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Remembering Helen Stormonth Ogilivie (1880-1960)

Wed, 2017-05-17 13:53

On this day in 1880, Helen Stormonth Ogilivie was born who, as far as we know, was the first woman to be employed by what is now Marine Scotland Science.

Born in Dundee, Ms Ogilvie studied at Dundee University College at the time it became affiliated to St Andrews University and graduated with an MA and also a BSc, with distinction in Botany and Zoology.Helen Ogilvie's collection

Ms Ogilvie started working for the Fishery Board for Scotland around 1911, and at this time also began working with Professor Haaken Hasberg Gran, a prominent Norwegian botanist, analysing phytoplankton samples. The work led to her first publication with Prof Gran describing the phytoplankton and planktonic food of fishes.

She came to work at the Aberdeen Laboratory in 1926 and dedicated most of her career to the study of phytoplankton. She also published a number of scientific papers in her own right, including a description of the copepod (a small marine animal) which is the reference work for these creatures, still used today.

Following her retirement in 1946 Ms Ogilvie continued her interest and remained voluntarily at the laboratory until her health began to fade.  Upon leaving she bequeathed a wonderful array of books, from her own personal collection, to the Aberdeen Laboratory; which we still have on display in our Marine Laboratory Library.

 

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Placements now available with Marine Scotland (closing date 29 June)

Tue, 2017-05-16 13:51

Marine Scotland is planning to host two NERC Innovation Placements. The placements, which are currently open to applications, will look at policy areas related to marine renewables, and scientific areas related to underwater noise.

Marine Acoustics Placement

During this placement, the candidate will have the opportunity to work with underwater noise data from across the east coast of Scotland. We’re looking for someone who can help us to review data collection processes and develop analytical and reporting processes.

Marine Planning and Policy Placement

During this placement, the candidate will work to support the development of a marine plan for floating offshore wind. They will also contribute to work on the Scottish Offshore Renewable Research Framework (SpORRAn), which is a tool used by Marine Scotland to identify knowledge gaps around marine renewables policy.

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Vacancy – Second Engineering Officer (Closing date 8 June)

Fri, 2017-05-12 10:00

We are currently seeking applications for Second Engineers holding a Class One (Motor) Certificate of Competency to serve aboard Marine Scotland’s vessels. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Marine Scotland operate three Patrol vessels and two Research vessels owned by the Scottish Government. The vessels carry out Fishery Protection and Fisheries Research duties in the waters  around Scotland.

Essential Criteria
1. Class 1 (Motor) Unlimited Certificate
2. Certificated in all respects to meet the requirements of STCW95.
3. Up to date knowledge of marine industry.
4. Excellent communication skills.
5. Be able to demonstrate a competent level of computer skills

Desirable Criteria
1. Knowledge of diesel electric propulsion systems

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 Caroline Hutton on 0131 244 4194 or via caroline.hutton@gov.scot.

*Pay Supplement
This post attracts a £2000 per annum pro rata supplement. Pay supplements are temporary payments designed to address recruitment and retention issues caused by market pressures and are subject to regular review.

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Vacancy – Economic Policy Adviser (closing date 6 June)

Wed, 2017-05-10 09:35

We are currently seeking applications for an Economic Policy Adviser within Food Standards Scotland (FSS).

The post will be located in Marine Scotland’s Marine Analytical Unit (MAU), to allow the post holder to draw on broader multi-disciplinary (statisticians, economists, data analyst and social researchers) analytical resource based in Edinburgh. 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.

As an Economic Policy Adviser you will analyse, evaluate and assess various aspects of the Scottish food economy and help shape the development of FSS policies and programmes. You will provide economic advice on issues that arise day-to-day and will be involved in working with the FSS Board and other officials across a range of governmental business. You will be required to maintain an understanding of the economic policy landscape relating to FSS and links with other government departments, UK and international research funders and provide links to research programmes which are relevant to FSS strategic objectives.

Qualifications Required
At least a 2:1 Economics Degree or a Masters Degree in Economics.

Essential Criteria
1. You will have substantial experience as a professional economist and have a strong understanding of economic concepts and analytical techniques.
2. You will have experience of working with other professions to develop a shared evidence base to inform and influence decision-making.
3. You will have some experience of advising decision–making at all levels.
4. Experience of gathering, analysing and presenting economic data, using tools such as excel.
5. Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and oral) skills and an ability to adapt your style to meet the needs of your audience.

Desirable Criteria
1. Experience of working with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
2. Some experience of leading a distinct analytical project or programme of work

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 Susan Pryde 01224 285152 or susan.pryde@fss.scot.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Craig Wilson on 0131 244 4073 or via  craig.wilson@gov.scot.

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New consultation launched on fin fish and shellfish developments

Mon, 2017-05-08 10:00

 

 

Last Friday, Marine Scotland launched a consultation to propose amendments to permitted development rights for fin fish and shellfish developments. Comments are being sought on whether to relax the current requirement for prior notification under existing rights and to consult on improvements to rights relevant to shellfish farmers.

The proposed changes are the result of the review of current rights, undertaken with input from the Ministerial Group for Sustainable Aquaculture  Capacity Working Group which was established in 2013 to improve the planning and consenting process for fin fish and shellfish developments. Prior to the consultation,  a strategic environmental assessment screening report was developed and consulted on, and from the comments received, there was a general consensus that the proposed changes will not cause any significant environmental impacts. This is final stage in this process and Wwe would like to seek views on whether the proposed legislative changes should be introduced.

The consultation is now open and will close on Friday 28 July.

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Vacancy – Marine Mammal Scientist

Tue, 2017-05-02 14:07

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Mammal Scientist 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.

This post will provide scientific advice to Marine Scotland licensing and policy branches on matters related to marine mammals.  This will include advice on marine renewable energy developments and on management of marine mammal populations.  This advice will be underpinned by scientific research undertaken by the post-holder on the use of passive acoustic monitoring to assess the use of Scottish waters by cetacean species.

Qualifications Required

An honours degree or above in a relevant biological, ecological or bio-statistical discipline is a requirement for this post.

Essential Criteria

  1. A good understanding of regulation, legislation and research relating to marine mammals and to underwater noise in Scottish waters.
  2. Demonstrable data analysis and statistical skills, using specialist statistical software, such as R, Genstat or Matlab.
  3.  Experience of successfully managing sea going fieldwork.
  4. The ability to work independently with good organisational skills.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to explain scientific concepts to varied audiences.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field.
  2. Experience of collecting, processing, analysing, and reporting on data on underwater acoustics, and marine mammal abundance, distribution and behaviour.

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. The Marine Science Competency Framework can be found here. 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 Kate Brookes, who can be reached at kate.brookes@gov.scot or 01224 295613. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Steven Andison on 0131 244 8323 or via steven.andison@gov.scot

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To The Journey’s End – a new film about the lifecycle of Atlantic Salmon

Mon, 2017-05-01 10:00

To the jouney's end posterWe’re delighted to announce that at our Freshwater Fisheries open day in Pitlochry on 13th May that we will be showing a new feature from filmmaker Bernard Martin.

Concluding a 7-year, self-funded project, supported by the Boards and Trusts of the rivers of the North East of Scotland, Aberdeenshire-based filmmaker Bernard Martin created this film as an educational resource, hoping to inspire local students to think about the conservation of the species.

To The Journey’s End documents the desperate voyage of the Atlantic salmon from ocean to river and back again, driven by the desire to reproduce. Locally-filmed, purpose-shot footage follows them as they travel through the seasons until they finally make it to the spawning grounds where they themselves hatched many years earlier – they finally reach the end of their exhausting 3,000-mile journey. Having not fed since they entered the river from the sea almost a year previous, for most, this is the end of their lives. After spawning, viewers witness the hatching of eggs the following spring and watch the development of baby salmon until they return to the sea as smolts years later.

The film features rarely-seen footage from North East Scotland, allowing viewers to follow the fascinating life-cycle of the Atlantic salmon, fraught with danger. What’s more, the viewer will come to appreciate how endangered Atlantic salmon really are, and the challenges they face throughout their struggle for survival in the modern world.

By painting a poignant picture of the arduous journey of the Atlantic salmon, this film, perhaps most importantly, will inspire determination to help save this magnificent species; a native and natural symbol of Scotland.

On the upcoming launch of his film, Bernard said: “Year after year we were disappointed not to film the spawning sequence, heavy rains, lack of fish, being in the wrong place at the right time and equipment failing at the critical moment, all meant another year’s filming. Without the spawning sequence there was no film at all. What was really uplifting was that the people who work and look after our rivers never gave up on me. The quality of the rivers of the North East is down to their hard work and management”

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Vacancy – Second Officer

Fri, 2017-04-28 10:44

We are currently seeking applications for Second Officers within Marine Scotland (Compliance) on board the Government’s Marine Patrol 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.

The Marine Patrol Vessels are involved in monitoring compliance with International, UK and National rules and regulations of licensed activities in the marine environment around Scotland out to 200 miles and beyond when required. This includes enforcing UK, EU and International fisheries laws and regulations. This is intended to assist the conservation of fish stocks and in creating the conditions necessary for the existence of a modern and sustainable sea fishing industry.

Qualifications Required

Candidates must hold a minimum of an unlimited Officer of the Watch certificate of competency, be fully certificated to meet STCW 95 requirements. 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. Candidates must have experience of being a watch keeping officer.
  2. Successful applicants must be self-motivated and have excellent communication skills, with an up-to-date knowledge of the marine industry.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Chief Mates Certificate of Competency.
  2. Knowledge of Marine Scotland’s work.

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 Caroline Hutton who can be reached at 0131 244 4194 or caroline.hutton@gov.scot. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Dorota Rokosz on 01312446630 or via Dorota.rokosz@scot.gov.

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Get involved with the best of Scotland’s nature

Thu, 2017-04-27 09:30

Freshwater LaboratoryThe latest edition of Scottish Natural Heritage’s newsletter has just been published, with articles about how to get involved with the best of Scotland’s nature, an update on the new Scotland’s Soil’s website and their quarterly science update.

And if you were thinking of coming along to our Freshwater Fisheries open day on 13th May, why not make a weekend of it and get involved with the Cairngorms Nature BIG Weekend? Happening between the 12-14 May, it is a celebration of the fantastic wildlife of the Cairngorms National Park.

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Your chance to find out more about our Freshwater scientists

Mon, 2017-04-24 11:28

Open Day schedule

On 13th May, our Freshwater scientists are holding an open day at the Atholl Palace Hotel, Pitlochry.

This free and family friendly event will showcase past and present work that has been instrumental in developing our understanding of Scotland’s freshwater fish populations and fisheries. You’re welcome to drop in at any time  between 10am and 5pm and check out all the different exhibits we’ll have on show and scientists will be on hand to talk to you about what they do.

Learn – See – Explore

  • Study fish DNA, find out how we tell the ages of fish, discover what a baby dragonfly looks like
  • Find out how and why we follow fish using electronic tags
  • Watch our fascinating demonstration on catching fish using electricity
  • Check out our topical talks and informative videos
  • Chat with our scientists and learn about being a fisheries biologist, geneticist or chemist

Initially set up in 1948, the Marine Scotland Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory employs around 40 staff at its main site in Pitlochry on the shore of Loch Faskally and outstations in Montrose and Shieldaig. Our dedicated team conducts science that supports national fisheries management and conservation. Staff work on a range of fish species in both freshwater and coastal environments, but primarily Atlantic salmon and Brown (sea) trout.

**Book your free tickets now!**

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SCObs Weekly Sampling to Expand at St Abbs

Fri, 2017-04-07 13:20

The Scottish Coastal Observatory (SCObs) monitors the temperature, salinity, nutrients and plankton community at a number of sites around the Scottish coast. The efforts of Marine Scotland scientists are supported by a network of local citizen-scientists who deploy small temperature sensors and collect water samples for analysis.  Many of the SCObs sites have been collecting data since 1997, and a first report featuring observations up to 2013 was recently published.  Monthly means of the data presented in the report are available for download.

More recently, SCObs has also established a site at St Abbs, on the Scottish east coast, almost 50 miles south of Edinburgh.  In collaboration with staff at the St Abbs Marine Station, temperature sensors have been deployed since July 2013.  From April 2017, the monitoring is expanding to include the collection of water samples for salinity, nutrient and phytoplankton analysis.  Dave Lee and Bee Berx from the Oceanography Group travelled down to St Abbs on 31 March, to deliver the kit needed for the St Abbs Marine Station staff to collect and store samples.  After a short training session, they were also treated to possibly the tastiest Cullen Skink around, before heading home.

So, how do our citizen-scientist volunteers help SCObs?

Volunteers who collect samples are sent empty vials, bottles and phytoplankton sampling equipment, which they use to collect water samples on a weekly basis. Nutrient samples are frozen, while the preserved phytoplankton samples and salinity bottles are stored at room temperature.  Samples are returned to the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen on a regular basis, and the samples are analysed.  Meantime, the volunteers receive replacement sampling kit from Marine Scotland.  The volunteers also deploy and recover the temperature sensors: these are attached to piers or buoys, where they are permanently submerged.  Every three months, the volunteers also post these back.  The data is downloaded from the instrument, and a new sensor is posted out to the volunteers.

St Abbs sampling siteThe St Abbs Marine Station is a registered charity and has a research collaboration agreement with Edinburgh Napier and Heriot-Watt universities. All three partners are members of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS).  They particularly focus on issues related to marine conservation and sustainability, as well as education and providing excellent research facilities.

 

 

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MRV Alba na Mara Survey 0517A Programme

Thu, 2017-04-06 10:00

Duration: 06 – 26 April 2017

Fishing Gear: Scallop Dredges

Objectives:

  1. To carry out a survey of scallop stocks on the West Coast.
  2. To age, measure and assess shell damage on all scallops caught.
  3. To Identify and sample additional areas of commercial interest to the scallop fishery.
  4. To collect information on by-catch of other commercial fish and shellfish species.
  5. To identify, quantify numbers, and damage assess of starfish species in all dredge tows.
  6. To collect flesh samples for genetic and toxin analysis back at the laboratory.
  7. To undertake underwater filming trials using a Go-pro camera.
  8. If time permits carry out a depletion study on a selected dredge tow.

Procedure:

The survey will depart from Fraserburgh on 06 April and after vessel drills, make passage for the West Coast stations on the survey.

Scallop dredge hauls will be made at sites used on previous surveys as shown Figure 1. Hauls will be of 30 minutes duration.  In addition to the historical tows, additional tows will be done to the South West of Islay and if time permits, from the Clyde.  From each haul all of the scallops will be measured to the half centimetre below and aged.  Numbers and size distribution of commercial fish and shellfish species will be recorded along with scallop shell damage and starfish numbers and species.  Tissue samples will also be collected from selected sites and frozen for toxin analysis back at the laboratory.

Figure 1: Scallop Dredge Haul Sites

Figure 1 0517A Scallop Haul sites

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