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Call Closed: Applied Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection Module 2013


Call Closed: Applied Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection CPD 2013


This module provides training in the collection of biological samples and data for postgraduate students, researchers and marine industry professionals.  Four days of shiptime divided between Cork and the Shannon Estuary on the Celtic Voyager and Celtic Mist are supported by three days of intensive laboratory practicals and lectures in GMIT. Online resources and distance mentored learning prepare students for shiptime data collection and report submission.  The module is accredited at 5 ECTs at NFQ level 9.   Data and sample collections skills and methodologies addressed include:

  • Applications of Applied Biological sampling and Data Collection
  • Sampling campaign, design and planning
  • Marine sampling and data collection platforms
  • Discard and Bycatch legislative and operational drivers
  • Fisheries catch, bycatch and discard ID, sampling and recording
  • Marine megafauna ID, surveying methodologies and identification
  • Acoustic surveying methodologies
  • Effects of marine industries on marine fauna and ecosystems

Places are limited to 20 and will be filled on a first come first serve basis with applications evaluated on the basis of a relevant honours undergraduate degree, MSC/PhD programme , research interest,  or significant professional experience.  For a module description, instructor biographies and module poster please go to :  Applications can be submitted through:

For further information please contact:


Advanced marine technologies course delivered onboard the RV Celtic Voyager

A two-day practical offshore course in advanced marine technologies was recently delivered onboard the national research vessel RV Celtic Voyager to postgraduate students from the International SmartOcean Graduate Enterprise Initiative (ISGEI). The course focussed on Sensors, Moorings and other autonomous marine monitoring systems and examined biological, chemical, acoustic and visual sensing, biofouling of sensors, communications and telemetry and sensor calibration.

This innovative pilot training course was developed and delivered by Dublin City University and the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) based in Galway-Mayo institute of Technology, in association with NUI Galway and Smart Bay Ireland and with ship-time provided by the Marine Institute.

According to Prof. Fiona Regan of DCU “Practical offshore courses enhance the skills base of the International Smart Ocean Graduates.  We need to build capacity in this area and the SMART programme offers fantastic training opportunities for our researchers.”

The practical considerations when deploying a sensor platform was also explored, in particular site assessment, determination of local hydrographic conditions, deployment and recovery of mornings and in situ maintenance. Other elements essential to working in an offshore environment were examined including navigation, safety at sea, and the risk assessment of operations at sea.

James Kelly of Tyndall National Institute is an ISGEI student and took part in the training: “The most valuable part of the training for me would be related to the sensor work and the information on biofouling, and as I am an electrical engineer, that is what I had hoped to get from the training”.

SMART Coordinator Dr Pauhla McGrane stressed the collaborative effort involved in the development and delivery of the course stating “The ISGEI Sensors and Moorings course shows what can be achieved through effective collaboration of research and industry with the pooling of expertise and infrastructure to deliver innovative, novel training essential to the career development of emerging marine scientists and technicians”.

The training was carried out under the Sea Change strategy with the support of the Marine Institute and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007–2013. 


Call Closed: Galway-Newfoundland Atlantic Transects

Marine Institute, Ireland and Memorial University, Newfoundland

An exciting opportunity exists for a postgraduate student with relevant sea-going experience to participate in data collection on the Atlantic transits of the RV Celtic Explorer to and from St. John’s, Newfoundland. The Celtic Explorer will travel to St. John’s, Canada, for the annual acoustic fisheries survey for the Centre for Fisheries and Ecosystem research of the Marine Institute of Memorial University, Newfoundland, which is led by Dr. George Rose. The survey will focus on cod and capelin research using acoustic sampling techniques.

The outward transit will leave Galway on the 15th April and is scheduled to arrive in St. John’s on the 24th April 2013.  Survey activities on the outward transit (Leg 1) will focus on XBT and CTD deployments, Acoustic surveying and associated trawling, marine mammal and megafauna observations and the deployment of a deep water lander west of the Porcupine Bank. 

The return transit (Leg 3) will leave St. John’s on the 22nd May and finishes in Galway on the 29th of May.  Data collection will be restricted to marine mammal and megafauna observations and data/water sample collection from the vessels underway system.  

Interested postgraduate researchers should apply by sending a letter of application outlining their interest, potential research activities and sea going experience and a copy of their CV to This call will close on Wednesday 20th March at 17:00hrs.

Please note applicants must have valid ENG 11 medical certification, STCW 95 Personal Survival Techniques (PST) certification and a valid passport. Successful applicants are expected to arrange and fund their own travel and accommodation arrangements.

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us on For information and images of the 2011 RV Celtic Explorer survey in Newfoundland please visit


Call Closed:Training Through Research Survey's (TTRS) Mackerel Egg Survey

Training Through Research Surveys Opportunity on Marine Institute Mackerel Egg Survey.

An opportunity to participate in the Marine Institute’s Mackerel and Horse Mackerel egg survey from the Bay of Biscay to the south coast of Ireland is being offered as part of SMART’s Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) scheme. Mr Brendan O’Hea will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute along a series of transects deploying a Gulf V11 plankton sampler and pelagic trawl to sample eggs, larvae and mackerel in the water column. 

The RV Celtic Explorer will leave Cork on the 18th of February and the survey will end on the 10th of March

At 21 days in length this survey is an opportunity for postgraduate students with a confirmed interest in fisheries biology and zooplankton.  Consideration will also be given to cetacean and megafauna biologists with a well defined data collection agenda.  

Applicants must have PST Sea-survival certification (STCW95), an up to date ENG11 medical certificate and a valid passport. This call closes on Friday 8th February 2012 at 1pm.

To apply please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in participation and sea going experience to

Please note that travel and accommodation expenses will be funded through SMART.


The Training through Research Surveys Scheme (TTRS) is facilitated by the Marine Institute and coordinated by the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART) with agreement of the survey Chief Scientist. Shiptime is provided under the Marine Institute's Sea Change competitive grant-aided shiptime awards, funded under the Marine Research Sub-Programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2013.