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WESPAS CE19010: Western Edge Small Pelagic Acoustic Survey (WESPAS)

This survey will take place over two legs and forms part of a time series used to provide biomass estimates of herring and boar fish stocks in ICES areas VIIB and VIA and inform stock assessments by ICES expert groups. Mr Ciaran O'Donnell will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute  on survey transects deploying a pelagic trawl to ground truth echo traces of herring, boar fish and other pelagic species. 

WESPAS is an excellent opportunity for graduates and postgraduate students who wish to develop field skills and careers in fisheries science, marine mammal and seabird data collection.  The survey will take place over two legs as follows:

  • Leg 1: 13th of June to the 4th of July.  Embarking from Falmouth and disembarking at Cork                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
  • Leg 2: 4th to 24th of July. Embarking from Cork and disembarking at Galway. 


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.


The closing date for applications for these surveys is 17:00 on Friday the 10th of May.

Applications to join this and other available TTRS 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

TTRS is primarily a training and mentoring programme. Successful applicants are liable for travel and accommodation costs incurred in joining surveys.

Participation in TTRS surveys is 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 here.

WESPAS cruise reports are available here.

Further enquiries should be directed to: