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2014 Survey Blogs

Current - Transatlantic Survey

12th April to 24th April 2014

Keep up to date with the blog from the RV Celtic Explorer as it heads for Newfoundland and Labrador, on its fourth multi-institution transatlantic survey. The 13 day expedition across the Atlantic to St Johns, Newfoundland will involve four scientists from NUI Galway, as well as students from UCC and GMIT. A team of six of the scientists lead by Dr. George Rose from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, Newfoundland, will work alongside nine Irish scientists during the voyage.

 

CE14005 Blue Whiting Acoustic Survey

22nd March to 11th April 2014

Check out the latest from Ciaran O'Donnell and his team, including some great photos of dolphins spotted along the way. The survey is collecting acoustic data on blue whiting spawning aggregations and biological samples to determine the age structure and maturity state of survey stock and thus determine an age stratified estimate of relative abundance of blue whiting.

Earlier - CE14003 GATEWAYS II

22/02/2014 to 05/03/2014

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This survey will collect cores from and seismic imaging data of the sediments and landforms deposited in an important marginal zone of the last British Irish Ice Sheet (BIIS).  

2013 Survey Blogs

 Northwest Herring Acoustic Survey Blog

22nd June - 12th July 2013 

Tommy Torrades will be blogging from the Celtic Explorer with updates about this years North-West Herring Acoustic Survey.  The aim of the survey is to estimate the abundance and biomass of herring off the North West of Ireland and West of Scotland (ICES divisions VIIb, Via South and Via North) using acoustic survey techniques. The survey is conducted yearly by the Fisheries Ecosystems Advisory Services of the Marine Institute.

ScientistsatSea: Biodiscovery and Ecosystem Function of Canyons

30th May - 21st June 2013

Using the Marine Institute's ROV Holland I, a team of scientists led by Dr. Louise Allcock, NUI Galway explore a 15 mile stretch of sea floor along the continental shelf that drops down from about 400 m depth to 3000 m depth into the Rockall Trough.  The ROV is deployed from the RV Celtic Explorer.  This survey received funding under the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2013.

ScientistsatSea: CFER 2013 Acoustic Fisheries Survey

16th April - 29th May 2013

An acoustic fisheries survey investigating Cod stock levels in the Labrador and Newfoundland seas.  Led by the Centre for Fisheries and Ecosystem Research of the Marine Institute of Memorial University, Newfoundland.  The survey will also conduct oceanographic work and cetacean observations during the translantic crossing on the RV Celtic Explorer.

Cetaceans on the Frontier IV Blog

21st January - 4th February 2013

A multi-disciplinary survey on the RV Celtic Explorer led by the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology.  This survey has received funding under the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2013. 

ScientistsatSea: Oceanography and Climate Change Survey

5th - 19th January 2013

Rosemarie Butler, who is a stagiaire working in Research Vessel Operations section of the Marine Institute will be on board the RV Celtic Explorer for the duration of the annual oceanographic survey. Rosemarie will provide a blog about the activities on the research vessel from the perspective of a recent graduate working in the Marine Sector.

 

 

2012 Survey Blogs



ScientistsatSea: SMART Science at Sea Training Survey

9th - 10th November 2012

Cian Ryan, an Engineering Student from Cork Institute of Technology writes about his experiences during SMART Science at Sea Training Survey on board the RV Celtic Voyager . This survey received funding under the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2013.



ScientistsatSea: Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey

9th - 19th October 2012

Aimee Black, who is a stagiaire working with Fisheries Ecosystem Advisory Services of the Marine Institute will be on board the RV Celtic Explorer for the first leg of the Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey. Aimee will provide a blog about the activities on the research vessel from the perspective of a recent graduate working in the Marine Sector.



ScientistsatSea: CFER 2012 Acoustic Fisheries Survey

30th April - 2nd June 2012

An acoustic fisheries survey investigating Cod stock levels in Newfoundland waters. Led by the Centre for Fisheries and Ecosystem Research of the Marine Institute of Memorial University, Newfoundland, the survey will also conduct oceanographic work and cetacean observations during the transatlantic crossing on the RV Celtic Explorer .

ScientistsatSea: Biodiscovery and Ecosystem Survey of the Whittard Canyons

13th April - 29th April 2012

A team of scientists led by Dr. Louise Allcock, NUI Galway investigate biodiversity and survey the ecosystem onboard the RV Celtic Explorer. The Marine Institute's ROV will be used to explore the canyon system to depths of 3000m. This survey received funding under the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2013.

ScientistsatSea: 2012 Blue Whiting Acoustic Survey Blog

22nd March - 11th April 2012

A Marine Institute led fisheries acoustic survey on the RV Celtic Explorer which investigates Blue Whiting stocks . The survey is an annual co-ordinated, international survey with the Netherlands, the Faroe Islands, Norway and Russia also participating.

Cetaceans on the Frontier III Blog

24th February - 5th March 2012

A multi-disciplinary survey on the RV Celtic Explorer led by the Galway Mayo Institute of Technology. This survey received funding under the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2013.

2011 Survey Blogs



ScientistsatSea: RV Celtic Explorer VENTure Survey Blog

11th July - 4th August 2011

An ROV Survey investigating reef growth and coral health in the Moira Mound extension field, studying the off-reef and within-reef sedimentary environment and cold-water coral reef biodiversity and to locate the source of active high-temperature hydrothermal fluid venting on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. This survey received funding under the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007-2013.

ScientistsatSea: RV Celtic Explorer Newfoundland & Labrador Fishery Survey Blog

8th February - 3rd March 2011

Acoustic survey of overwintering cod off southern Labrador and Eastern Newfoundland coast.

ScientistsatSea: RV Celtic Explorer NewFoundland Mission Blog

29th January - 7th February 2011

The RV Celtic Explorer's transatlantic crossing for the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery's Overwintering Cod Survey.