North West Herring Acoustic Survey CE16008/09

Mr Ciaran O'Donnell will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute along a series of  acoustic transects deploying a pelagic trawl to ground truth acoustic traces of herring and other pelagic species.  Other sampling opportunities will exist through the vessel’s underway system and regular CTD deployments. This survey will take place over two legs and forms part of a time series used to provide biomass estimates and improve the resolution of herring stock assessments in ICES areas VIIB and VIA and informs the assessment of herring stocks by ICES expert groups.

Embarkation and disembarkation on the first leg of this survey will be from Galway on the 16th and 29th of June respectively.

Embarkation on the second leg will be from Galway on the 3rd of July with disembarkation at either Cork or Galway on the 9th of July. 

This 21 day multidisciplinary survey carried out over two legs  will appeal to a postgraduate or advanced undergraduate student with a confirmed interest in one or more of the following themes: fisheries acoustics and biology, and marine mega fauna including cetaceans and seabirds. It forms one of a number of annual fisheries acoustic operated annually by Fisheries Advisory Services of the Marine Institute.  Proposals for data collection that can be accommodated within survey operations are welcome. The 2014 survey report can be downloaded here.

To apply to join one or both legs of this survey please follow this link

Please note that applicants should be in possession of a ENG11 medical certificate and a certificate in Personal Survival Techniques (STCW95). We would urge all applicants to familiarise themselves with the Celtic Explorer Vessel User Guidelines and Survey Checklist at this link.

The closing date for applications for this survey is Friday 15th of April.

Training Through Research Surveys is a training and mentoring programme and no remuneration is offered for participation in the surveys.  Participants are liable for their own travel and accommodation costs to and from ports of embarkation and disembarkation.

Participation in TTRS  surveys are with the agreement of the chief scientist.