites in the Sound of Raasay and the Inner Sound (as time and weather permits) by deploying the sledge five times on known Nephrops grounds, in parallel tracks 200 m long and approximately 50 m apart. The drop frame will then be deployed over the same ground a further three times and at 900 to the direction that the sledge travelled, with video of the sea bed being recorded at all times with both methods. This work will be a continuation of work completed on previous surveys. Precise details of the locations where the trials are to be carried out will be discussed nearer the time with the ship’s officers and be dependent on weather, commercial activity and habitat suitability.

 

Throughout the survey, two lasers on an adjustable bracket will be attached to the sledge. The distance between the lasers will be adjusted between deployments and provide a comparative scale to estimate burrow size.

 

Time and weather permitting, trawling may take place and all Nephrops caught during the trawls will be assessed for morphometric, weight, maturity and sex data. All landed litter will be recorded and returned to port.

 

All sediment samples obtained during the survey will be frozen.

 

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Marine Scotland Science Discover New Coral Species on Rockall

Thu, 2020-01-09 09:00

 

A view of each side of the same specimen of Ptilella greyi.

Scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS) have discovered a new species of coral on Rockall Bank in the North East Atlantic. The discovery is of an animal known as a sea pen, which as it lacks a hard outer skeleton is often described as a soft coral. The species is described fully in a scientific paper titled “Resurrection of the sea pen genus Ptilella” which was published in journal Scientia Marina in the later end of 2019.

Ptilella greyi is a large (up to 60 cm tall) ‘meaty’ sea pen that is widely distributed over central Rockall Bank within the 145-390 m depth range. One of the larger invertebrates now known to be present on Rockall Bank, the species was first found in 2007 by MSS scientists undertaking a routine survey with their research vessel MRV Scotia. Following the initial find, MSS scientist Jim Drewery undertook a full trawl inspection subsequent to every deployment within the area, sifting through around 1500 trawls over the next decade, looking for this new species. This allowed for the species distribution to be mapped coherently and for a picture to start building up; showing where the species was present and, also importantly, where it was not.

Marine survey expert Jim Drewery collaborated with sea pen experts Dr Pablo López-González and Francisco J. García-Cárdena from the University of Seville over this period, as new data and further specimens were found. The paper describes the taxonomic features of the species and, backed up by molecular data and literature searches going back to the late 19th century, indicated that the classification required the resurrection of the ‘extinct’ genus Ptilella, first proposed in 1870 by Dr John Edward Gray but discarded by taxonomists in later years.

Head of Marine Scotland Science, Tim McDonnell OBE commented: “This is another fantastic find that further highlights our expertise in marine science. Thanks to our long-term monitoring work that is facilitated through vessels like MRV Scotia, this sea pen has been correctly identified as a completely new species, for which the resurrection of the Ptilella genus was necessary.”

Named because of their close resemblance to quill-pens, sea pens are colonial animals that are found in the softer sediments of the seabed. Sea pens use specialised polyps (hollow stalks with a mouth and tentacles) to filter-feed, and are found in all oceans from intertidal areas to those more than 6000 m in depth. The image above shows a view of each side of the same specimen of Ptilella greyi.

The surveys that facilitated this research were part of a long-term monitoring programme by MSS that collects data on fish stocks in the deep sea. Surveys contributing data to this research included the annual Rockall Haddock Surveys, the annual Rockall Anglerfish Surveys and the ecologically themed (OFFshore Fisheries and CONservation (OFFCON) surveys of 2011 and 2012.

The original specimens of Ptilella greyi examined in this research will be displayed at the National Museum Scotland, the Natural History Museum, London, the Museu de Zoologia de Barcelona and at the University of Seville.

(Featured image above: Observed distribution of Ptilella greyi.)

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Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme

Wed, 2020-01-08 10:00

MRV Scotia Programme

Survey: 0120S

Duration: 6-21 January 2020

Fishing gear: BT 137 with Ground gear E;

Sediment Sampling: Day grab

Litter sampling: Catamaran and neuston trawl

Water sampling: Aquatracka fluorometer, Seabird 25 and modified acoustic sledge

 

Objectives:
  1. To undertake water, sediment and biological sampling for the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP).
  2. Monitor and record all litter brought aboard in all trawls. Sample water column and sediment for micro-plastic litter. Collect fish guts and any other biota of interest for microplastic research.
  3. If possible, deploy Aquatracka and Seabird 25 to collect fluorescence data.

 

Procedure:

Scientific staff will join the vessel on 05 January 2020 to conduct final set-up of scientific equipment. After required drills, the vessel will depart Leith (am) on 06 January and head for the nearest sampling station as agreed with the master and fishing master. The order in which sampling stations will be undertaken will be agreed on a daily basis and in line with current weather conditions.

Fish sampling for biological effect assessment will be carried out at multiple locations detailed in Table 1.

Due to a lack of sites in certain sampling regions, new sites (in red in Table 1) will be tested and assessed for the collection of dab (in Central Minch, North of Coll and West of Orkney). If successful, the target species will be sampled for biological effect assessment and chemistry analysis.

Fish will be sampled for chemical analyses, biological effects and fish diseases (Table 2). Some biological effects measurements will be carried out during the survey.

Sediment sampling will be carried out at the Montrose bank, East coast, Inner and Outer Moray Firth, Minch North, Minch South, Colonsay, Outer Hebrides, Sea of Hebrides and Solway sites. Sediment sampling will also be carried out at the four CSEMP fixed sites (NMMP85 – North Minch, NMMP95 – Inner Moray Firth, NMMP105 – Outer Moray Firth, NMMP165 – Montrose Bank) (see Map 1). Sediments will be sampled for chemical analyses at all locations. The coordinates of all sediments site is shown in Table 3 (Primary sites) and Table 4 (Secondary sites – used if Sampling a Primary site failed).

 

Sediment sampling will also be attempted in the West of Orkney (exact location to be confirmed – see green circle on (Map 1) to add another sampling site on the CSEMP programme.

 

Monitoring of all litter brought on board during trawling operations will continue throughout the survey. The catamaran will be deployed to sample for micro-plastics whenever possible (exact high priority locations to be confirmed) and samples processed onboard as far as possible. Additional sediment samples will also be taken for micro-plastics where possible. Fish guts and any other biota of interest might also be preserved and returned to the lab for analysis (exact sampling requirements to be confirmed)

 

The Aquatracka will be deployed in the Forth and in at least one other area to obtain reference measurements. Vertical profiling will be performed and tows using the modified acoustic sledge will also be tested.

 

Table 3: Sediment grabs locations – PRIMARY SITES.

REGION Field ID decLat decLong Latitude Longitude Outer Forth E of Isle of May 56.1994 -2.4096 56 11.96N 002 24.57W N of Wheat Stack 55.9998 -2.2497 55 59.99N 002 14.98W NE Torness 56.1001 -2.3404 56 6.00N 002 20.42W Rath Grounds 56.1593 -2.6593 56 9.56N 002 39.56W S of Isle of May 56.1335 -2.5351 56 8.01N 002 32.11W The Minch North UM1.1 58.0350 -6.2100 58 2.10N 006 12.60W UM1.2 58.1060 -5.6950 58 6.36N 005 41.70W UM1.3 57.9870 -5.7430 57 59.22N 005 44.58W UM1.4 58.2000 -5.8800 58 12.00N 005 52.80W UM1.5 57.9910 -5.5810 57 59.46N 005 34.86W 85se 58.0000 -5.6667 58 0.00N 005 40.00W The Minch South UM2.1 58.1120 -5.9310 58 6.72N 005 55.86W UM2.2 58.1320 -5.8980 58 7.92N 005 53.88W UM2.3 57.8590 -6.0280 57 51.54N 006 1.68W UM2.4 57.7540 -6.0200 57 45.24N 006 1.20W UM2.5 57.7580 -5.9130 57 45.48N 005 54.78W Sea of Hebrides SOH1.1 56.7640 -7.4390 56 45.84N 007 26.34W SOH1.2 56.6000 -7.4990 56 36.00N 007 29.94W SOH1.3 56.8310 -6.8440 56 49.86N 006 50.64W SOH1.4 56.4460 -6.7310 56 26.76N 006 43.86W SOH1.5 56.6270 -7.5260 56 37.62N 007 31.56W SOH1.6 56.6850 -6.8890 56 41.10N 006 53.34W SOH1.7 57.1010 -7.1720 57 6.06N 007 10.32W SOH1.8 56.8930 -6.5550 56 53.58N 006 33.30W SOH1.9 56.3870 -6.4770 56 23.22N 006 28.62W SOH1.10 56.8100 -6.6940 56 48.60N 006 41.64W Hebrides HEB1 1 57.5560 -8.6250 57 33.36N 008 37.50W HEB1 2 57.6370 -8.6370 57 38.22N 008 38.22W HEB1 3 57.5770 -8.6640 57 34.62N 008 39.84W HEB1 4 57.3750 -8.4330 57 22.50N 008 25.98W HEB1 5 57.6000 -8.5810 57 36.00N 008 34.86W Colonsay COL1 56.1100 -6.0800 56 6.60N 006 4.80W COL2 56.0890 -6.1420 56 5.34N 006 8.52W COL3 56.1180 -6.0510 56 7.08N 006 3.06W COL4 56.1520 -6.0720 56 9.12N 006 4.32W COL5 56.1680 -6.1160 56 10.08N 006 6.96W Solway SOL1 54.7500 -4.0000 54 45.00N 003 60.00W SOL2 54.7665 -3.8345 54 45.99N 003 50.07W SOL3 54.7565 -3.8630 54 45.39N 003 51.78W SOL4 54.7500 -3.9157 54 45.00N 003 54.94W SOL5 54.7272 -3.9600 54 43.63N 003 57.60W East Coast  EC1.1 56.5570 -2.5100 56 33.42N 002 30.60W EC1.2 56.6690 -2.1630 56 40.14N 002 9.78W EC1.3 56.6270 -2.3810 56 37.62N 002 22.86W EC1.4 56.5180 -2.5460 56 31.08N 002 32.76W EC1.5 56.6780 -2.1690 56 40.68N 002 10.14W 165se 56.5000 -1.5000 56 30.00N 001 30.00W Moray Firth MF1.1 57.7320 -3.8110 57 43.92N 003 48.66W MF1.2 57.9040 -3.6480 57 54.24N 003 38.88W MF1.3 57.7990 -3.3580 57 47.94N 003 21.48W MF1.4 57.9440 -3.5460 57 56.64N 003 32.76W MF1.5 57.9120 -3.5300 57 54.72N 003 31.80W MF2.1 57.9600 -2.8450 57 57.60N 002 50.70W MF2.2 57.9150 -2.7380 57 54.90N 002 44.28W MF2.3 57.8670 -1.9490 57 52.02N 001 56.94W MF2.4 57.8690 -2.8690 57 52.14N 002 52.14W MF2.5 57.8040 -2.1900 57 48.24N 002 11.40W MF2.6 57.7990 -2.6530 57 47.94N 002 39.18W MF2.7 57.8610 -3.1720 57 51.66N 003 10.32W MF2.8 57.8440 -2.9130 57 50.64N 002 54.78W MF2.9 57.9050 -3.0410 57 54.30N 003 2.46W MF2.10 57.9050 -3.0410 57 54.30N 003 2.46W 105se 58.0500 -3.0000 58 3.00N 002 60.00W 95se 57.6667 -3.8167 57 40.00N 003 49.00W

 

Table 4: Sediment grabs locations – SECONDARY SITES

REGION Field ID decLat decLong Latitude Longitude The Minch North UM1.6 58.1330 -5.6540 58 7.98N 005 39.24W UM1.7 58.3080 -6.0300 58 18.48N 006 1.80W UM1.8 58.1130 -6.1690 58 6.78N 006 10.14W UM1.9 58.2560 -5.5300 58 15.36N 005 31.80W UM1.10 58.2060 -5.4990 58 12.36N 005 29.94W The Minch South UM2.6 57.8770 -6.1830 57 52.62N 006 10.98W UM2.7 57.8420 -6.1730 57 50.52N 006 10.38W UM2.8 57.9390 -6.0410 57 56.34N 006 2.46W UM2.9 57.7180 -6.1330 57 43.08N 006 7.98W UM2.10 57.8310 -5.9900 57 49.86N 005 59.40W Sea of Hebrides SOH1.11 56.8430 -6.6550 56 50.58N 006 39.30W SOH1.12 56.7570 -7.1110 56 45.42N 007 6.66W SOH1.13 56.9120 -7.2950 56 54.72N 007 17.70W SOH1.14 56.7490 -6.9390 56 44.94N 006 56.34W SOH1.15 56.4480 -7.1510 56 26.88N 007 9.06W Hebrides HEB1 6 57.6050 -8.7390 57 36.30N 008 44.34W HEB1 7 57.6050 -8.6920 57 36.30N 008 41.52W HEB1 8 57.5150 -8.6540 57 30.90N 008 39.24W HEB1 9 57.4880 -8.6440 57 29.28N 008 38.64W HEB1 10 57.5790 -8.7550 57 34.74N 008 45.30W East Coast EC1 6 56.7190 -2.2080 56 43.14N 002 12.48W EC1 7 56.6350 -2.3540 56 38.10N 002 21.24W EC1 8 56.5450 -2.4050 56 32.70N 002 24.30W EC1 9 56.5540 -2.4220 56 33.24N 002 25.32W EC1 10 56.6490 -2.2520 56 38.94N 002 15.12W Moray Firth MF1 6 57.9010 -3.4510 57 54.06N 003 27.06W MF1 7 57.8740 -3.6280 57 52.44N 003 37.68W MF1 8 57.6440 -3.6640 57 38.64N 003 39.84W MF1 9 57.7200 -3.6250 57 43.20N 003 37.50W MF1 10 57.9200 -3.6600 57 55.20N 003 39.60W MF2 11 57.7750 -2.3650 57 46.50N 002 21.90W MF2 12 57.8420 -2.1150 57 50.52N 002 6.90W MF2 13 57.7980 -2.3940 57 47.88N 002 23.64W MF2 14 57.8280 -1.9120 57 49.68N 001 54.72W MF2 15 57.7940 -2.3640 57 47.64N 002 21.84W

 

Map 1. Sediment sites location

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Vacancy: Aquarium Technician, closing date 22 January 2020

Mon, 2020-01-06 15:00

Salary: £22557 – £24159
Location: Aberdeen
Hours: Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date: 22 January 2020 at midnight
Reference: IRC79719E
Employment Type: Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for an Aquarium Technician within the Marine Scotland based in Aberdeen. 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.

The successful candidate will participate in a variety of research projects carried out in the Aquarium Services Group and will also support projects in other programmes and research themes within Marine Scotland Science. Involvement will vary from routine welfare checks and assisting scientists and the daily running of the aquarium facility. Operation and Maintenance of the aquarium facilities at the Marine Laboratory, this includes the identification, repair, resolution of faults within Aquarium facilities and consultation with on-site contractors.

Qualifications Required:

For jobs in Bands A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1-3) or Ordinary Grades (grades A-C) including English and a numerical subject.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.
• Experience of fish husbandry and/or working with live fish.
• Experience of working with plant, machinery and control/monitoring systems associated with, or of a type used in, aquarium systems.
• Knowledge of Plumbing, pumps, and filtration systems associated with aquarium systems.
• Competent and confident in the use of IT Packages including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

Essential Criteria:

1. Experience of fish husbandry and/or working with live fish.
2. Experience of working with plant, machinery and control/monitoring systems associated with, or of a type used in, aquarium systems.
3. Knowledge of Plumbing, pumps, and filtration systems associated with aquarium systems.
4. Competent and confident in the use of IT Packages including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.

 

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, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Ben Williamson who can be reached at ben.williamson@gov.scot or 0131 244 3717.

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.

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Vacancy: Fishery Assistant, Edinburgh – closing date: 14 January 2020

Fri, 2019-12-20 09:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Fishery Assistant 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.

The successful candidate will join the Marine Scotland Compliance division. Marine Scotland is responsible for the integrated management of Scotland’s seas. Marine Scotland Compliance, a division of Marine Scotland, is entrusted with the effective monitoring and enforcement of marine and fishing laws.

Qualifications Required
  • You must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1-3) or Ordinary Grades (A-C) including English and a numerical subject.
  • Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.
  • Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be sifted out.
Essential Criteria
  1.  Good IT and analytical skills, with experience of using Microsoft Office packages, i.e. Access, Excel, Word. Knowledge of government systems (including fishery related databases and in house software packages) would also be beneficial.
  2. Excellent administration and organisational skills. The successful candidate should be proactive, with the ability to prioritise and plan workloads, working to tight deadlines.
  3. Ability to work as part of a team, sharing information and ideas and when necessary, to work autonomously to take forward specific tasks.
  4. Good written and verbal communication skills and confidence in dealing with a wide range of people at all levels including internal and external stakeholders.
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, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact John Mills who can be reached at john.mills@gov.scot or 0131 244 4654.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0131 244 8500 or via recruitment@gov.scot

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Deep Sea Communities Explored at Rosemary Bank

Thu, 2019-12-19 11:00

A team of scientists, with the lead author from Marine Scotland Science (MSS), have had a paper published in the Deep Sea Research Part I journal describing the deep sea communities of the Rosemary Bank Seamount Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the North East Atlantic.

The paper provides essential baseline information on the composition of fish and invertebrate communities at Rosemary Bank Seamount, and a description of how these communities change with depth.

It was found that the fish formed four distinct communities on the seamount, from the summit plateau to the deep moat at the base. The invertebrates had two distinct communities on the seamount, which included extensive and diverse deep-sea sponge grounds occurring on the lower slope.

These findings are based on a decade of study by our colleagues using visual and trawl surveys from 2007 to 2017 and provides a reference point to assess the impact of management intervention in the future.

This paper was produced as part of our core work to provide evidence to support policies and regulations aimed at the conservation and management of Scotland’s waters. These include: Scotland’s National Marine Plan, the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy, the OSPAR Convention, and the UK Marine Assessment.

The deepwater surveys that contributed the data for this paper were undertaken aboard MRV Scotia and the work was funded by the Scottish Government projects EcoSDEEP and MOREDEEP.

This work is also part of a larger body of work that has earned us a ‘Highly Commended’ award for ‘Innovation’ at the recent Nature of Scotland Awards.

Seabed imagery from towed camera system depicting sponge grounds; a) Geodia atlantica (large white cup-shaped sponges) and ‘Tetilla’ longipilis (small brown round sponges), and b) ‘Tetilla’ longipilis (small brown round sponges), Hexadella cf dedritifera (yellow encrusting sponges) together with an orange roughy (Hoplostethus atlanticus).

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Scotia 1919S – Latest News

Wed, 2019-12-18 12:00

Six scientists and the Scotia crew are missing out on all the Christmas preparations because they are working hard on MRV Scotia in the Northern North Sea and the Faroe-Shetland-Channel for 11 days. This work contributes to our long-term monitoring to evaluate changes in hydrography and circulation in Scottish waters and the North Atlantic.

So far the weather has been fine, with blue skies and calm seas, except for half a day of waiting for the swell to die down. Everyone, thankfully, has found their sea legs and is enjoying the food prepared by the cook.

The only two women on the ship are the SIC and co-Scientists In Charge, trialling a new succession planning/training for this position. This seems to be working well. We have a meeting with the captain every morning to discuss weather conditions and the plan for the next 24 hours. Additionally, we are working on the same shift so that the process of decision making can be shared along with previous experiences when sailing wasn’t quite so smooth.

A few issues with the ship were all overcome professionally by the crew and the scientific work has continued. We got a short glimpse of the snow-covered Faroe Islands as we steamed from one monitoring line to the next.

So far we have completed around 40 CTD stations, taken 96 salinity samples, 123 nutrient samples, 36 dissolved oxygen samples, 135 chlorophyll samples, measured currents under the ship, deployed a mooring, shrunk 10 styrofoam cups/balls (which significantly reduced in size when sent down to 1300m in the Faroe-Shetland-Channel), and finished a puzzle.

We are all looking forward to be home by the 22nd to celebrate Christmas and return to a regular sleep pattern.

 

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Vacancy: Cook Steward, closing date 14 January 2020

Wed, 2019-12-18 09:00

Salary: £30,920 – £33,813
Location: Various
Hours: Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date: 14 January 2020 at midnight
Reference: IRC80288E
Employment Type: Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Cook Steward within Marine Scotland based on the Marine Protection and Marine Research Vessels. 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.

This post will be based on board either our Marine Protection Vessels or Marine Research Vessels. The Marine Protection Vessels are MPV Minna, MPV Jura and MPV Hirta. These vessels carry out patrols which normally last 21 days. The Marine Research Vessels MRV Alba na Mara and MRV Scotia carry out research cruises that vary in length, but generally are no more than 22 days. All vessels are double manned, permitting trip on/trip off crew rostering. The catering department consists of two posts except for the Alba na Mara which carries one Cook Steward.

Qualifications Required:
  1. Full Ship’s Cook Certificate of Competency
  2. Relevant STCW certification including up to date certification in Personal Survival Techniques, Basic Firefighting, elementary first, Personal and Social Responsibility plus Proficiency in Security Duties.
  3. Valid unrestricted ENG1 medical certificate.
  4. Food Hygiene Certification (as per latest STCW requirements).
  5. Ability and willingness to work in the capacity of either Cook and/ or Steward, dependent on vessel requirements.
Essential Criteria:
  1. Ability to prepare and cook all meals as per menus, and the ability to assist Chief Steward, if appropriate, with preparation of these menus and ordering of appropriate stores.
  2. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to work with the minimum of supervision to produce a high standard nutritious food.
  3. Knowledge and skills to ensure a high standard of hygiene both in preparation of food and in cleaning galley, food handling spaces and food store rooms.
  4. Excellent awareness of safe and hygienic working practices.
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, 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 who can be reached at: mscompliancebsu@gov.scot  or telephone: 0131 244 6073. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 0131 244 9252 or via recruitment@gov.scot. Further information for this job:

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Vacancy: Technical Assistant, Aberdeen – closing date 14 January 2020

Tue, 2019-12-17 14:00

Salary: £19314 – £21482
Location: Aberdeen
Hours: Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date: 14 January 2020 at midnight
Reference: IRC79051 E
Employment Type: Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for a Technical Assistant within Marine Scotland based in Aberdeen. 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.

The Engineering Group would like to employ a A3 Technical Assistant ( Mechanical Workshop ) in a business critical service area of Marine Scotland Science. This will allow us to continue to deliver the group’s objectives and the support provided to MSS in areas of work including:

  • Management of Marine Protected Area conservation objectives;
  • Fulfil our EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive requirements for Descriptors 1 and 6;
  • Renewables installation and interaction with the marine environment;
  • Commercial fish stock assessments; and
  • Consequences of oil and gas infrastructure decommissioning.
Qualifications Required:

For jobs in Band A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1 – 3) or Ordinary Grades (A-C) including English and a numerical subject.
OR
Previous experience of working in a mechanical engineering environment.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria:

1. Basic understanding of mechanical engineering practices.
2. Attention to detail.
3. Ability to organise and prioritise workload.
4. Good team working skills

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, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Neil Collie or Brian Ritchie or 0131 244 2500.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0131 244 8500 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

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Protecting Inshore Waters with Dignity

Tue, 2019-12-17 10:00

A few weeks ago we told you that we were running a pilot Inshore Protection Programme. One month on we spoke to the manager of that programme, Alexis Lee, to find out how it’s going.

“Protecting our inshore waters is something that is important to the Scottish Government and Marine Scotland and the inshore protection pilot is just the next step in considering how we do this in the most effective way.

 

Following current risk assessment and intelligence processes, it was agreed that as one of the busiest area of inshore waters, the Firth of Clyde – which covers the South Arran and Upper Loch Fyne and Loch Goil Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), and No Take Zone – would be the best place to run a trial.

The trial is being undertaken by a Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boat (RHIB) called ‘Dignity’ (you’ll have that song stuck in your heads all day now…). During the spring to autumn months, Dignity (pictured right) is used by our colleagues in Marine Scotland Science, so it’s worked out well.

 

As you can see from the photo, the Dignity is a small craft and shouldn’t be seen as providing a suitable alternative to a fully equipped (live on board) 24 hour operational marine protection vessel. However, what it does provide is the ability to be onsite anywhere in that area within an hour.

 

During November, the first full month of operation, Dignity has been:

 

  • On patrol for 24 days
  • Only unable to patrol, due to bad weather, 3 times
  • In port for two days to allow crew changes
  • Out of the water to allow for a routine service

 

Of the 24 patrol days, compliance activities have included boardings and patrols in the MPAs and No Take Zone. The number of possible incursions reported has also reduced.

 

The trial will run until the end of spring next year when we will make some decisions about what to do going forward and although it’s still early days but anything we can do to protect our inshore waters can only, hopefully, be seen as a good thing.”

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Hydrographic Sampling at Sea

Fri, 2019-12-13 11:30

MRV Scotia

Survey: 1919S Programme

Duration: 12-22 December 2019

Gear: Sea-Bird CTD/Carousel, water filtering equipment, mooring deployment/recovery equipment, chemistry sampling equipment.

 

Objectives:
  1. Test the SBE911 and CTD carousel (main CTD crane) and the SBE25 and Aquatracka (using plankton crane) in the Buchan Deep.
  1. Perform routine hydrographic sampling at stations along the long term monitoring JONSIS section in the northern North Sea (Priority 1).
  1. Perform routine hydrographic sampling at stations along the long term monitoring Faroe-Shetland Channel section: Nolso-Flugga (Priority 1).
  1. Perform routine hydrographic sampling at stations along the long term monitoring Faroe-Shetland Channel section Fair Isle-Munken (Priority 1).
  1. Take salinity, nutrient, chlorophyll, dissolved oxygen samples along all standard lines.
  1. Run the thermosalinograph throughout the survey.
  2. Run the VMADCP on all the standard sections.
    Extra work listed below will be performed if time allows, the order of Priority 2 pieces of work are not listed in order of importance and the sequence will be determined depending on time/location/weather:
  3. Opportunistically communicate with lost ADCP mooring on NOL section and Foinaven mooring and potentially recover (Priority 2).
  4. Deploy one new ADCP (NWEX) on a single string mooring on the NOL section (Priority 2).
  5. If weather/time permits repeat the JONSIS line at the end of the survey and extend to 001° 30’ east (if we have Norwegian clearance) (Priority 2).
  6. Perform hydrographic sampling along the Shelf 1 section (NW of Orkney) (Priority 2).
  7. Perform hydrographic sampling along the Shelf 2 section (NW of Orkney) (Priority 2).
  8. Perform hydrographic sampling along the Shelf 3 section (NW of Orkney) (Priority 2).
  9. Perform hydrographic sampling along the East Coast section (in the Northern North Sea) (Priority 2).
  10. Perform hydrographic sampling along the Fedje/Shetland section between Shetland and Norway (in the Northern North Sea, if we have Norwegian clearance) (Priority 2).
  11. Perform hydrographic sampling along the Stonehaven AlterEco section in the northern North Sea (Priority 2).
  12. If conditions in the Faroe-Shetland Channel don’t allow further work in the Faroe-Shetland Channel, conduct VMADCP/CTD work in the Moray Firth (details to be determined) (Priority 3).
  13. If weather/time permits, perform a CTD/VMADCP survey on part of the Jonsis line (around 59° 17′ N, 001° 15′ W) (Priority 3).
  14. If sheltering in a suitable location around Shetland or Orkney due to bad weather conduct VMADP/CTD surveys (details to be determined). (Priority 3).

 

General Procedure:

After departing Aberdeen and completing appropriate drills, Scotia will make passage to Buchan Deep for a test dip. On completion, Scotia will head to the eastern end of the JONSIS section to carry out sampling with the CTD and carousel water sampler (Table 1, Figure 1). The vessel will then proceed to the Faroe-Shetland Channel. We will commence hydrographic sampling along the Nolso Flugga survey line (Table 2, Figure 1). On completion of the Nolso Flugga line, the vessel will proceed to conduct hydrographic sampling on the Fair Isle-Munken survey line (Table 3, Figure 1).

 

 

Once the Priority 1 work is completed (or if time allows during priority one work) and if time allows, Scotia will carry out additional work (listed among the survey objectives as Priority 2 and 3, Figure 2). This extra work will include the interrogation of the lost moorings, and attempt recovery if the acoustic release is communicating; the deployment of mooring NWEX on NOL; extra hydrographic lines on the shelf and/or the North Sea. In case we are sheltering in a suitable location around Shetland, Orkney or the Moray Firth we will run the VMADCP and perform CTD sampling along specified lines (to be determined).

 

Mooring Positions (Pinging/Recovery)

NWSE             60° 16.29′ N    004° 20.76′ W             Short single string mooring (lost)
NWEA             61° 38.01′ N 004° 32.60′ W               (lost)

 

Mooring Position (Deployment)

NWEX             61° 11.00’ N    002° 25.00’ W             Single string mooring

 

Scientific Procedures:

It is expected that deployments of hydrographic equipment will be carried out with the CTD crane whilst the vessel is on station. Single-string ADCP mooring deployment 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 and nutrient samples will be stored in fish-free freezer down below.

 

The thermosalinograph will be run throughout the survey.

 

(NOTE: The survey will potentially take Scotia into the Foinaven Development Area. This is now standard practice, and normal on-site communications will be established with the Foinaven co-ordinating officer).

 

Figure 1: Map of main monitoring lines (Jonsis, NOL, FIM) (including some of the extra lines, no indication of their importance).

 

Figure 2. Map of some of the extra hydrographic lines (details to be provided at a later stage when necessary).

 

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Alba na Mara Survey 2119A

Mon, 2019-12-09 14:00

On 28th November Alba na Mara departed at 0700 from Leith to sail up the Forth Estuary to complete our first objective which was to fish and collect sediment samples at Tancred Bank. We sailed under all the bridges with wonderful views as we passed.

We fished with the beam trawl at Tancred Bank and in total we collected 50+ flounder. The fish were weighed and measured and various samples taken, for Biological Effects and Contaminant Monitoring, in support of the Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme (OSPAR and MSFD).

 

Sediment grab samples taken at Tancred Bank

Stomachs and gills were also taken and will be extracted as part of the Microplastic ROAME. Sediment samples were collected and these will be analysed for chemical contaminants and for Microplastics. Alba then deployed the Neuston Trawl, to sample for Microplastics on the surface of the water, three catamaran tows were completed and this completed the Tancred Bank sampling.

The Neuston Net being towed from Alba na Mara

Alba na Mara then made passage to Kingston Hudds (Inner Forth) where we anchored overnight. The next day on 29th November, we fished at Kingston Hudds where fishing was completed using the Bottom Trawl. Our target species was Dab and we collected 50+ which were weighed and measured with various samples taken including liver and flesh for Biological Effects and Contaminant Analysis. Sediment samples were taken also more catamaran tows completed the Kingston Hudds sampling site.

Alba na Mara then made passage to St Andrews Bay site where more catamaran tows were done on passage, and then fished again, for flounder which was successful in one trawl and also completed some more sediment grabs.

More Catamaran tows were completed before Alba na Mara docked in Leith at 12:00 on 1st December at the end of the survey.

 

Survey Programme:

 

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Scotia gear trials survey – development of new international bottom trawl

Mon, 2019-12-09 12:05

A team of scientists and gear technologists from Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands are undertaking trials aboard MRV Scotia to develop a replacement demersal survey trawl for internationally coordinated (ICES) bottom trawl surveys. The new trawl is being developed to replace the existing gear (GOV trawl) which has been used for the International Bottom Trawl Survey (IBTS) since 1998. The survey started from Aberdeen on 28th November and has been undertaken on fishing grounds in the Moray Firth area. The first half of the survey concentrated on understanding and comparing the fish catching performance of two new demersal trawls developed in Scotland and Ireland. So far 13 sets of alternate paired fishing hauls have been completed along with a number of gear geometry hauls using acoustic net monitoring sensors at differing depths and on both soft and firm substrates.

 

 

The second phase of the trials will concentrate on comparing the catching performance of the new Scottish trawl against the GOV trawl currently used for Scottish bottom trawl surveys. The trials are due to be completed on 9th December with the data being analysed in the Marine Laboratory with a report due by April 2020.

 

 

Previous Blogs:

GOV Comparison Trials in the North Sea

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Sandeel Surveys in the East Coast

Fri, 2019-12-06 10:00

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).

 

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Modern Apprentice – Administration Assistant – closing date 10 December 2019

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.

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

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.

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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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