CE17003 Irish Anglerfish and Megrim trawl survey

The closing date for applications to join these survey legs has passed and all places have been filled.

Applications remain open until the 10th February for the blue whiting acoustic survey and the 14th April for all other 2017 TTRS surveys.

The Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey 2017 will be led by Dr Eoghan Kelly of FEAS at the Marine Institute with the objective of  increasing the resolution of  the assessment of angler fish (Lophius species) and megrim stocks around Ireland while also providing an opportunity to improve  maturity sampling for other commercial species.

The survey will be composed of four 10 day legs running from:

  1. 14th February to 23rd  February
  2. 24th February to 6th March
  3. 7th to 17th March
  4. 8th to 17th April

Legs 1 and 2 will involve fishing with a monkfish bottom trawl in ICES area 7 along the edge of the continental slope to the west and southwest of Ireland; leg 3 will be in the western Celtic Sea using a beam trawl and leg 4 will be in ICES area 6a (North of Ireland) using the monkfish trawl. There will be space for up to two students on each leg.

The survey will operate 24 hours per day with ½ hour or 1-hour tows carried out by two shifts of 5 scientists (with a minimum of 2 experienced MI scientists on each shift). The sampling protocol will focus on monkfish and megrim but we will also collect information from other commercial species. On the beam trawl leg of the survey, benthic invertebrates will also be sampled. Practical skills such as otolith removal and determination of sex and maturity will be introduced and the Electronic Data Capture system will be used to record all biological information.

The part of the survey using the monkfish gear links with the Scottish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey in ICES areas 4 and 6. The beam trawl part of the survey extends the CEFAS Endeavour Q2 Beam Trawl Survey westwards into ICES area 7j.  

Requirements

To be considered eligible 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 a personal survival techniques training (PST STCW 95) certificate.  Eng11 Medical certificates must be renewed every two years and PST certification must have obtained within the last five years.

Applications and further Information

To apply to join this or other TTRS surveys please visit this link.

The closing date for applications to join these surveys are Friday the 27th of January.

Additional information on Marine Institute fishery surveys and cruise reports can be accessed here.

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

Further enquiries to: smart@gmit.ie