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Mackerel Egg Survey 2022

An opportunity to participate in the Marine Institute’s Mackerel and Horse Mackerel egg survey from west of the Shannon to the Bay of Biscay is being offered through SMART’s Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) scheme.  This survey will take place over two legs between March and July.

Brendan O’Hea will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute along a series of transects deploying a Gulf V11 plankton sampler and pelagic trawl to sample eggs, larvae and mackerel in the water column.  CTD data will be collected by a sensor mounted on the Gulf VII.  This survey will appeal to postgraduate students with a research interest in themes associated with fisheries biology, biological oceanography and marine megafauna.

Survey Legs

  • CE22005 Mackerel Egg Survey Leg 1: 2nd to the 22nd March.  
  • Corystes Mackerel Egg Survey 2022 Leg 2:  3rd to 23rd of June.  


A current ENG II medical certificate.

A current personal survival techniques training(PST STCW 95) certificate. 

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


The closing dates for applications to join the Mackerel Egg Survey are Friday  21st of January for leg 1 and Friday 29th of April for Leg 2.

Applications to join this and other bursaries are at this link.

Survey Data

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

Further Information

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

An outline of the Marine Institute Egg and Larval Surveys with links to recent survey reports can be accessed at this webpage.

Further enquiries should be directed to: