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Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2019-05-14 10:30

East of Huntly to Aberdeen design updates

MarPAMM Project

Marine Scotland Blog - 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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Addressing body image

Marine Scotland News list - Sat, 2019-05-11 11:30

Group to examine impact on mental health.

Strengthening NHS workplace culture

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-05-09 19:04

Response to Sturrock Review on NHS Highland.

Vulnerable Witnesses Bill passed

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-05-09 17:05

Milestone to improve the experiences of child witnesses.

Rail Freight fund announced

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-05-09 13:45

£25m available to strengthen rail freight in Scotland 

Demersal Trawling in ICES Area IVb

Marine Scotland Blog - 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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Provisional Scottish sea fisheries statistics 2018

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-05-09 09:30

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland

Benefits assessment service design underway

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-05-09 00:01

Contract awarded to support design of social security assessments.

Vacancy: Electronic Engineer, closing date 4 June 2019

Marine Scotland Blog - 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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Deposit Return Scheme

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2019-05-08 14:10

Ambitious scheme design takes shape.

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