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Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS) 2018

These surveys are the third in a series began by the Marine Institute in 2016. The main purpose of the survey is to provide additional information for the assessment of the monkfish and megrim stocks around Ireland while also extending maturity sampling for other commercial species. 

 The survey will be composed of four legs as follows:

  • Leg 1:  19th to 27th February
  • Leg 2:  27th February to 8th of March
  • Leg 3:  9th to 19th of March
  • Leg 4:  10th to 20th April                  

Sampling will take place in waters to the west and north of Ireland with demersal trawl gear. The survey will operate on 24 hours basis with short tows carried out by two shifts of 5 scientists. The sampling protocol will focus on monkfish and megrim but information will also be collected from other commercial species and benthic invertebrates.  Students will be taught practical skills such as otolith removal and determination of sex and maturity and all data will be logged on the Electronic Data Capture system.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience in biological sampling and marine data collection. Applications are invited from graduate and post graduate students from HEIs throughout the Island of Ireland wishing to develop a career in fisheries science. Opportunities may also arise for the collection of hydrographic samples and data within the survey schedule.


To be considered to take part in this survey applicants should be able to demonstrate significant seagoing experience and be in possession of a current ENG 11 medical certificate and  have undergone personal survival techniques training (PST STCW 95) within the last five years. 


It is anticipated there will be space for two students on each leg following similar arrangements to those for the annual Irish Ground Fish Survey.

The closing date for Applications for legs 1-3 is Wednesday the 24th of January.

The closing date for Applications for leg 4 is Wednesday the 14th of February.

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

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 at this link.

The 2017 blog for TTRS participants in IAMS 2017 may be accessed here.

More information on Marine Institute fishery surveys can be found here. 

Further enquiries should be directed to: