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C16009 Boarfish Acoustic Survey

The Boarfish Acoustic Survey is the latest in a series of hydro- acoustic fisheries surveys dedicated by the Marine Institute to determine the biomass and abundance of small pelagic fish in Irish waters. Over the last two decades boarfish (Capros aper)  have become increasingly available in Irish waters and now constitute an important resource to the Irish pelagic fishing fleet.  Mr Ciaran O'Donnell will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute along a series of  acoustic transects to investigate the status of this species in Irish waters and to contribute important data sets to the ICES expert groups charged with their assessment. 

This survey will take place over three weeks from the 10th to 30th of July in waters to the west and south of Ireland.  A report from the 2014 survey can be accessed here and will provide applicants with a detailed account of activities and methodologies used on the survey.

To join this survey you should be an advanced undergraduate or postgraduate student of a marine related science with a strong interest in fisheries biology and fisheries science. Students or researchers with an interest in marine megafauna (cetaceans and seabirds) should also consider this survey as an opportunity for mentoring and training in observation and data collection.

To join this survey please follow this link.  The closing date for applications for this survey is Friday 15th of April.

Please note that applicants should be in possession of an ENG11 medical certificate and a certificate in Personal Survival Techniques (STCW95). We would urge all applicants to familiarise themselves with the Celtic Explorer Vessel User Guidelines and Survey Checklist at this link.

TTRS is a training and mentorship programme and participation is not subject to remuneration. Participants are liable for their own transport and accommodation costs at departure and landing ports.  Participation in TTRS research surveys are with the agreement of the survey Chief Scientist.