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CE19005 Blue Whiting Acoustic Survey

The blue whiting acoustic survey is an annual survey that forms part of the assessment of the spawning stock biomass of blue whiting in the North East Atlantic Ocean. International partners on this survey include the Faroe Islands, Norway, the Netherlands and Russia.  Celtic Explorer transects will be led by Mr Ciaran O’Donnell of the Marine Institute and take place in the waters of the continental margin to the west and north of Ireland from the 26th of March to the 15th of April.  

This is a tremendous opportunity for graduates and post graduate students wishing to gain experience in marine data collection. Applications are invited from graduate and postgraduates wishing to develop a career in fisheries science. There may also be opportunities for the collection of hydrographic samples and data within the survey schedule.


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 every five years. 



The closing date for applications to join this survey is Wednesday  13th 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. 

An outline of the Marine Institute acoustic survey programme with links to recent survey reports can be accessed at this webpage.

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

Further enquiries should be directed to: