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CE18009-010 Western European Shelf Pelagic Acoustic Survey (WESPAS)

This survey will take place over two legs and forms part of a time series used to provide biomass estimates of herring and boar fish stocks in ICES areas VIIB and VIA and inform stock assessments by ICES expert groups. Mr Ciaran O'Donnell will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute  on survey transects deploying a pelagic trawl to ground truth echo traces of herring, boar fish and other pelagic species.  The survey will take place over two legs as follows:

Leg 1: 9th to 28th of June

Leg 2: 3rd to 24th of July

WESPAS is an excellent opportunity for graduates and postgraduate students who wish to develop careers in fisheries biology and acoustics.  Proposals for data collection for oceanographic, cetacean and seabird research that can be accommodated within survey operations are welcome. WESPAS forms one of a number of annual fisheries acoustic operated annually by Fisheries Advisory Services of the Marine Institute. 


To be considered eligible to take part in this survey applicants should be able to demonstrate seagoing experience and be in possession of a current ENG 11 medical certificate and a personal survival techniques training (PST STCW 95) certificate.  Eng11 Medical certificates must be renewed every two years and PST certification every five years.


The closing date for applications for this survey is Wednesday 2nd of May.  

Applications to join this and other TTRS surveys are at this link.

Survey Data

The data collected during the survey is the intellectual property of the survey organisers. TTRS participants are obliged to comply with survey data privacy and protection as set out by the Chief Scientist.   

Further Information

TTRS is primarily training and mentoring programme. Successful applicants are liable for travel and accommodation costs incurred in joining surveys.

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

Information on obtaining medical and sea-survival certificates and vessel user guidelines for national research vessels are available here.

WESPAS cruise reports are available here

Further enquiries should be directed to: