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Nephrops UWTV 2020 Surveys

These UWTV surveys on the RV Celtic Voyager will be led by experienced scientists from Fishery Ecosystem Advisory Services at the Marine Institute. The survey objectives are to provide abundance and density estimates for Nephrops (Nephrops norvegicus) on the most important fishing grounds around Ireland. Survey data will include UWTV footage, oceanographic (CTD), acoustic seabed characterisation, and other ecosystem data.

This is a great opportunity to gain experience in biological sampling and marine data collection. Applications are invited from graduates and post graduate students wishing to develop expertise in fisheries biology and modelling, benthic biology and associated data collection topics.

Two bursaries are offered on these surveys as follows:

  • CV20017 Celtic Sea 1 Nephrops UWTV Survey: 9 to 19 July. Estimated value of bursary: €855
  • CV20019 Celtic Sea 2 Nephrops UWTV Survey: 8 to 18 August. Estimated value of bursary: €760


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 must have obtained within the last five years.

Information on obtaining these certificates and vessel user checklists are available at the Marine Institute's Vessel User Information Webpage.


To apply to join this or other currently available  bursary surveys please visit this link. The closing date for applications to join these surveys are Thursday the 30th of April.

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

Operating ports for this surveys will be finalised closer to mobilisation.

The cruise report for the 2019 UWTV survey of the Smalls grounds in the Celtic Sea can be accessed here.

For further information about this accredited bursary opportunities please email