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CE21002 & CE21005: Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey

This survey is the sixth 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 and to extend maturity sampling for other commercial species.  Sampling will take place in waters to the west and north of Ireland with demersal trawl gear.

Sampling protocols will focus on collecting biometric data for monkfish and megrim and other commercial species and benthic invertebrates.  Participants will develop practical and organisational skills in all aspects of biological sampling, data recording, screening, saving and survey operations.

The 2021 survey legs are:

  • Leg 2:  From 20th February to 4th March. 
  • Leg 3:  From 10th  to 24th of April.  

The closing date for Applications for leg 1 is Tuesday the 2nd of February.

The closing date for applications for leg 2 is Wednesday 3rd of March.

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.


  • Significant seagoing experience
  • Current ENG 11 medical certificate (Leg 1 after 4th March 2019, Leg 2 after 24th April 2019)
  • Current PST STCW 95 or equivalent (Leg 1 after 4th March 2017, Leg 2 after 24th April 2017)
  • Capacity to adhere to level 5 COVID 19 for fourteen days prior to survey
  • COVID 19 negative test result


Applications can be submitted online here.

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

2018 Irish Angler Fish and Megrim Survey  cruise report.

Vessel user information including medical and sea-survival certificates are at this link.

Further enquiries should be addressed to