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TTRS 2017 Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey

Mr Ciaran O’Donnell of the Marine Institute will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute along a series of  acoustic transects deploying a pelagic trawl to ground truth acoustic traces of herring and other pelagic species from the 7TH to 27th of November.  Other sampling opportunities will exist through the vessel’s underway system and regular CTD deployments. This survey forms part of a time series used to provide biomass estimates and tune stock assessments of herring in the Celtic Sea.

Successful candidates will be advised of ports of embarkation and disembarkation closer to the dates of the survey with either Galway or Cork most likely to be  utilised.

This 21 day multidisciplinary survey will appeal to a postgraduate or advanced undergraduate student with a confirmed interest in in fisheries science, fisheries acoustics and/or oceanography.  Proposals for data collection that can be accommodated within survey operations are welcome.


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 must have obtained within the last five years.

Applications and further Information

To apply for this or other TTRS surveys please visit this link.

The closing date for applications for this survey is Friday the 14th of April.

Ports for this survey will announced closer to mobilisation but will be Cork and/or Galway

For more information on the Marine Institute acoustic survey programme and survey reports please visit this link.

Further enquiries to: