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Smolts on the Sunbeam

Thu, 2019-05-23 11:54

Scientists from Marine Scotland Science (MSS) are currently undertaking a smolt survey aboard the Fraserburgh pelagic trawler Sunbeam (FR487). The survey runs from 10 – 19 May 2019. The main objective is to survey salmon and sea trout smolt migration routes at various points both inshore and offshore (approx. 45 nmiles) along the Scottish east coast. The route includes the Moray Firth, Firths of Forth and Tay. MSS are using a specially designed net which samples from sea surface down to approximately 10m below the surface.

The rear part of the net incorporates a metal frame containing video recording capabilities and checks for Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tags on fish, which are essentially barcodes that give reliable data, from shore tagged individual fish of various river origins, on specific animal movement. The net is operated with the codend either open or closed to retain fish for genetic assignment to regions and river of origin.

 

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Small Isles MPA’s

Tue, 2019-05-21 10:00

MRV Alba na Mara Programme
Survey 0819A

Duration: 18 May – 4 June 2019

 

Equipment:

  • Hybrid drop/lander frame + calibration mesh
  • HD TV system + lights (5 plastic cages)
  • Armoured cable + spare + axle stands & bar
  • Stereo TV system
  • Day grab + table + 2 × sieve drawers
  • EK60 calibration equipment

 

Background and Objectives:

0819A will survey the waters around the Small Isles Marine Protected Area (MPA).  The primary objective of this survey is to monitor sites previously visited in 2012-2018 that support Scotland’s Priority Marine Features (PMFs).  Work from these surveys will be used to determine the effect of MPAs established in Scottish waters.  A secondary objective is that the data will contribute to a potential impact (BACI) study once protective measures within the MPA are introduced.  Work will cease on the afternoon of 26 May to allow time to travel to Mallaig (TBC) for the purposes of a half landing. Scientific staff will change at this point. Specific objectives are as follows:

  1. To further survey known populations of PMF species within and outside the Small Isles MPA.
  2. Trial the stereo-imagery system developed by MSS.
  3. To sample sites around the Small Isles MPA for the purpose of eDNA analysis.
  4. To calibrate the EK60 echosounder system mounted on board Alba na Mara.

 

Embarkation: Scientists will join the vessel in Oban around 11:00 (BST) on 18 May.  Weather permitting, and after all vessel drills have been completed, Alba na Mara will depart Kyle of Lochalsh, heading for the Small Isles MPA.

 

Benthic survey: The survey will consist of a series of UW HDTV surveys of the seabed at various sites inside and outside the Small Isles MPA (Figure 1).  The survey will utilise the modular camera frame (hybrid drop and lander frame – 2460 × 1900 × 1940 mm, L × W × H) deployed from the aft of the vessel.  Species type, density and substrate type (assessed visually) will be classified for each video transect post-survey.

 

The stereo-video system will be attached to the lander frame and set to record in parallel with the PMF survey.  The bar will be moved around the frame to investigate the effect of changing the camera orientation with respect to the area under observation.

 

If time allows, grab samples will be taken at sites around the MPA.  Samples will be frozen on board and will be analysed at a later date for traces of environmental DNA (eDNA) from species classed as Priority Marine Features (e.g. Atrina fragilis).

 

Operations: Survey operations will take place between the hours of 06:00 and 18:00 (GMT) and the work schedule will be decided by the SIC in conjunction with the skipper.  Work will cease at an appropriate time to allow the vessel to steam to Kirkwall to collect the acoustic technician.  The following 12 hours will be spent in Scapa Flow calibrating the EK60 echosounder system, after which Alba na Mara will head for Fraserburgh. All staff will remain on board until the end of the survey.

Unloading will occur on 4 June, at which time scientists will disembark.

 

Normal contact will be maintained with the Laboratory.

 

Figure 1: 2019 survey areas: Small Isles MPA UWTV Survey Boxes

 

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Monks, Megs and More…

Mon, 2019-05-20 10:24

The second leg of the Monkfish Survey (1219H) departed a sunny Scrabster on the MFV Genesis on Sunday 28th April. It was a 36 hour steam out to Rockall, which gave us plenty of time for some beauty sleep.  We then began fishing on Tuesday in some fine, calm conditions.

The aim of the survey was to sample the Rockall plateau for: monks, megrim, four-spotted megrim, and skates.  Plenty of all were caught, with some large “barn door” skates and monkfish making an appearance. We collected biological data from each species, which included: measuring the fish, sexing, and removing the otolith for later age determination.Different Species found on 1219H Genesis Survey

Some more unusual species were found during the sampling including: Sea Toads (Chaunacidae), Manefish (Caristiidae) and Bigeye (Epigonidae) – you can see a few pictured below.

Overall we completed 30 trawls (28 successful) during our six days fishing around Rockall. The Genesis’ crew were exceptionally helpful, even assisting with measuring and collecting the biological samples! Pilot Whales made a brief appearance on our second last day, but they had moved off swiftly before cameras were yielded. We finished up our sampling on Sunday and started our long 30+ hour steam back, landing into a sunny but cold Ullapool on Tuesday 7th May in time for coffee and a bacon roll.

Further Information

 

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Smolt Trawl Survey with the Sunbeam

Thu, 2019-05-16 10:30
MFV Sunbeam FR487

Survey: 1419H Programme

Duration: 10-19 May 2019

Scientific Gear:

  1. Smolt trawl, Thyboron type 15vf pelagic trawl doors (6m2), Dyneema sweep rig and Fenders (300mm diameter with 215kg buoyancy) attached four per side of the trawl.
  2. Video frame/box incorporating pit tag detector.
  3. Self-contained underwater camera systems.
  4. New Åkrehamn Trålbøteri fish-lift aquarium system incorporating grid box and aluminum live fish aquarium.
Objectives

To undertake a smolt trawl survey in the outer Moray Firth, and elsewhere off the Scottish east coast, including offshore from the Firths of Tay and Forth.

Procedure

All trawl gear, video-frame, fish-lift aquarium and scientific equipment will be transported to Fraserburgh and rigged aboard the MFV Sunbeam. The vessel will set sail and make passage to commence the smolt survey on the Scottish east coast or, if the weather is unfavourable, in the Moray Firth area.

Trawl Gear

The smolt trawl is designed to operate with its headline held at the surface and the footrope at approximately 12 m depth. The headline and top sweeps of the net are supported using 50 x 200 mm floats (headline), 2 x 1400 mm long fender floats at net quarters and 1 x Polyform A6 fender buoy + 2 x 1400 mm long fender floats per side (top sweep). The trawl doors are designed to fish just below the surface (max depth 50-60 m) and buoyant Dyneema rope used throughout the sweep rig. The video frame is attached to the trawl using netting with supporting bridles and made neutrally buoyant using a combination of 275 mm and 200 mm floats. (A rigging specification is given in Guidance Note 1.)

The fish-lift aquarium system will replace the video-frame system at the rear of the smolt trawl. It is a closed aluminum boat shaped aquarium and designed to produce the lowest possible turbulence inside and, therefore, allows the fish caught inside to swim unharmed and is an improved version of a fish-left aquarium designed by Holst and McDonald, 2000 (see Guidance note 2).

Trawling Plan

This survey will build on the successful 2017-2018 survey work in the Moray Firth and elsewhere off the Scottish east coast. The 2019 survey will further investigate the migration routes of salmon and sea trout smolts from Moray Firth rivers across the Moray Firth and carry out the second survey of smolts off the Firths of Tay and Forth (see main picture). There is also potential to investigate further offshore in informative locations. The net requires a minimum depth of about 40 m for operation and is deployed in an arc, or arcs, so that the ship wash misses the net.

Tows of two hours or less will be carried out with a cod end in place and smolts retained for genetic assignment to rivers and/or regions of origin. The by-catch will be recorded by species. The captured video and PIT tag recordings will be used to identify when fish were caught during the tows. It is also possible that the net will also be deployed open ended at times, instead of using a cod end, potentially for longer tows, but not providing samples for genetic assignment. A combination of tows with and without the cod end in place may allow survey work to be carried out for up to 16 hours a day.

If available, the fish-lift system will be deployed to retain smolts in better condition, and allow smolts, not required for sampling, to be returned alive to the sea after minimal contact.

Guidance Note 1. Smolt Trawl Rig Details

Trawl (4 panel constructed from PA netting)
• Mesh size (Full mesh in mm):
o Wings – 800
o Front/side panel sections – 800
o Lower cover/belly sections – 800
o Reducing 400-200-120-80-60 and end taper 40
o Straight extension – 40

• Frame lines and net opening
o Headline length – 70.2 m
o Side line length – 15.9 m
o Footrope length – 59.8 m
o Wing stretch length (nominal) – 62 m
o Trawl tapered body stretched length (nominal) – 69.6 m
o Straight extension stretched length – 8 m
o Fishing circle – 224 m
o Nominal net mouth opening at fishing circle (assumes meshes roped (hung) at 50% of full mesh size) – 844.8 m2.

Sweep rig and otterboards
• Sweeps – 150 m x 28 mm dia. Dyneema
• Backstrops – 15 m x 28 mm dia. Dyneema
• Headline/footrope extensions – 3m x 13mm long-link chain
• Otterboards – Thyborøn type 15vf pelagic otterboards:
o Surface area – 6m2
o Weight (each otterboard) – 1000kg + 200kg additional (8 x 25kg)

Flotation (headline)
• 50 x 200mm floats (each float 2.47kg buoyancy)
• 1 x Polyform (A2) H= 510mm Dia.= 300mm Buoyancy = 35kg
• Fenders (Blue Line JF2255):
o 1 per side at quarters – L = 1400mm Ø = 300mm buoyancy = 215kg
2 per side at wingends (attached to chain extensions) – L = 1400mm Ø = 300mm buoyancy = 215kg + 1 per side Polyform A6 buoy fender L = 111.8cm x Ø = 86.4cm buoyancy = 359kg

Guidance Note 2 – Fish-Lift Aquarium Schematic

1419H Guidance Note 2 Fish Lift

(Taken from J.C. Holst, A. McDonald/Fisheries Research 48 (2000) 87-91)

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Demersal Data Collection

Wed, 2019-05-15 10:30
MFV Genesis BF505

Survey: 1119H Survey Programme

Duration: 9-17 May 2019

Fishing Gear: Anglerfish Trawl BT 195

Objectives:1119H Figure 1 Map showing approximate survey track and trawl positions
  1. Undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of Anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius and Lophius budegassa) ICES area IVA and VIA
  2. Record and map distributions of Megrim (Lepidorhombus wiffiagonis), Four-Spot Megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii) Cod (Gadus morhua), Blue Skate (Dipturus batis) and Flapper Skate (Dipturus intermedius).
  3. Collect biological data on: Anglerfish species, Cod, Megrim, Four-Spot Megrim, Blue Skate and Flapper Skate.
Procedures

This trawl survey follows a set of protocols drawn up by an industry science survey planning group made up of Marine Scotland scientists and fishing representatives. These protocols share much in common with the sampling regimes described in Marine Scotland standing instructions for demersal trawl surveys.

The survey track and sampling locations will be delivered to the skipper prior to departure.

Trawling

One haul of 60 minutes duration will be made at each sampling station; trawling operations will occur in waters up to a maximum of 1000 m. Daily starting times will be 06:00 hours and all trawling should be complete by approximately 23:30 hours each night. The Scanmar system will be used to monitor wing spread, door spread and distance covered during each haul. A bottom contact sensor will be mounted on the footrope.

Catches will be worked up according to the protocols for Marine Scotland Anglerfish surveys which are similar in principle to Marine Scotland standing instructions.

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Vacancy: Marine Licensing Casework Manager

Tue, 2019-05-14 14:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Licensing Casework Manager 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 Licensing Operations Team in Marine Scotland provides a ‘one-stop shop’ for marine licences and Section 36 consents in Scottish Waters. The successful post holder will be responsible for processing applications for consents and licences, to contribute to the teams compliance and enforcement activity and manage risks through ensuring that procedures are followed. You will provide a high quality service to the Licensing Operations Team, Ministers, applicants, and stakeholders in a dynamic fast paced and evolving environment.

 

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. Experience of critically reviewing environmental information, identifying gaps and using this to provide advice, recommendations and inform decisions to tight deadlines.
  2. Experience of licensing or consenting processes and legislative frameworks.
  3. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to demonstrate credibility with internal and external stakeholders, and show experience of working in a cross team environment.
  4. A proven record of strong planning and organisational skills, with the ability to work on your own initiative, manage a diverse workload and to adapt quickly to changing circumstances and expectations.

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 Nicola Bain who can be reached at nicola.bain@gov.scot or 0131 244 3836.

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.

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Grabbing Samples at Decommissioned Murchison

Tue, 2019-05-14 12:30
MRV Scotia

Survey: 0619S Programme

Duration: 28 April – 05 May 2019

Equipment:

  • Day grab;
  • Sieve table;
  • TV drop frame with lasers;
  • Armoured cable;
  • Multibeam echosounder system;
  • Sound Velocity Profile (SVP);
  • Time-lapse cameras; and
  • Associated moorings.
Objectives

Assess the macro benthic ecology of drill cuttings material using time-lapse cameras.

Procedure

MRV Scotia will depart from Aberdeen Harbour at 09:00 hours on 28 April and, after all safety drills have been undertaken, make passage to the decommissioned Murchison platform. The nature of the survey work will be heavily dependent on the prevailing weather conditions encountered and a daily plan will be agreed between the Scientist-in-Charge (SiC), Captain and Fishing Master.

Multibeam Bathymetry

A sound velocity profile (SVP) will be collected within the survey location. On completion of the SVP, MRV Scotia will conduct a multibeam swathe survey of approximately 5 x 5 km over the decommissioned site. Survey speed will be 4 knots. The output will be checked for any anomalous features that could interact with other survey equipment. This will provide insight to locate subsequent survey stations.

Grab Samples0619S Survey Locations - Figure 1

Grab samples of surface sediments will be collected and sub sampled for hydrocarbon analysis.

Seabed Video footage

Video footage and digital stills will be recorded using a drop-frame camera suspended 1-1.5 m above the seabed and towed at a speed of 1 knot or less (0.5 m per second).

Time-lapse Camera

Seven time-lapse cameras will be placed on the seabed guided by the bathymetry data collected.

If time permits, additional survey data will be collected from the Hutton decommissioned platform.

 

Further Information:

 

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MarPAMM Project

Mon, 2019-05-13 13:00

MRV Alba na Mara Programme
Survey 0719A

Duration: 13-15 May 2019

Sampling Gear & Equipment:

  • 3 x marine mammal monitoring moorings to be deployed
  • 80 kg clump weight
  • Vemco VR2AR acoustic release
  • Loggerhead DSG-ST sound recorder
  • Chelonia C-POD

 

Overview:
Survey 0719A aims to deploy three marine mammal and underwater noise monitoring moorings at sites in Scottish waters, within the INTERREG VA “cross-border” region.  Data are required to underpin the management of marine protected areas and protected species (marine mammals), to meet Marine Scotland’s commitments under the MarPAMM project.

 

Objectives:
To deploy three marine mammal monitoring moorings with acoustic releases. Indicative areas for these moorings are: N of Islay/SW of Colonsay (55⁰ 56’ N, 006⁰ 25’ W), SW of Tiree (56⁰ 26’ N, 007⁰ 06’ W), and E of Mingulay (56⁰ 48’ N, 007⁰ 36’ W) – these locations will be refined in due course. All moorings will be deployed in max. 120 m water.

 

Embarkation:
Scientists will join the vessel on 12 May in Oban and spend the night aboard, so that the ship can leave early on 13 May.  Weather permitting and after all vessel drills have been undertaken, Alba na Mara will head SW to the first mooring site N of Islay.  After deployment, the vessel will steam NW to the second mooring site SW of Tiree.  On 14 May, the vessel will steam NW to the east side of Mingulay to deploy the third mooring.  The work will then be complete.  The precise order in which the vessel will undertake the survey work will be decided by the SIC in conjunction with the skipper.  The vessel will anchor overnight at a safe anchorage to be advised by the skipper.

 

Daily operations will occur between 07:00 and 19:00 hours (all times BST).  Scientific operations will cease on 14 May to allow sufficient time for the vessel to travel to Kyle of Lochalsh.  Unloading will occur in Kyle on 15 May.

 

Normal contact will be maintained with the Laboratory.

 

Table 1: Locations and mooring names.

Location name

Latitude

Longitude

Depth

Colonsay 55⁰ 56’ N 006⁰ 25’ W TBC Skerryvore 56⁰ 26’ N 007⁰ 06’ W TBC Mingulay 56⁰ 48’ N 007⁰ 36’ W TBC

 

Figure 1. Mooring laid out on deck of Scotia

 

Figure 2. Mooring schematic diagram

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Demersal Trawling in ICES Area IVb

Thu, 2019-05-09 10:00
MFV Genesis BF505 Programme

Survey: 1219H Programme

Duration: 28 April – 07 May 2019

Fishing Gear: Anglerfish Trawl BT 195

Objectives:
  1. Undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of Anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius and Lophius budegassa) at Rockall, ICES area IVb.
  2. Record and map distributions of Megrim (Lepidorhombus wiffiagonis), Four-Spot Megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii), Cod (Gadus morhua), Blue Skate (Dipturus batis) and Flapper Skate (Dipturus intermedius).
  3. Collect biological data on: Anglerfish species, Cod, Megrim, Four-Spot Megrim, Blue Skate and Flapper Skate.
Procedures

This trawl survey follows a set of protocols drawn up by an industry science survey planning group made up of Marine Scotland scientists and fishing representatives. These protocols share much in common with the sampling regimes described in Marine Scotland standing instructions for demersal trawl surveys.

The survey track and sampling locations will be delivered to the skipper prior to departure.

Trawling

One haul of 60 minutes duration will be made at each sampling station; trawling operations will occur in waters up to a maximum of 1000 m. Daily starting times will be 06:00 hours and all trawling should be complete by approximately 23:30 hours each night. The Scanmar system will be used to monitor wing spread, door spread and distance covered during each haul. A bottom contact sensor will be mounted on the footrope.

Catches will be worked up according to the protocols for Marine Scotland Anglerfish Surveys which are similar in principle to Marine Scotland standing instructions.

Further Information:

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Vacancy: Electronic Engineer, closing date 4 June 2019

Wed, 2019-05-08 15:00

We are currently seeking applications for an Electronic Engineer within the Engineering Group 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 join the Marine Scotland Science Division to implement succession planning in a business critical service area. This will ensure sufficient time for the transfer of knowledge held by existing staff prior to their retirement and the distribution of the workload, while continuing the delivery of the group’s objectives and the support provided to MSS in areas of work.

 

Qualifications Required:

A degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering.

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. A high level of technical experience, with strong analysis and practical problem-solving abilities to help influence designs.
  2. Proven skills in the assembly, testing and fault-finding of electronic circuit boards and instrumentation, including the ability to solder.
  3. Excellent oral, written and diagrammatic communication skills, with the ability to translate complex ideas into clear concepts supported by working knowledge of modern software packages.
  4. Proven ability to work in multidisciplinary teams with other engineers/scientists onshore and on research and commercial vessels.

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 who can be reached at neil.collie@gov.scot or on 0131 244 3669.

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.

Further information for this job:

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Vacancy: Fisheries Statistican, closing date 4 June 2019

Wed, 2019-05-08 10:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Fisheries Statistician 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 has arisen due to the increased need to respond to requests for robust scientific fisheries data for Scotland, to support fisheries management and policy decision making. The post will play a key role in the collection, provision and publication of scientific data by Marine Scotland Science (MSS). Duties will include developing improvements to survey designs, statistical analysis of a variety of fisheries survey data, international collaboration with similar experts, mainly within the ICES community, and the publication of results through peer-reviewed papers. The opportunity to take part in fisheries surveys on research and commercial vessels will be available.

 

Qualifications Required:
A post-graduate qualification in a scientific subject with a high numeric content.

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. Expertise in a high level programming language, preferably the R statistical environment, specifically the writing and documenting of robust code for use by others, ideally by means of R-packages.
  2. Excellent understanding of statistical sampling design and statistical data analysis, and experience of the management, quality control and statistical analysis of large or complex data sets, preferably with a fisheries or marine theme.
  3. The ability to plan, manage and deliver on substantial research projects, for example a PhD or research grant.
  4. The ability to communicate results to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, demonstrated by authorship of scientific reports and/or peer-reviewed scientific papers, and delivery of presentations, for example at conferences, meetings or workshops.

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 Liz Clarke who can be reached at liz.clarke@scot.gov or +44 0131 244 3399.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Recruitment Team on 0131 244 5739 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

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Vacancy: Trainee Fisheries Biologist, closing date 21 May 2019

Tue, 2019-05-07 15:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Trainee Fisheries Biologist within the Directorate for Marine Scotland based in Pitochry. 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 is based at the Marine Scotland Science Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory near Pitlochry and will sit with the Freshwater Environment Group that contributes to the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Programme. The post holder will work closely with a small team of three staff to operate the Girnock and Baddoch fish traps on the River Dee. These long-term monitoring sites provide valuable data that underpin scientific support for the management of salmon in Scotland. The post holder will undertake fieldwork assisting in the collection of data to monitor salmon populations at these sites.

 

Prospective applicants should note that the role involves a large amount of outdoor work, often in challenging conditions and in remote locations. Elements of this role are physically demanding, e.g. cleaning and lifting of steel trap screens, and applicants will need to be able to repetitively lift a weight of 29 kilos to clear a minimum vertical distance of 1.0 metre. The ability to do so will be tested if you are successful in being invited to interview.

 

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. Good interpersonal, networking and team working skills.
  2. Good IT skills and experience of IT packages such as Word and Excel.
  3. Ability and willingness to work outside, in varying weather conditions, at remote locations, while undertaking fieldwork duties.
  4. A strong interest in fish, fisheries or the natural environment.

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 Ross Glover who can be reached Ross.Glover@gov.scot  or 0131 244 2238.

 

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Vacancy: Fisheries Observer, Aberdeen, closing date: 23 May 2019

Tue, 2019-05-07 14:00

We are currently seeking applications for two Fisheries Observer posts 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.

Within the Data Collection (DC) Group, which is part of the Fisheries Data Programme, fisheries observers carry out essential tasks, and the duties reflect the need to develop essential skills in fish and shellfish sampling and age determination (where relevant) and thereby maintain Marine Scotland Science’s capacity to collect data and perform stock assessments for quota species important to the Scottish fleet. Applicants must be capable of and willing to work at sea on board commercial fishing and research vessels. The post-holder will be required to travel to remote locations around Scotland and, on occasion, to work unsociable hours.

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. Good organisational skills, ability to plan and prioritise work and use your own initiative.
  2. To be a confident communicator with good verbal and written communication skills.
  3. Experience of collecting, accurately recording and entering data into basic computer packages (e.g. Excel).
  4. Experience of working with fish and/or shellfish on sea going commercial or research vessels.

For further information on these vacancies 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: Adrian Weetman on 0131 244 4142 (adrian.weetman@gov.scot), or Nabeil Salama on 0131 244 3205 (nabeil.salama@gov.scot).

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0131 244 3963 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

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DEEPly Committed to a Thriving Oyster Population

Fri, 2019-05-03 12:43

Marine Scotland has recently been working in close partnership with the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP) initiative to make sure that a large number of molluscs are disease free. Pioneered by Glenmorangie, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and the Marine Conservation Society, the DEEP initiative was created to restore native European oysters (Ostrea edulis) to the Dornoch Firth.

European oysters flourished in the Dornoch Firth up to 10,000 years ago before their rapid decline in the 19th century. Their return to the Firth for the first time in over 100 years began in March 2017; with 300 oysters from Loch Ryan finding a new home on the two sites in the Dornoch Firth. Heriot-Watt University plan to move approximately 20,000 oysters over the course of this water-purification project with the aim of building an established reef within five years.

And that’s where we come in.

Our colleagues in Disease Diagnostics have been performing the molecular screening for harmful pathogens including: Bonamia ostreae, Marteilia refringens and Ostreid herpesvirus-1, on behalf of Heriot-Watt University. Eann Munro, Disease Diagnostics Group Leader, has been overseeing the screening work and commented “Marine Scotland has been screening native oysters for three pathogens listed under EU legislation on behalf of the DEEP Project. Using highly sensitive, specific and rapid molecular assays we can rule out the presence of these pathogens in a timely manner. DEEP consider it is vitally important that the molluscs are screened prior to transfer to ensure that a high level of biosecurity is maintained. This is a very interesting conservation project and we are delighted that we are able to contribute to the success of the DEEP Project”.

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Engaging the Fishing Industry in Marine Environmental Survey and Monitoring – Part 2

Tue, 2019-04-30 10:00

Marine Scotland has been leading this EMFF-funded project which is aimed at involving fishing vessels in MPA monitoring. This is a joint project between Marine Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage. The project is managed by Seascope Fisheries Research Ltd, with Charlotte Johnston of Crangon Ltd providing monitoring survey expertise.

This is the second in a series of guest blogs from Kyla Orr from Marine Ecological Consulting, who is supporting stakeholder engagement on the project.

(Mobile enabled video)

The 2019 survey season is now underway as part of the EMFF project that is engaging fishers in marine environmental monitoring. The first survey of the year was successfully completed in the Inner Sound between 11th to 20th March, and on the last day we had the opportunity to meetup with the survey team as they disembarked from Kyleakin. They kindly agreed to a video interview so that we could learn more about how the surveys are planned and run, and capture their thoughts on the highlights and challenges of the trip.

Drop down video stations

The aim of this most recent survey was to document seabed habitats and Priority Marine Features in Loch Alsh, the Inner Sound and off Wester Ross, using a drop-down video camera.  The team were given pre-determined survey locations from Scottish Natural Heritage (as GPS co-ordinates). Whilst timed to hopefully overlap with herring spawning activity, the survey also coincided perfectly with Storm Gareth resulting in very challenging weather conditions, so each night the team had to think long and hard about where they could safely deploy the drop-down camera. Thankfully, due to the geography of the Inner Sound there were still plenty of sheltered locations where the vessel could safely operate and gather high quality footage of the seabed. A total of 151 sites were surveyed over 10 days, covering a diverse range of habitats from flame shell beds and horse mussels to burrowed mud (see map left for survey sites).

A break in the weather allowed the vessel to steam up to Wester Ross to record footage of herring spawn, which had settled onto a maerl bed in a thick jelly-like mat. This was undoubtably the highlight of the survey for the whole team, and it was captured in the same location where herring were filmed spawning on the recent Blue Planet series (just north of Loch Torridon).  Herring were once abundant on the west coast of Scotland and supported an important commercial fishery. However, stocks declined significantly after the 1960s, and the stock remains at low levels today – hence documenting a potentially important spawning ground was a very positive aspect of this EMFF survey. It is hoped that the drop-down video footage gathered will improve our understanding of seabed habitats that are important for the settlement and survival of herring eggs.

The location of the herring spawn, as well as some of the Priority Marine Features in the Inner Sound, were identified based on knowledge from local divers (members of the Scottish Scallop Divers Association). Some of their observations have been scientifically validated by the video footage recorded during this survey. This is one of the ways in which SNH and Marine Scotland are working with fishers to gather scientific evidence on the distribution and extent of Scotland’s fantastic marine life.

This survey was one of several scheduled to take place this year, and the next surveys will take place in Orkney and Shetland during May and June.

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Demersal Trawling with Genesis

Mon, 2019-04-29 15:04
MFV Genesis BF505 Programme

Survey: 1019H

Duration: 17-25 April 2019

Fishing Gear: Anglerfish Trawl BT 195

Objectives:
  1. Undertake a nationally co-ordinated demersal trawling survey of Anglerfish (Lophius piscatorius and Lophius budegassa) in the Northern North Sea, ICES area IVa.
  2. Record and map distributions of Megrim (Lepidorhombus wiffiagonis), Four-Spot Megrim (Lepidorhombus boscii) Cod (Gadus morhua), Blue Skate (Dipturus cf. flossada) and Flapper Skate (Dipturus cf. intermedia).
  3. Collect biological data on Anglerfish species, Cod, Megrim, Four-Spot Megrim, Blue Skate and Flapper Skate.
Procedures

This trawl survey follows a set of protocols drawn up by an industry science survey planning group made up of Marine Scotland scientists and fishing representatives. These protocols share much in common with the sampling regimes described in Marine Scotland standing instructions for demersal trawl surveys.

The survey track and sampling locations will be delivered to the skipper prior to departure.

Trawling

One haul of 60 minutes duration will be made at each sampling station; trawling operations will occur in waters up to a maximum of 1000 m. Daily starting times will be 06:00 hours and all trawling should be complete by approximately 23:30 hours each night. The Scanmar system will be used to monitor wing spread, door spread and distance covered during each haul. A bottom contact sensor will be mounted on the footrope.

Catches will be worked up according to the protocols for Marine Scotland Anglerfish surveys which are similar in principle to Marine Scotland standing instructions.

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Fish Samples and Mackerel Eggs – ICES Triennial Survey

Fri, 2019-04-26 13:23
MFV Altaire Programme

Survey: 0219H

Duration: 16-29 April 2019

Fishing/Sampling Gear: Gulf VII Plankton Sampler

Objectives:
  1. Carry out mackerel egg survey (ICES Triennial Survey) on the western shelf and slope in the area from 55o N to 60o N (see Figure 1 below).
  2. Collect fish samples, by trawling, for atresia and fecundity analysis back at the laboratory.
ProceduresFigure 1 Map showing proposed survey area for 0219H

Loading will be completed upon arrival into Ullapool late on the morning of 16 April.  Most of the scientific equipment was retained on board from the previous survey (0119H) and so once on board, time allocated for vessel preparation should be minimal.  Upon completion of this, and after flowmeter calibrations are undertaken in outer Loch Broom, Altaire will proceed to the first plankton station due North of the Butt of Lewis at 58o  45N, 6 o15W.  A further station will be undertaken due west of here at 58o  45N, 6 o45W before taking a SW course down as far as 58o 15N, 7 o15W from where a westerly transect will be taken west until zero eggs are found.

Thereafter, Altaire will be required to undertake some stations on and around the Rockall Trough and Bank before heading back onto the shelf edge west of the Hebrides to resume surveying northwards for the remainder of the survey.  The progress of the German survey south of us may also have an impact on the overall survey plan. Although Figure 1 provides a likely survey outline it must also be accepted that this is highly provisional and as always the final extent and survey route will be dictated by the behaviour of the mackerel as well as the progress of the adjacent survey.  Irrespective of the final survey route Altaire will arrive back in Ullapool for first thing on 29 April.  Unloading will take place shortly after with both Gulf VII samplers together with a large proportion of the scientific equipment being unloaded, as it will be required on Scotia during the next mackerel egg survey on the 8 May (0719S).

Survey transect spacing will typically be at 30’ intervals latitudinally with stations on the transects at 30′ E/W intervals.  Plankton stations will be taken using the Gulf VII sampler with mounted Seabird 19+ CTD which will record salinity and temperature during the deployments.  The plankton tows will require the vessel to deploy at and maintain a steady speed of 4 knots.  The sampler will be lowered at a steady rate (6m/min) from the crane to within 5 m of the seabed or 200 m – whichever is shallower.  The sampler will then be recovered at the same speed.

Once aboard, plankton samples will be washed into the sampler net before being removed, fixed in formalin and scored for egg abundance.  Trawl samples will be taken at the discretion of the scientist-in-charge.  There should be a maximum of eight trawls for the whole survey, and will usually be taken at or adjacent to the shelf edge.  The precise length of each transect cannot be defined in advance as this survey uses an adaptive design, where sampling on a transect will continue until zero or very small numbers of eggs are found.

 

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Hydrographic Sampling with Scotia

Fri, 2019-04-19 10:16
MRV Scotia Programme

Survey: 0519S

Duration: 16-24 April 2019

Gear:

  • Sea-Bird Conductivity/Temperature/Depth (CTD) unit;
  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV);
  • PIES mooring;
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs);
  • Current meter instrumentation;
  • Water filtering equipment;
  • Mooring equipment; and
  • Chemistry sampling equipment.
Procedure

On sailing from Aberdeen MRV Scotia will make passage to the start (western end) of the AlterEco monitoring section to carry out sampling with the CTD unit and carousel water sampler along the section. On completion of that section, Scotia will head to the mooring position in the Moray Firth to recover an ADCP mooring deployed in an AL200 trawl-proof frame, download the data and proceed to the JONSIS section to carry out sampling with the CTD unit and carousel water sampler. Scotia will then recover an ADCP mooring on the Fair Isle – Munken (FIM) section (NWSE). Data will be downloaded and the mooring will then be re-deployed there.

Scotia will then make her way to the eastern start of the Nolso – Flugga (NOL) section and, depending on timings, either recover one ADCP mooring (NWEZ) along the way or start collecting long term monitoring samples and taking CTD profiles from the start of the section. At relevant locations along NOL mooring deployments will be carried out, with calibration CTD dips for instruments recovered from some of the moorings; overall, two ADCP moorings, one PIES mooring and a buoyancy glider (AUV) will be deployed.

After the NOL section, Scotia will head to the western (Faroe) side of the FIM section to carry out standard CTD and water sampling along that line. Once that work is completed and if time allows, Scotia will attempt to re-deploy in a different location in the Moray Firth the mooring recovered there at the start of the survey and then carry out additional work (listed among the survey objectives) along the JONSIS line, in the Moray Firth and/or Aberdeen Bay, prior to her return to Aberdeen. If the weather requires sheltering in Shetland and any point during the survey, we will aim to collect additional CTD and VMADCP data in suitable locations (e.g. Yell Sound).

Objectives:
  1. Perform hydrographic sampling along the AlterEco monitoring section in the northern North Sea.
  2. Recover and download an ADCP mooring deployed in a trawl-proof frame in the north of the Moray Firth.
  3. Perform hydrographic sampling along the JONSIS long term monitoring section in the northern North Sea.
  4. Recover, download and re-deploy one ADCP mooring at a position on Fair Isle – Munken (FIM/NWS) section.
  5. Perform hydrographic sampling along the long term monitoring Faroe-Shetland Channel Nolso – Flugga (NOL/NWE) section.
  6. Recover, download and re-deploy one ADCP mooring at a position on Faroe-Shetland Channel Nolso – Flugga section.
  7. Deploy a second ADCP mooring off the shelf at a position on Faroe-Shetland Channel Nolso – Flugga section, deploy a PIES mooring nearby and deploy a buoyancy glider (AUV) in the same area.
  8. Take water samples for long term storage on Fair Isle – Munken and/or Nolso – Flugga section stations.
  9. Perform hydrographic sampling along the long term monitoring Faroe-Shetland Channel Fair Isle – Munken (FIM/NWS) section.
  10. Run the thermosalinograph throughout the survey and VMADCP along hydrographic sections.
  11. Perform hydrographic sampling in the vicinity of a number of ADCP moorings in order to calibrate moored equipment: CTD dips at selected locations with equipment (SB56 NanoCAT and/or SB57 MicroCAT) attached to carousel.
  12. If sheltering in a suitable location around Shetland due to bad weather, conduct VMADCP/CTD work (e.g. Yell Sound).
  13. Re-deploy the ADCP mooring in a trawl-proof frame recovered earlier in the Moray Firth in a nearby location in that area.
  14. If weather/time permits, perform fine scale VMADCP/CTD survey work on the JONSIS line (around 59° 16.96′ N, 001° 15.26′ W).
  15. If weather/time permits, perform VMADCP/CTD survey work in the Moray Firth and/or Aberdeen Bay.
Mooring Positions (Recovery)

Moray Firth – 58° 18.47’ N 002° 58.54’ W
NWSE – 60° 16.30′ N 004° 20.77′ W
NWEZ – 61° 09.34′ N 002° 17.35′ W
NWEA – 61° 38.01′ N 004° 32.60′ W (lost)

Mooring Positions (Deployment)

Moray Firth – 58° 16.80’ N 002° 56.70’ W (*)
NWSE – 60° 16.29′ N 004° 20.78′ W on FIM
NWEZ – 61° 09.30′ N 002° 17.52′ W on NOL
NWEX – 61° 11.00′ N 002° 25.00′ W on NOL
PIES – 61° 11.00′ N 002° 25.00′ W on NOL (in practice, small offset from NWEX)

(*) final position may change by a little

Scientific Procedures

It is expected that deployments of hydrographic equipment will be carried out with the CTD crane whilst the vessel is on station. The plankton crane will be used for the deployment of ADCP moorings in trawl-proof frame (AL200) and the PIES mooring. Single-string ADCP mooring deployments will be done from the trawl deck. The AUV will be lowered into the water from the hanger deck.

Below: Position of hydrographic sections (small diamonds) and proposed position of new mooring deployments (small flags with name labels).

0519S Positon of hydrographic sections (small diamonds) and proposed position of new mooring deployments (small flags with name labels)

 

ALTERECO Line

0519S ALTERECO Line

JONSIS Line

Fair Isle – Munken (Amended for presence of Foinaven oil platform*)

Nolso-Flugga

0519S Nolso-Flugga

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Vacancy: Field Officer, Shieldaig, closing date: 14 May 2019

Thu, 2019-04-18 10:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Field Officer, within Marine Scotland Science, based in Shieldaig. 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 is within the Interactions Group within the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries programme which provides research and advice in support of Scottish government policies in relation to freshwater and migratory fish. The post is based at a field station in Shieldaig, Wester Ross. Specifically, the post holder will assist on projects supporting the management of freshwater fish in Scotland. These projects will investigate the interactions between migratory fish (salmon and sea trout) and human activity.

As part of the interactions team, the post holder will perform fieldwork, maintain equipment and collect data that contributes to our understanding of salmonid smolt migration and factors affecting numbers of returning fish. The post holder will also support the routine monitoring of eel populations.

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. Working knowledge of IT packages such as Outlook, Word and Excel.
  2. Ability and willingness to work outside, in varying weather conditions, at remote locations, while undertaking fieldwork duties.
  3. Willingness to handle live and/or dead fish.
Additional Information:

Due to the location of field sites not served by public transport, a full driving licence that enables the person to drive in the UK is required. However, consideration will be given to proposals put forward by applicants to carry out these duties by other means.

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 David Morris who can be reached at david.morris@gov.scot  or 0131 244 2098.

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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