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CE20004 & CE20006 Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey

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

The survey will operate on 24 hours basis with short tows carried out by two shifts of up to 5 scientists. The sampling protocol will focus on monkfish and megrim but information will also be collected from other commercial species and benthic invertebrates.  Participants will develop practical and organisational skills in all aspects of biological sampling, data recording, screening and storage, and survey operations.

The 2020 survey will be composed of three legs as follows:

  • Leg 1:  From 23 February to 6 March.  2 Bursaries. Estimated value of Bursary: €1140
  • Leg 2:  From 6 to 18 March. 2 Bursaries. Estimated value of Bursary: €1140
  • Leg 3:  From 11 to 20 April. 2 Bursaries. Estimated value of Bursary: €855

The closing date for Applications for legs 1and 2 is Wednesday the 5th  of February.

The closing date for Applications for leg 3 is Wedneday the 12th of February.

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.

Requirements

To be considered 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  have undergone personal survival techniques training (PST STCW 95) within the last five years.

Applications

The application form to join this and other research vessel bursary 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

Read the 2018 Irish Angler Fish and Megrim Survey report at this link.  Further enquiries should be directed to: smart@gmit.ie.  Participation in TTRS surveys are with the agreement of the chief scientist.

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