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Update on Royal Hospital for Children and Young People

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-07-04 16:17

Halt of scheduled move to new site.

Testing at school campus

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-07-04 12:15

Review team progress at Coatbridge site.

“Urgent need” for intergovernmental reform

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-07-04 11:31

Devolved administrations write to UK Government on review of relations.

Charity law consultation responses published

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2019-07-03 14:17

Majority of respondents support changes to legislation.

Creating a fairer social security system

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2019-07-03 12:40

People with lived experience to have their say.

Support for emergency responders

Marine Scotland News list - Wed, 2019-07-03 10:00

Wellbeing and resilience programme extended to emergency services.

Vacancy: Motorman 1, closing date 30 July

Marine Scotland Blog - Tue, 2019-07-02 13:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Motorman within Marine Scotland based on board one of our Marine Patrol or Marine Research Vessels. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Marine Patrol Vessels are Minna, Jura and Hirta. These vessels carry out patrols which normally last 21 days. The Research Vessels are Alba Na Mara and Scotia. Research cruises vary in length but generally are no more than 22 days. All vessels are double manned, and the work pattern is normally trip on/trip off basis.

 

Qualifications Required:

  • Engine Room Watch Rating Certificate of Competency
  • All STCW qualifications
  • Valid ENG 1 (Unrestricted)
  • Security Duties Certificate

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. Experience in maintaining a high level of cleanliness in the engine room and external compartments.
  2. Familiarity with all engine room machinery and the daily checks required to maintain them in a safe and serviceable condition.
  3. Experience of working within a close knit engineering team, assisting with engineering tasks as required to ensure safe and efficient running of the engine room.
  4. Experience with assisting in bunkering fuel and lube oils, demonstrating an appreciation of the lSM system and appropriate anti pollution measures.

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, Jim Cahill on 0131 244 3319 or by email  jim.cahill@gov.scot.

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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Mackerel and Horse Mackerel Egg Survey

Marine Scotland Blog - Tue, 2019-07-02 10:00

MFV Altaire
Survey 0319H Programme

 

Duration: 1-23 July 2019

 

Fishing/Sampling Gear: Gulf VII plankton sampler, vessels own pelagic trawl.

 

Objectives:

  1. To carry out mackerel and horse mackerel egg survey (ICES Triennial Survey) within sampling Period 7 of the 2016 MEGS survey plan along the NE Atlantic shelf and slope in the area from approximately 47o N to 58o30N (see Figure 1).

 

  1. To collect adult fish samples, by trawling, for atresia and fecundity analysis back at the laboratory.

 

Procedures:

The vessel will be loaded from Ullapool late on the morning of 1 July and during the afternoon will proceed down through the Minch towards the first plankton stations west of Barra Head at 56o45N in time for early morning on 2 July.  Ideally, plankton stations will be taken west along the line until zero eggs are found and from there the vessel will continue surveying to the south.  This Period 7 survey represents the final survey in the 2019 schedule and will attempt to cover the whole of the spawning area for both mackerel and horse mackerel.  This is an extremely challenging task and as such the main priority will be to ensure that the remaining concentrations of spawning are sampled adequately.  Its extent will, therefore, be largely determined by the observed findings of the three vessels surveying in Period 6.  Figure 1 represents the area surveyed during this temporal period in 2016 and is likely to reflect pretty closely the area that will be covered during the forthcoming survey although just to reiterate the actual extent (longitudinal as well as latitudinal) will be dictated by the results received from the previous survey period that is currently being undertaken. Once these have been received a definite survey plan will be drafted that will aim to capture the bulk of any remaining spawning activity and within the time allocated to MSS for this survey.  Due to the size of the area latitudinal transect spacing will almost certainly be at 1o intervals with stations being sampled at 30′ intervals on the E/W transects normally at the 15’ and 45’.  Plankton stations will be taken using the Gulf VII sampler with mounted CTD which will record salinity and temperature during the tow.  The plankton stations will require the vessel to deploy the sampler at and maintain a speed of four knots.  The sampler will then be lowered at a steady rate (6m/min) from the plankton 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 from the sampler net, 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 ten trawls for the whole survey, and will usually be taken on the continental shelf or near the shelf edge.

 

After completing the southernmost transects of the survey area Altaire will put in for a mid-survey break most likely in either Cork or Falmouth around 13/14 July.  Altaire will then proceed north and west to complete the remaining survey transects before returning to Ullapool for unloading on the morning of 23 July 2019.  All of the sampling gear as well as the samplers, sampling container and wire for deploying the sampler will also be unloaded and returned back to Aberdeen.

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Teenage pregnancy rate at 25-year low

Marine Scotland News list - Tue, 2019-07-02 09:30

Fall for tenth consecutive year.

School holiday meals for children

Marine Scotland News list - Mon, 2019-07-01 14:48

Funding for food and activities during the summer break.

Promoting Scotland-China relations

Marine Scotland News list - Sun, 2019-06-30 00:01

Trade and Investment Minister to visit China.

Improvements to psychosis services

Marine Scotland News list - Sun, 2019-06-30 00:01

New proposals for the early treatment of psychosis.

Nephrops Burrowing Complexes; Part Two

Marine Scotland Blog - Fri, 2019-06-28 14:33

The Nephrops TV survey continued through the South Minch without any issues and experienced some impressive sunsets. Due to a poor weather forecast, the vessel made way for Stanton Bank a little earlier than originally planned and recovered/deployed a COMPASS mooring in the south of the region (which had an even larger squid cluster than the earlier mooring!), before heading north and completing a number of TV stations and a trawl, the first at Stanton since 2007.

A long steam east to Ardnamurchan then followed, accompanied by a number of minke whales, then on to Garvellachs to recover another COMPASS mooring.

All went well and this work was followed by a journey through the Sound of Islay and into the Sound of Jura where all the TV stations and a trawl were completed without any problems. As with earlier trawls, DNA samples were taken from the skate caught in the trawl along with photographs of their intricate eyes (see main picture). As well as all the biological measurements taken from the Nephrops, they were also lined up on the fish house conveyor belt and filmed as they passed under the Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) cameras, providing data to calibrate the carapace lengths derived by algorithms on the REM system and the measurements taken by the scientists on board (see attached photograph).

The vessel then headed around to the southerly stations in the Clyde.

Normally this area is only surveyed at the weekend when the trawlers remain in port and creel vessels are active, resulting in less disturbance of the seabed and better visibility to carry out the survey. But due to the weather and the timing of the half landing, the TV work had to be carried out on a Thursday. Despite this, the water clarity was surprisingly good in the south and up through the Kilbranan Sound, although it did deteriorate on the east side of Arran – so a trawl was carried out before heading for a very wet half landing in Belfast.

Once the vessel returned to sea, the remaining stations in the Clyde were completed before trawling off Ailsa Craig and then heading to the TV stations around the small isles, south of Skye, where the vessel remained for a further day before heading back to the North Minch to complete the stations around Raasay and off the mainland and recovering the last COMPASS mooring of Stoer Head.

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Ensuring high-quality restorative justice

Marine Scotland News list - Fri, 2019-06-28 08:30

£300,000 to drive delivery of consistent services by 2023.

Statement from the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales

Marine Scotland News list - Fri, 2019-06-28 00:01

Joint call to UK Government ahead of British Irish Council.

Replacement of Monklands Hospital

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-06-27 14:13

Independent review report published.

Future of St Peter's Seminary

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-06-27 14:03

Partnership working proposed to protect A-listed building.

Improved energy efficiency standards reducing bills

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-06-27 11:04

Social landlords lead the way.

Vacancy: Electronic Technician: closing date 23 July

Marine Scotland Blog - Thu, 2019-06-27 11:00

We are currently seeking applications for an Electronic Technician within the Directorate for 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 Science (MSS) plays an important part in supporting Marine Scotland’s stated commitment to Managing Scotland’s Seas for Prosperity and Environmental Sustainability. This vacancy is in the Engineering Group of the Business Operations programme. This group aims to provide innovative science and sound advice to managers and stakeholders which leads to sustainable sea fisheries and enhances the potential for economic growth.

 

Qualifications Required:

Electrical or Electronic Engineering Qualification.

 

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. Proven skills in the assembly, testing and fault-finding of electronic circuit boards and instrumentation, including the ability to solder.
  2. Computer literacy and numerical facility, with a working knowledge of software packages such as Excel and Word.
  3. Excellent team-working skills, with the capacity to work independently both in the laboratory and at sea.
  4. Proven ability to work in multidisciplinary teams with other engineers/scientists on research and / or commercial vessels.

Further Information:

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Neil Collie who can be reached at neil.collie@gov.scot or 0131 244 3669 or Jim Hunter on 0131 244 3385 or jim.hunter@gov.scot.

 

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact HR Resourcing on 0131 244 5800 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

 

Further information for this job:

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Modernising legal aid

Marine Scotland News list - Thu, 2019-06-27 07:00

Views sought on developing user-centred system.

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