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Vacancy: Fisheries Population Modeller (Maternity Cover) (Closing date – 13 April 2018)

Thu, 2018-04-05 10:00
We are currently seeking applications for a Fisheries Population Modeller  within Marine Scotland Science Sea Fisheries Programme based in Aberdeen. This is a 12 month fixed term 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 Science’s Sea Fisheries Programme works in a cross-cutting structure to provide scientific advice to the Scottish Government and international partners on the management of Scotland’s marine resources. This involves ecosystem monitoring and the assessment of the fish and shellfish stocks of interest to Scotland, activities which are underpinned by a programme of research. This post is based in the Stock and Fishery Science Group which is involved in the collection and use of fisheries data contributing towards stock assessments and fisheries management. Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B and C, you must hold a minimum of 3 SCE Higher qualifications Grades
A-C).

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact the Resourcing Officer named at the end of this advert to discuss.

Essential Criteria
1. Excellent computational skills, with proven ability to programme in R software to: manage and quality check data and undertake statistical analysis.
2. Good written and oral communication skills – experience of giving presentations, preparing reports and/or publications.
3. Good organisational skills, attention to detail, the ability to plan and prioritise work and use your own initiative.
4. Relevant research experience in the use of models of population dynamics. 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 Nabeil Salama  who can be reached at nabeil.salama@gov.scot or 0131 244 3205.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact recruitment@gov.scot or on 0131 244 8217.  Further information for this job

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Vacancy: Project Manager – Property and Facilities (closing date 16 April 2018)

Tue, 2018-04-03 11:05

We are currently seeking applications for a C1 Project Manager – Facilities and Property 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.

Marine Scotland (MS) is the Scottish Government’s (SG) marine management Directorate and is recruiting an exciting new project manager post which will lead on a strategic facilities project shaping the organisation for the future.  The project will include exploring co-location with other organisations and embrace the current SG initiatives including the Smarter Workplaces Programme.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Bands B and C, you must hold a minimum of 3 SCE Higher qualifications (grades A-C).

A facilities management related  professional qualification, preferably educated to degree level and be affiliated to a recognised professional body such as The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), British Institute of Facilities Managers (BIFM) or equivalent. You will be able to demonstrate your professional expertise and current up to date Continuing Professional Development.

Essential Criteria
1. Track record in successful delivery of complex facilities or property projects utilising relevant project and programme management tools and techniques together with experience in writing compliant business cases;
2. Proven leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, particularly with regard to delivering across organisational boundaries resulting in business improvement;
3. Ability to collect, collate and analyse information from a variety of sources and draw out key messages understanding how they link to the key deliverable for the project and wider SG outcomes whilst having the ability to develop and communicate these clearly and succinctly;
4. Be able to engage effectively with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders, often with conflicting or challenging views, and manage these relationships successfully and sensitively ensuring you employ effective change management principles and methodologies.

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 MacDonald  on 0131 244 2639  or at stuart.macdonald@gov.scot.

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

 Further information

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Vacancy – Marine Ornithologist

Fri, 2018-03-30 10:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Ornithologist within Marine Scotland Science based in Aberdeen. This is fixed term appointment and pensionable appointment until 31st March 2022 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.

You will work within the INTERREG VA funded MarPAMM project focussing on delivery of the work package titled “Seabird Monitoring”. This will deliver seabird population viability analyses and pressure mapping, and expert input into: development of the seabird census; monitoring and tracking tender specifications; provision of access to Vessel Management System (VMS) data to project partners; writing of technical and non-technical reports; dissemination of project methods and findings to relevant industry, policy and technical stakeholders; and participation in contract steering groups. The post holder will be required to work collaboratively with other institutions, requiring a strong outward focus, excellent communication skills, travel within the UK and overseas, and an ability to work well with a range of different colleagues.

Qualifications Required:
You will be expected to hold a relevant university degree. Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact the Resourcing Officer named at the end of this advert to discuss.

Essential Criteria:

  1. A good understanding of seabird biology including undertaking seabird monitoring or tracking fieldwork.
  2. Demonstrable data analysis and statistical skills, including use of specialist statistical software, such as R.
  3. The ability to work independently with good organisational skills and effectively manage projects.
  4. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to explain scientific concepts to varied audiences.

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 Finlay Bennet who can be reached at finlay.bennet@gov.scot or 0131 244 2647.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Angela McLachlan on 0131 244 4682 or angela.mclachlan@gov.scot .

Further Information:

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Celebrating our Most Excellent Colleague

Thu, 2018-03-29 11:22

Last week a number of us congregated in our Lecture Theatre to celebrate our colleague Dr Ian Davies receiving his very well deserved MBE. The MBE, or Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is an award that recognises and rewards contributions to the arts, sciences, charity and welfare organisations and Dr Davies has certainly done that.

Ian Davies and group in Lecture Theatre

Dr Davies received his award for services to marine science, and to the voluntary sector at home and abroad. Explaining some of the background to the award Professor Colin Moffat, Head of Science and person responsible for nominating Dr Davies said: “Ian has contributed hugely to both aquaculture and marine renewable energy in Scotland over the years. With his wife Ruth, they founded a charity, Riverside Trust, and have run it together for more than 20 years. During this time, the charity has provided literature, community care, and community development in Romania, particularly with young people and young cancer patients. He is passionate about his work; both in marine science and his charity and we are very proud of his achievements”.

Speaking to Dr Davies, we asked how he felt about receiving the award and what projects he had in the pipeline. Dr Davies replied that he was “astonished” to find that he had been nominated for the honour but felt “very proud and delighted” too. Some projects he has been involved in, through the charity, have supported children’s camps in Romania, South Africa and Angola; training and development programmes; and construction and community restoration activities in Romania. Future work is likely to continue in the cancer hospital, a drug prevention charity, and running summer camps for village children.

Dr Davies was invited to Buckingham Palace to receive his award, earlier last week, where he was formally presented his award by Prince William. Here he is pictured with his wife Ruth, elder daughter Helen and youngest son Paul.Ian Davies with Ruth Helen and Paul

Congratulations and well done Dr Ian Davies and good luck with all your future projects!

Further Information:

Riverside Trust
Marine Scotland Science
Renewables Programme Topic Sheet
List of 2018 Honours

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Monitoring the Effect of Noise on Marine Environments

Mon, 2018-03-26 10:00

Survey: 0418A

Duration: 25 March – 11 April 2018

Gear:

  • Subsurface passive acoustic moorings (incl. cetacean detectors and sound recorders);
  • Subsurface VEMCO VR2 salmon tag detector moorings; and
  • Subsurface Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) mooring.

Objectives:

  1. To deploy 95 moorings with VR2 salmon detectors between Ythan Estuary and Findon Ness (‘outer array’ shown on Figure 1).
  2. To deploy 40 moorings with VR2 salmon detectors between River Don mouth and Nigg Bay (‘inner array’ shown on Figure 1).
  3. To deploy one ADCP in Aberdeen Bay (in association with the ‘outer array’ of salmon detectors).
  4. To deploy 30 moorings at ECOMMAS marine mammal/noise monitoring locations (20 with C-PODs cetacean click detectors; 10 with C-PODs and SM2M sound recorders; Figure 2).
  5. To recover two ECOMMAS moorings at Helmsdale 15 and Arbroath 10 sites that were deployed in November 2017.
  6. To deploy a mooring with C-POD and sound recorder at an offshore noise monitoring location (as part of the JOMOPANS project).

Figure 1 Locations of Salmon Detector Moorings

Figure 1 (above): Locations of the salmon detector moorings to be deployed on this 0418A. A table of locations will be supplied separately.  Locations marked in blue are the ‘outer array’; the ‘inner array’ are marked in red.

Figure 2 (below): Locations of the ECOMMAS and JOMOPANS moorings deployed on this trip. Locations are detailed in Table 1 below.

Figure 2 Locations of JOMOPANS Moorings

Preliminary Itinerary:

  • 22/3: load half of ‘outer array’ moorings and ADCP in Fraserburgh.
  • *25/3: sail south from Fraserburgh, deploy ADCP, deploy ‘outer array’.
  • *26/3: reload 2nd batch ‘outer array’ moorings, deploy ‘outer array’.
  • *27/3: load ‘inner array’ moorings, deploy ‘inner array’ load ECOMMAS moorings.
  • End of March: deploy east coast ECOMMAS moorings (St Abbs – Cruden Bay).
  • Early April: deploy Moray Firth ECOMMAS moorings (Fraserburgh – Latheron) and JOMOPANS mooring.

*N.B. timings may vary with weather and deployment progress.

Table 1 (below): ID, name and geographic position of all 30 ECOMMAS and JOMOPANS moorings to be deployed during 0418A. All moorings are to be subsurface for either acoustic release (AR) or ROV recovery.

Table 1 0418A Mooring Locations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Vacancy – Zooplankton Ecologist

Fri, 2018-03-23 10:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Zooplankton Ecologist within Marine Scotland Science, 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 post holder will support the work of Marine Scotland on pelagic MSFD indicators and climate change. They will lead the monitoring, recording and taxonomic analysis of zooplankton samples, as well as represent Marine Scotland Science at national, and international, meetings on zooplankton.

Qualifications Required:
For jobs in Bands B and C, you must hold a minimum of 3 SCE Higher (grades A-C).

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable; if you are in any doubt please contact the Resourcing Officer named at the end of this advert to discuss.

Essential Criteria
1. Post-graduate degree in marine biology/ecology/zoology with expertise in zooplankton ecology.
2. Experience identifying and enumerating marine zooplankton from UK waters and maintaining databases.
3. Experience working on research vessels performing sampling activities.
4. Experience in reporting to and participating in national and international research collaborations.

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via the website before the closing date 18 April 2018.

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact: Dr Peter Wright on: 0131 2443224, or email: Peter.Wright@gov.scot or P.Wright@marlab.ac.uk.

If you experience any difficulty accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Helen McLean on 0131 244 8217 or via email at recruitment@gov.scot.

Further Information:

 

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Celebrating Science and Year of the Young Person with Pam Walsham

Thu, 2018-03-22 10:00

2018 is both the Year of the Engineer and the Year of the Young Person and this blog is about one of our many colleagues who are inspiring the next generation with their Outreach work.

Enjoys chemistry, outreach work and ice cream, meet Pam Walsham, a senior environmental chemist, at Marine Scotland Science. Please read on to find out more!

 

 

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Pam Walsham and I am a Senior Environmental Chemist in Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Environment Monitoring and Assessment Group. I am interested in chemistry and the marine environment of the sea. My main role is to manage the water chemistry monitoring and research projects providing data on nutrients, dissolved oxygen, chlorophylls and ocean acidification parameters. I also represent MSS on a number of national and international groups covering anything from quality control to providing advice and guidance.

 

Why is what you do important?
The data we produce feeds into environmental status assessments both nationally and internationally. Scientists use this data to assess current status, understand processes and help predict potential impacts under future climate scenarios. An area of particular concern is the impact of increasing carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations, caused by human activities, in the atmosphere. CO2 naturally exchanges between the atmosphere and our oceans and seas. However, the increase in atmospheric CO2 is resulting in more CO2 being absorbed by our oceans which then changes the chemistry of the water lowering its pH. This lowering of the seawaters pH is known as ocean acidification. Scientists believe changing the acidity of sea water may have an impact on many living organisms in the sea, as well as processes that effect such things as the creation of new sediment. We need to know what is happening currently in the sea to try and predict what could happen  under predicted future atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

 

What’s your career path been – how did you get here?
I left school at 17 and started working as an Assistant Scientific Officer at Ministry Agriculture Fisheries and Food (MAFF) Torry Research Station (TRS) in Aberdeen. For the first few years I attended college on day release similar to the modern day apprenticeships. I often did work in conjunction with the Marine Laboratory with several trips on the old black and yellow Scotia. Over the years I have worked in the fields of organic contaminants (hydrocarbons, PCBs, perfluorinated flame retardants) lipid analysis and water chemistry. This has involved using a wide range of analytical techniques including; high performance thin layer chromatography (HP-TLC), Fourier transform infra red spectroscopy (FT-IR), ultra violet fluorescence (UVF) spectroscopy, ion exchange chromatography, high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), continuous flow analysers for nutrient analysis, gas chromatography (GC) and mass spectrometry (MS) and liquid chromatography (LC)-MS.

 

If you weren’t doing this, what do you think you’d be doing instead?
I wanted to be a Forensic Scientist or a medical examiner. It all started with watching the 70’s TV show Quincy I love the idea of using the science to work out how crimes are solved, nothing much has changed but now it’s NCIS I watch.

 

What’s your favourite fishy fact?
The pearl essence which comes from fish scales is used in animal-based lipstick colours.

 

What about one fun fact about you?
I have completed the Stenness Monster Challenge. What is this? Well it is a very large cone filled with seven scoops of Orkney ice-cream. You can choose a single flavour of ice-cream or mix and match You have to eat the ice cream and the cone within an hour to complete the challenge and then your name is recorded. Want to try? You have to go to Gerri’s Ice Cream Parlour in Orkney for this!

 

What made you decide to be involved with Outreach?
I started getting involved with Outreach when my son was at primary school and they were looking for someone to come along and talk to the primary 2s about science. I invited a colleague who was involved in outreach to the event and I ended up helping him. We had the children dressing up as scientists in boiler suits, white coats and all sorts of fun things. The children loved it and I was hooked!

 

What do you enjoy most about doing Outreach?
Generally engaging with public explaining what we do and why, but the most rewarding has to be working with children. It is great to watch how the younger children are fascinated by everything we do being little sponges absorbing everything and then asking the awkward questions.

 

Would you encourage others to get involved?
Just do it as it is so rewarding to be engaged with the public and getting them interested. Making science fun and interesting for children is fantastic as they are the scientist of the future who will carry on our work.

 

Further Information

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What’s the (Organic) Matter?

Tue, 2018-03-13 11:40

Picture of MRV Sir John Murray (SJM) provided courtesy of SEPA.

Survey: 0118SJM

Duration: 12-16 March 2018

Gear: Craib corer, CTD, Day grab and Auto sieve.

Objective:

To compare pore-water nutrients, sediment chlorophyll-a and organic matter content among seabed sediments from the Outer and Inner Firth of Clyde and sea lochs.

Procedure:

Figure 1 0118SJMFigure 1 shows the stations that were successfully sampled over the course of previous surveys (April and October 2017). The proposed survey in March 2018 will revisit a subset of these stations to gain comparable data on nutrient and sediment chlorophyll content between the Inner and Outer Firth, as well as additional information on sediment mixing.  Given the time required to steam between the dispersed stations, the survey anticipates the sampling of ~3 stations per day. Under this scenario, we assume the collection of six replicate cores per station, of which three are analysed for pore-water nutrients and three for Chlorophyll-a, with the extraction of five nutrient samples of each nutrient or seven sediment chlorophyll samples per core.

Thus, four days of sampling would yield: 

  • 36 cores for the analysis of pore-water nutrients.
  • 144 pore-water nutrient samples.
  • 36 overlying water nutrient samples.
  • 36 cores for the analysis of sediment chlorophyll.
  • 252 samples for the analysis of sediment chlorophyll.

Further Information

 

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Trans-Atlantic Co-operation

Thu, 2018-03-08 10:00

OSNAP Glider RetrievalThe Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) in Massachusetts contacted Marine Scotland on the 20th February, requesting assistance to retrieve one of their gliders. The glider was deployed near Iceland, but had broken down and had been drifting at the surface since November 2017, and was now approaching the western coast of Scotland …fortuitously near to where MRV Scotia was operating. Marine Scotland scientific staff and crew on board were more than happy to assist. Positional data was relayed to Scotia every five minutes, and despite a high swell and increasing wind conditions, staff successfully visually located the glider on the 21st at 14:30 (even if sea conditions had transformed its original bright yellow colour to a muddier hue). WHOI remotely triggered the release of the nose cone from the glider, releasing a 10 m  recovery line designed to aid lifting it on board with a grappling hook.

On retrieval, the glider was remotely powered down and securely stored on deck. The glider will be back in Aberdeen on the 7th March, from where it will be securely packaged for its trip back home. The WHOI was understandably delighted that we were able to help retrieve the valuable equipment. Dr Amy Bower (Senior Scientist, Physical Oceanography) said,  “…we had no idea that it would end up so close to Scotland. We will now be able to download the valuable data collected by the glider between May and November as part of the Overturning in the Subpolar North Atlantic Program.  Once again, we are most grateful for your willingness to assist!”.

State of the art communications and willing co-operation between the USA and Scotland facilitated this amazing rescue effort (within 24hrs), and all credit is due to the staff involved in this successful outcome.

 

OSNAP Glider Retrieval 2      OSNAP Glider Retrieval 4      

 

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Celebrating the Year of the Engineer – a sledge isn’t just for Christmas

Tue, 2018-03-06 10:00

Underwater Sledge

For many years, Marine Scotland scientists and engineers have designed, built and deployed towed underwater TV sledges to view the sea bed. These sledges provide a relatively stable platform to study a variety of species and monitor various underwater sites.

With experience, the design used in nephrops work has evolved and along with a forward facing camera and LED lights, the current model has an odometer wheel to measure the distance the sledge has travelled, an altimeter to measure essential data relating to sledge position on the sea bed and a rear camera for quality control purposes.

Underwater Sledge A small van Veen grab (a clamshell bucket made out of stainless steel) at the front of the sledge enables scientists to collect mud samples at the end of a tow. This has been an invaluable addition, as previously this was carried out using a Day grab (two stainless steel bucket sections mounted within a stainless steel frame that ensured the grab was square and level to the seabed when it is deployed). This simple design has saved many hours of ship’s time as there is now no need to stop the vessel to collect the mud sample, and provides a more accurate sample relative to the location of the survey site

In the unlikely event of the umbilical becoming detached from the sledge, MSS engineers have designed a “pop-up” device which will bring a float attached to Dyneema® rope to the surface. On retrieval of this line, the ship will be able to lift the sledge back on board the vessel.

Since 1992, the MSS TV sledge has been collecting underwater footage for Nephrops stock assessment purposes. There are currently 11 other countries within the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) who also use a similar method to provide this indispensable data.

Further Information 

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Bright lights; Big fish trials

Thu, 2018-03-01 11:44

Survey: 0318A

Duration: 8-22 March 2018

Equipment:

  • BT 201 Prawn net – rigged with separator grid and two 80mm codends;
  • Trawl doors, sweeps, bridles, backstrops and pennants;
  • Spare netting and twine;
  • Safety-Net Technologies light unit;
  • PSL5000 light unit x 2;
  • Lindgren Pitman Electralume light x10;
  • 4 x 10m side emitting light cables;
  • Battery pods;
  • Video Cameras;
  • Flashback recorders and housing;
  • Pyramid camera frames;
  • TechnoSmart AXY tilt sensor;
  • Scanmar units – wing, door and height;
  • Catch bins and sorting table; and
  • 4 x fish traps and associated lines, weights and marker dhan.

Objectives:

  • Investigate whether light influences fish behaviour in the extension of the trawl.
  • Obtain video footage of the separator lighting grid.

Procedure:

Equipment will be loaded onto MRV Alba na Mara at Fraserburgh on 5 March 2018, where the trawl will be rigged onto the net drum. Scientific staff will join Alba around 08:30 on 8 March and will then leave harbour shortly after and steam, weather permitting, to the Dog Hole fishing grounds approximately 9 nm east of Aberdeen.  A number of short hauls will be carried out to ensure the separator grid in the trawl is rigged correctly through observations with video cameras mounted on the trawl and analysis of a tilt sensor mounted on the grid.  After the rigging trials are complete fish behaviour trials will commence.  Alba might need to change fishing grounds if fish species composition and size is not suitable.  Alba will return to Fraserburgh on the evening of 21 March to unload equipment and scientific personnel the next day.

Fish Behaviour Trials:

The BT201 prawn trawl is fitted with a panel of netting that diverts all the fish into the upper half of the extension and then runs between the selvedges to the separate 80 mm codends. Fish can pass through a grid mounted in the central panel, to be retained in the lower codend (Figure 1).  There will be two light fibre lines permanently attached to the grid, one illuminating the upper half and one illuminating the lower half of the grid.  An LED light unit and 12V battery pack that illuminates the fibre lines will be mounted on the port selvedge behind the grid.  The LED light unit will emit green light and hauls will be conducted either with the light on constantly or flashing at 4 Hz.  Grid illumination will also be tested with six Lindgren Pitman Electralume green lights attached around the grid.  These self-contained light units will provide a constant light.  The grid will also be fished without any lights to show the standard reaction to the grid.  Hence four lighting variables will be tested during the trials (light fibre constant, light fibre flashing, Electralume constant, no light).

The light units and grid cannot be wound onto the net drum as it could damage the equipment. During hauling the net will be wound onto the drum up to the grid, then the power block used to bring the codends aboard.  Large bins will be used on deck to receive and store the catch from the separate codends.  The catch will be sorted into key species, weighed and individual total length measurements recorded.

The working hours will be approximately 0700 to 1900 hours for the behaviour trials, so that all hauls will be conducted in daylight. Around four fishing hauls will be carried out each day, with the last haul being heaved up at 1700-1730 hours.  Hauls will be 90 minutes long initially, with the potential to be adjusted depending on the catch volume.  The net will be towed at three knots with Scanmar units used to monitor wing spread, door spread, and headline height during each haul.

Live Fish Capture:

If time allows near the end of the survey. Fish traps will be deployed to see whether it’s possible to obtain live healthy fish for tank based trials back at the laboratory.  The traps will be deployed for over eight hours then slowly brought to the surface to reduce decompression injuries.  The catch will be sorted on-board with healthy haddock, whiting and cod being placed in tanks of aerated seawater.  The fish will then be transferred to the lab aquarium once transported back from the harbour.

Marine Litter:

Any marine litter brought onboard during trawling operations will be documented before being placed into “KIMO Fishing for Litter” bags. At the end of the survey the bags will be deposited safely on the quayside to be collected for disposal.

 The netting panel separator and grid arrangement with a) the light fibre and b) the Electralume lighting

 

Figure 1: The netting panel separator and grid arrangement with a) the light fibre and b) the Electralume lighting.

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EQUATING women in Science and Engineering

Thu, 2018-03-01 10:00

Dave KeayIn February, our Science IT manager Dave Keay (pictured right) was invited to speak at an event at Abertay University run by EQUATE Scotland and entitled ‘Building the Talent Pipeline’.   The half day event was aimed at promoting opportunities for women in Science and Engineering and was focussed on two aspects: women undergraduate work placements under the  CareerWISE programme and women looking to return to the workplace after a  career breaks.   The event was attended by employers, university teaching staff and past and potential participants.

As Dave explains:

Marine Scotland Science has participated in the CareerWISE scheme since 2015 and has taken on a number of undergraduate placements, originally in IT and  more recently in marine biology.   The Scottish Government  is extremely supportive of CareerWISE and has provided funding for the initiative, which it sees as an important pillar of its strategy for meeting its target of achieving equal representation of  women throughout all levels in the public sector.

Since 2015, Marine Scotland Science IT has provided placements to students involved in IT operations, GIS and software development.   The placements last for 12 weeks over the summer period and, importantly, students are paid a living wage during that period.  The students gain relevant work experience and gain an insight into the workings of a highly diverse and vibrant organisation.   Feedback from students that  have been placed with Marine Scotland has been unequivocally positive and as employers, it gives us the opportunity to engage with some fresh ideas and energy as well as gaining valuable additional resource for a fixed period of time.”

Also speaking at the event was Anastasi Moutaftsi who was able to offer a student’s perspective.   Last summer Anastasia worked with one of our scientists, Dr Neil Campbell, on CCTV data analysis.   She reflected positively on her placement in Marine Scotland Science and the confidence she gained from ‘being treated like a scientist.’

Marine Scotland Science will continue to participate in CareerWISE in 2018 with a further two placements.

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Getting to know your marine data – DataFest 2018

Tue, 2018-02-27 10:00

In a little under three weeks, DataFest18 will kick off across Scotland.  This event showcases “Scotland’s leading role in data” through a two day summit, networking opportunities and a series of Fringe events across Scotland.  This year, Datafest18 has a particular focus on collaboration.

With that in mind, Marine Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Marine Environmental Data & Information Network (MEDIN) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have teamed up to host a Fringe Event  exploring the opportunities and difficulties of working with marine data in Scotland.

Much of our day to day work relies on accurate and accessible data. Reliable data allows evidence-based decisions to be made and improves the efficiency of all scales of projects from small activities like shopping online to large interdisciplinary operations like planning new roads or dealing with emergency situations.  The need for reliable data is no less important for those working in the marine environment.  In Scotland, our marine environment is roughly six times larger than the terrestrial area. Not only is it much larger but for the most part the marine environment is hidden from us.  All the more reason for organisations working in this arena to collaborate where possible.

The Marine Data in Scotland fringe Event, will explore how we are aiming to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (FAIR) through the work being carried out by Marine Scotland, HES, MEDIN and SNH in the marine environment. Attendees will be offered the opportunity to hear about specific data projects which are helping to improve our understanding of Scotland’s seas, take part in a hackathon looking at developing a data portal and have the chance to try out the MSP Challenge 2050 game, developed as part of the EU funded SIMCelt project which uses marine data to build an interactive planning simulation tool.  There will also be the opportunity to engage with marine data professionals and discuss real-life data issues.

The Marine Data in Scotland is open to all and free to attend. If you are interested in attending this Marine Data in Scotland Event, you can find out more at the Datafest fringe events website and sign up on EventBrite.  The event will take place on 19th March 2018 (10:00 – 16:00) and is kindly hosted by Historic Environment Scotland at John Sinclair House, Edinburgh.

Further Information

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Celebrating Science and Year of the Young Person with Andronikos Kafas

Thu, 2018-02-22 10:00

As mentioned last month, 2018 is both the Year of the Engineer and the Year of the Young Person. This month’s blog is about one of our many colleagues who are inspiring the next generation with their Outreach work.

This is Andronikos, one of our marine renewable energy scientists. To see what he does, in this universe, please read on…

 

Who are you and what do you do?
I am Andronikos Kafas, a Greek national who joined Marine Scotland Science in 2012 as a Research Scientist in Offshore Renewable Energy based in Aberdeen. My role is to provide scientific advice to the Licensing Operations Team by assessing Environmental Impact Assessment documentation submitted in support of applications for offshore renewable energy developments. I also provide specialist advice to Marine Planning and Policy Division on interactions between the marine environment and the marine renewable energy industries.

 

Why is what you do important?
There are a number of domestic, European and international commitments to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Part of the solution includes the increased energy generation from renewable sources. My work contributes directly to this and from a local point of view, contributes towards Scottish Government’s aspiration for 100% electricity production from renewable sources by 2020.

 

What’s your career path been – how did you get here?
I hold a BSc (Hons) in Marine Science from the University of Aegean in Greece. I have graduated with a MSc in Applied Marine Ecology from the University of Aberdeen and I am currently undertaking a part-time PhD in Marine Renewable Energy and Marine Spatial Planning with the same university. Aberdeen University’s postgraduate programme originally attracted me to the North East of Scotland. A postgraduate placement with Marine Scotland during my degree intrigued me to apply for the role I currently have.

 

If you weren’t doing this, what do you think you’d be doing instead?
During my undergraduate degree, I was working as a part-time freelance graphic designer. During my conscription, besides military training, I served for the last couple of months as a musician (playing the Greek musical instrument Bouzouki). I believe somewhere in a parallel universe, I am following a career as a graphic designer or a professional musician.

 

What’s your favourite fishy fact?
As part of my research I study commercial scallop fisheries. Did you know that scallops are unique among bivalves in their ability to ‘swim’? Scallops are free-living active swimmers who can propel themselves through the water through the use of the adductor muscles to open and close their shells. Swimming occurs by the clapping of valves for water intake. They use this primarily as an escape mechanism to escape predation and for habitat selection. It is unlikely that swimming is used for efficient long-distance movement.

 

Can you tell me one fun fact about yourself?
I quite like coffee! As a diligent coffee enthusiast, I often experiment with out-of-the-ordinary flavoured coffee. This month, my selected coffee varieties include “crème brulee”, “Oreo cookies & cream”, and “French-cream donut” (is that even a real thing?!)

 

What made you decide to be involved in Outreach?
A genuine interest to engage and offer back to younger fellas, the opportunity to simplify my research to the general public, and the wonderful satisfaction one can get by wowing a crowd with his knowledge.

 

What do you enjoy most about doing Outreach?
Thinking back to my school time, I realised that I loved (and hated) certain subjects based on how much I liked (or disliked) the teacher. Hoping that the outreach activities I have engaged were fun and informative, I hope I made a difference to a small group of people who might chose to follow the domain of marine sciences in the future.

 

Would you encourage others to get involved in Outreach too?
If you are having a stressful period at work or you are feeling you’ve lost some of the enthusiasm you had in the past, I would certainly encourage you to consider getting involved in Outreach activities. There is nothing better than a cheerful, curious, information-hungry crowd of young people waiting for you to wow them!

 

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MRV Scotia Survey 0318S Programme

Fri, 2018-02-16 13:48

Duration: 15 February – 7 March 2018

Fishing Gear: GOV Trawl (BT 137) fitted with ground gear D.

Objectives:

  1. Demersal trawling survey of the grounds off the north and west of Scotland in ICES Subarea VIa.
  2. To obtain temperature and salinity data from the surface and seabed at each trawling station.
  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. Opportunistic retrieval/replacement of Compass moorings deployed in November 2017.

Procedures:

General

Scotia set sail on the morning of 15 February.  A training haul was undertaken during the passage north to ensure all fishing gear/sensors were working effectively. Scotia has began fishing operations on predefined stations off the north Scottish coast and west of 4’W; weather conditions will thereafter determine the route taken on the survey.

Trawling

This is a random-stratified survey design with trawl stations being distributed within ten predefined strata covering the sampling area shown in Figure 1, right.  0318S – 2018 ICES Subarea VIa Survey Strata showing primary and secondary stationsA total of 64 primary and 45 secondary stations have been generated.  The intention is for 64 trawls to be undertaken on suitable ground as near to the specified primary sampling positions (Table 1) as is practicable, and where possible within a radius of five nautical miles of the sampling position.  In the event that trawling is not possible within 5 nm of any primary station then the nearest appropriate secondary station will be used.  Hauls will be of 30 minutes duration unless circumstances dictate otherwise.  Where possible, fishing operations will be restricted to daylight hours.  Exact start and finish times will, however, vary slightly according to geographical location.  The Scanmar system will be used to monitor the headline height, wing spread and door spread for each haul.  Bottom contact data from each trawl will also be collected using the NOAA bottom contact sensor which will be mounted on a bar in the centre of the ground-gear.  In addition to the routine sampling, biological data will be collected for target species in line with the EU data regulation.  All fish will be processed in accordance with the protocols as described in the Manual of the IBTS North Eastern Atlantic Surveys: Series of ICES Survey Protocols SISP 15.

Subsequent to discussions at the ICES International Bottom Trawl Working Group (IBTSWG) in 2017 regarding the potential inter-vessel variability in unquantified trawl time, 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 zero-hour trawls, defined as starting the retrieval (hauling) process of the trawl at the exact moment that the net has settled and therefore the haul commences, hence it has zero duration. Zero-hour deployments will be completed in sets of three along a single extended and bathymetrically similar trawl track. The intent Location and positions of Compass mooringsion is, if time allows, to repeat this process on several different tracks covering a range of depths.

Hydrography

A CTD cast will be taken at each trawl station, weather permitting.

Compass Moorings

Six acoustic moorings were deployed at sites within the 0318S survey area in November 2017. If time allows and it is convenient to do so then Scotia will attempt to retrieve some/all of these moorings during the survey.  An acoustic release system together with release codes and protocols for the retrieval of the moorings will be provided to the Scientist in Charge prior to the survey’s departure. A map displaying the mooring locations together with their positions is provided in Figure 2 (shown to the right).

Further Information:

Table 1: 0318S – Positions of primary sampling stations.

Table 1 0318S

 

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Iambic Pentameter Meets the ICES North Sea Lemon Sole Benchmark

Wed, 2018-02-14 10:00

Last year we introduced you to our Sea Fisheries Programme Manager, Dr Coby Needle. When he isn’t dealing with fish stock and assessment, or even sometimes when he is, he also writes. So here, in something a little different, we introduce you to the work of the ICES Benchmark Workshop on North Sea Stocks in poetry.

Attend, good sirs and ladies, while I tell,
Of Microstomus kitt, the lemon sole,
I’faith a shortish tale it is, I own,
So best to hear it partial not, but whole.

We met one morn in coldest København,
Avowed the seek the truth by hook or crook,
‘Twas yet the first of benchmarks for the stock,
For useful data did we search and look.

Alas, alack, the ages’ samples sought,
Were few and far between, though try we may,
Forsooth, the surveys seemed the safest bet,
And survey-based assessment ruled the day.

A SPiCT assessment did not pass the test,
The IBTS survey was too brief,
And lackéd contrast in the index seen,
Much work was lost, yet gave we not to grief.

So SURBAR cameth forth, as well it might,
The status of the stock did it suggest,
Advice be based on rule of 3-to-2,
A valid scheme for kitt from east to west.

And finally to homeland we were bound,
A useful ICES venture once again,
The fate of lemon sole looks safe enough…
Till meeting May in Belgian town Ostend.

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Vacancy – Marine Ornithologist (closing date 6 March 2018)

Fri, 2018-02-09 11:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Ornithologist within Marine Scotland Science (MSS) 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 Marine Ornithologist will work alongside the Ornithology Specialist at MSS to contribute to achieving Scottish Government goals for marine renewable energy and for protecting the marine environment. This will be achieved through the provision of specialist advice to the Marine Scotland Licensing and Operations Team on interactions between marine birds and the emerging marine renewable energy industries, and to the Marine Scotland Planning and Policy Division on marine bird conservation issues. This advice will be placed into the context of the interactions of marine bird populations and marine renewables, and of the legislation and regulatory processes that are relevant to marine birds in Scotland.

 

Qualifications Required

A minimum of a BSc. degree. Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable. If you are in any doubt please contact the Resourcing Officer named at the end of this advert to discuss.

 

Essential Criteria

  1. A good understanding of seabird biology and regulation, legislation and research relating to marine birds in Scottish or European waters.
  2. Demonstrable data analysis and statistical skills, using specialist statistical software, such as R, Genstat or Matlab.
  3. The ability to work independently with good organisational skills and effectively manage projects.
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to explain scientific concepts to varied audiences.

 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 Dr Jared Wilson or call 0131 244 9103.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 0131 244 5597 or via Recruitment.

Further Information

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Vacancy – House Team Coordinator (closing date 5 March 2018)

Thu, 2018-02-08 12:00

We are currently seeking applications for a House Team Coordinator within the Marine Laboratory 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 team is based within the offices of Marine Scotland Science (MSS) at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen.  Its main priority is to support and facilitate the business of MSS whilst simultaneously managing the estate and the associated planned and reactive maintenance. In addition, the team provides a wide range of services to MSS including provision of Reception service, liaison with security, Sodexo (catering provider), Mitie TFM, fire management and processing of all incoming and outgoing mail.  The team also acts as a liaison between the various contractors who are regularly on site.  The range of duties the team provides on a daily basis makes this a very challenging and varied post.

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 the Resourcing Officer named at the end of this advert to discuss.

Essential Criteria

1. Strong organisational abilities and decision making skills.
2. Pro-active approach with the ability and drive to deliver excellent customer service.
3. Excellent interpersonal and team working skills.
4. Strong communication skills.

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 by email  Rae Diaper or call on 01312 242606.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Craig Purves on 0131 244 0639 or via EMAIL at Recruitment.

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Vacancy – Marine Mammal Biologist (closing date 6 March 2018)

Wed, 2018-02-07 11:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Mammal Biologist within Marine Scotland Science (MSS) 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 Marine Mammal Biologist will work alongside the REEA staff at MSS to contribute to achieving Scottish Government goals for marine renewable energy and for protecting the marine environment. This will be achieved through the provision of specialist advice to MS-LOT on interactions between marine mammals and the emerging marine renewable energy industries, and to MPPD on marine mammal conservation issues. This advice will be placed into the context of the interactions of marine mammal populations and marine renewables, and of the legislation and regulatory processes that are relevant to marine mammals in Scotland.

Qualifications Required

A minimum of a BSc. degree. Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact the Resourcing Officer named at the end of this advert to discuss.

Essential Criteria

  1. A good understanding of regulation, legislation and research relating to marine mammal species, populations and trends in Scottish or European waters.
  2. The ability to work independently with good organisational skills and effectively manage projects.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to explain scientific concepts to varied audiences, particularly in a professional context.
  4. A good understanding of the impacts of underwater noise and other key issues to marine mammals and other marine species and methods to assess these impacts.

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 email Dr Jared Wilson or call 0131 244 9103.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 0131 244 5597 or via Recruitment.

 

Further Information

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Celebrating the Year of the Engineer – Meet Neil Collie

Tue, 2018-02-06 10:00

Neil Collie

As we mentioned in our blog in January, 2018 is the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of the Young Person. Over the course of the year, we’ll be introducing you to some of our incredibly talented engineers, as well as showing your some of their work. Next up, we hear from our Engineering Group Leader, Neil.

Who are you and what do you do?

I am Neil Collie, and I’m the Engineering Group Leader at Marine Scotland Science, based in the Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen. I manage a highly skilled team, and we provide specialist engineering, underwater observation and net-rigging services to support the needs of our scientific colleagues.

Why is what you do important?

My team of qualified engineers undertake the design, construction and operation of custom-built equipment, applying their expertise in the application and fabrication of electronic and mechanical systems (you can read about one of them, ARIES, in January’s blog). The Net Riggers ensure that trawls and other equipment are available for MSS to meet national and international obligations. This work helps to provide robust research and advice underpinning the management of Scotland’s marine and freshwater resources.

What’s your career path been – how did you get here?

I was born in Stonehaven and left Mackie Academy just before my 16th birthday and started as an apprentice electrician with the Property Services Agency based at the Marine Laboratory. The PSA were a government agency who looked after a number of buildings throughout Aberdeen (this work is now carried out by Mitie) but most of our work was at the Lab or at Torry Research Station. After finishing my apprenticeship, I applied for an Electrical Technician post with the The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries for Scotland (DAFS) and started work in February 1984. During this period I spent a lot of time either at the lab sites on the West Coast, on occasional sea trips or in the workshop in Aberdeen. In 1986, I moved into the Instrumentation Section and since then, working my way from my entry level grade of PTO IV to management, I’ve taken part in almost 200 surveys on both commercial and research vessels.  During this time I’ve also managed to get married, have three kids and pick up an honours degree with  the Open University on the way!

What’s your proudest achievement so far?

In 2015 I had occasion to participate in a diverse piece of research when I provided engineering support in a joint venture between MASTS partners (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland) to locate a cold seep ecosystem west of Rockall. Our VMUX chariot was to be used in 1200m deep water trench and I was tasked with flying the frame, collecting HD camera footage and CTD (conductivity, temperate and depth) data in the area of the seep. Despite us being informed prior to the cruise that it would be like “looking for a needle in a haystack” we located the seep and obtained valuable HD footage of this unique phenomena.

What would you say to any aspiring young engineers?

The engineering profession seems to get a hard time from some sections of society. People seem to think it’s a job for men in boiler suits and hard hats. This isn’t always the case. Engineering is for people who are interested in how things work, love problem solving and enjoy communicating with others. If a young person is interested in technology and new developments there will be a sector of engineering for them.

And one fun fact about you?

Although I can’t play a note and my wife would say I’m tone deaf, I’m a bit of a music geek. I got my first record player at 10 and since then I’ve collected around 600 albums and around about 1000 cd’s. I’m a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to downloads!

If I ever win the lottery, I’ll be in a corner shop near you listening to music!

 

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