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CE20013 Irish Ground Fish Survey 2020

The Irish Groundfish Survey is an internationally coordinated demersal trawl survey that takes place over 4 Legs of between 10 and 15 days duration. Timing is between October and December each year around the Atlantic shelf waters of Ireland. The main objectives of the Irish Groundfish Survey are to provide a relative index of abundance for commercially exploited demersal fish stocks around Ireland. The survey also collects data on non-commercial fish, elasmobranch, cephalopod and invertebrate species; oceanographic data; litter data; and additional international research sample requests where possible.

The IGFS is an excellent opportunity for graduates and postgraduate students who wish to develop field skills in biological data collection and gain experience in offshore survey operations.
Two bursaries are offered on each leg of the survey. Survey legs are as follows:

  • CE20013 Irish Ground Fish Survey 2020 Leg 1: 25 October to 5 November. Estimated value of bursary: €1045
  • CE20013 Irish Ground Fish Survey 2020 Leg 2: 5 to 15 November. Estimated value of bursary: €1045
  • CE20013 Irish Ground Fish Survey 2020 Leg 3: 15 to 25 November. Estimated value of bursary: €1045
  • CE20013 Irish Ground Fish Survey 2020 Leg 4: 26 November to 10 December. Estimated value of bursary: €1425

Please note in this instance survey legs are indicative and may be subject to adjustment closer to the start of the survey.

Requirements
To be considered eligible to take part in this survey applicants should be able to demonstrate 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.
Information on obtaining medical and sea-survival certificates is available on the Marine Institute’s Vessel Users Guidelines page.

Applications
The closing date for applications for this survey is 17:00 on Friday 26th of June.
Applications to join this and other Research Vessel Bursaries surveys are at this link.
 

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

Further Information
Participation in Bursary Surveys are with the agreement of the chief scientist.
More information on the operations of the ground fish survey can be found at the Marine Institute’s Irish Groundfish Survey webpage.                                                                                                                                        The 2019 report of the bottom trawl coordinating group can be accessed at this link.
Further enquiries should be directed to: smart@gmit.ie