Marine Institute

Foreign Vessel Surveys

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A number of foreign marine scientific research programmes (FMSR) are undertaken in Irish waters each year. Summary details of the surveys are available in the table below.

If you're interested in participating in any of these surveys as the Irish Observer onboard, please see details of our Foreign Vessel Observer Scheme to check that you qualify. 

All observers are required to comply with current Covid-19 safety regulations and protocols on board the relevant vessel. 

FOREIGN MARINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SURVEYS 2022

 

COUNTRY VESSEL NAME LOCATION CRUISE OBJECTIVES FROM (DATE) TO (DATE) IRISH OBSERVER
 UK  Scotia ICES Mgt area VIA Bottom trawl survey targeting juvenile gadoid species. Feb 15th  Mar 6th TBC
 UK FV Achilles   Irish Sea To estimate the distribution, abundance and population structure of cod, haddock and whiting by semi-pelagic trawling, using commercial fishing gear. Feb 20th Mar 25th TBC
 UK CEFEAS Endeveour  Celtic Sea, Bristol & Western Channel. Ground-fish survey using 4m beam trawls operating as part of the internationally coordinated Working Group on Beam Trawl Surveys.  Feb 20th  April 15th TBC
UK Queen of Ulster North West of Ireland Retrieval and Redeployment OF ACOUSTIC ARRAY. Feb 20th April 3rd TBC
Spain Vizconde De Eza South Porcupine bank & Porcupine Seabigh Acoustic abundance estimates and distribution patterns of blue whiting. Mar 2nd Mar 12th  TBC
Netherlands Tridens Western Approaches & West of Ireland Estimate the spawning stock abundance of Blue Whiting using acoustic methods. Mar 9th  April 15th TBC
 Spain Ramon Margalef Northeastern Atlantic To estimate the spawning stock biomass of the northeastern Atlantic mackerel and horse mackerel stock. Mar 20th  April 3rd  TBC
UK Altaire Scottish and Irish West Coast Blue whiting survey to acoustically determine the stock biomass in the east Atlantic. Mar 23rd April 19th TBC
Germany Walther Herwig III West Ireland and Porcupine Bank, the Celtic Sea, Northern part of the Bay of Biscay.

The main objective of the survey is to produce both an index and a direct estimate
of the biomass of the north east Atlantic mackerel stock and an egg production index for
the southern and western horse mackerel stocks by sampling of mackerel and horse
mackerel eggs and parental animals.

Mar 23rd April 23rd Berth available
Norway MV Vendla Atlantic Ocean Northwest of Ireland The cruise is part of the international blue whiting survey coordinated through the ICES working group of International Pelagic surveys with participants from Ire, Norway, the NLs, Faroes and Spain. Mar 24th April 2nd  TBC
Norway Unknown Porcupine Bank and SE  of Rockall Bank To test catch regulation devices in the Blue Whiting fisheries. Mar 28th April 11th TBC
UK Scotia The Rockall Plateau, NW slope and NW Ireland. To conduct a trawl survey to estimate the abundance and distribution of anglerfish. April 11th April 30th TBC
UK James Cook Whittard Canyon/PAP-SO Sustained observatory (Annual service visit; High Seas), and mooring recovery and deployment in Whittard Canyon. May 1st May 9th TBC
Netherlands Tridens North Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, Bay of Biscay To collect data of the distribution of mackerel and horse mackerel eggs, to collect data on fecundity of female mackerel and horse mackerel and to obtain hydrographical data. May 9th  May 27th  TBC
Germany RV Maria Continental Shelf adjacent to the Rockall Trough To investigate the carbon and nitrogen cycling in the shelf region off Western Ireland and compare this to the open ocean productivity and export. May 21st June 4th  TBC
Netherlands Tridens North Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, Bay of Biscay Biomass estimation of mackerel and horse mackerel stock. To collect data of the distribution of mackerel and horse mackerel eggs, to collect data on fecundity of female mackerel and horse mackerel and to obtain hydrographical data. June 6th  June 24th  TBC

 

FOREIGN MARINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SURVEYS 2021

 

COUNTRY VESSEL NAME LOCATION CRUISE OBJECTIVES FROM (DATE) TO (DATE) IRISH OBSERVER
UK MRV Scotia ICES Management area VIA Bottom trawl survey targeting juvenile gadoid species. Feb 17th Mar 10th TBC
UK  Achilles Area Vlla - Irish Sea To estimate the distribution, abundance and population structure of cod, haddock and whiting in the Irish Sea by semi-pelagic trawling, using commercial fishing gear Feb 25th Mar 25th TBC
Norway Vikingbank Porcupine bank & South East of Rockall bank To test  catch regulation devices for limiting catch sizes and conduct underwater observations of the fishing gear. Mar 8th Mar 26th TBC
Netherlands Tridens Western approaches & West of Ireland Estimate the spawning stock abundance of Blue Whiting using acoustic methods Mar 10th  Apr 15th TBC
UK Queen of Ulster Donegal Coast A total of 33 Acoustic Listening Stations (ALS) are planned to be deployed at different locations off the coast of Co. Donegal Mar 15th Mar 26th TBC
Spain Vizconde de Eza/Miquel Oliver South Porcupine bank and Porcupine Seabigh International Blue Whiting spawning stock survey (IBWSS) Mar 17th  Mar 28th TBC
Norway MV Vendla Atlantic Ocean Northwest of Ireland Acoustic assessment of blue whiting spawning stock. And Observations on hydrography. Mar 24th Apr 2nd TBC
UK RRS Discovery Porcupine Abyssal and Whittard Canyon The cruise will also recover and redeploy a mooring (acoustic Doppler current meters, CTD instruments [microcats], time-series sampling sediment trap). Mar 25th Apr 14th TBC
UK RRS James Cook NOC Porcupine Abyssal Plain site EXPORTS will foster new insights on ocean carbon cycling that maximizes its societal relevance through the achievement of U.S. and International research agency goals. Apr 15th May 31st TBC
UK/USA Discovery PAP site region The aim of the EXPORTS 2021 North Atlantic deployment is to sample the demise of the annual spring bloom.  May 1st Jun 1st TBC
Norway FISKABAS Atlantic Ocean and Scotland Fishing, tagging and releasing ca 30000-50000 mackerel. Biological sampling of ca 1000 mackerel May 5th Jun 3rd TBC
Germany ATAIR Southwestern Irish Shelf, Goban Spur & French Shelf in the Atlantic Physical Oceanography - water mass variability & transports in the Eastern basin of the subpolar North Atlantic. Jun 1st Jun 14th TBC
UK Discovery Rockall Trough Bottom Boundary Layer Turbulence and Abyssal Recipes (BLT Recipes) Jun 19th Jul 29th TBC
 UK Endeavour Irish Sea and Bristol Channel To carry out a 4m beam-trawl survey of ground fish to obtain fisheries data. Sep 1st  Oct 1st TBC
Spain VIZCONDE DE EZA Atlantic: Porcupine bank Abundance estimations and distribution patterns of demersal-Benthic species. Sep 3rd Oct 5th  TBC
UK RV Scotia Rockall bank Bottom trawl survey targeting juvenile gadoid species on Rockall bank Sep 9th Sep 19th TBC
UK Queen of Ulster North West of Ireland Retrieval of acoustic array in the North West of Ire.(SeaMonitor - EU Interreg VA Project) Sep 20th Oct 10th TBC
UK  MRV Scotia ICES Mgt area Vla & Vlb Bottom trawl survey targeting commercial species on the continental slope. Sep 22nd  Oct 5th TBC
UK Discovery Rockall Trough Bottom Boundary Layer Turbulence and Abyssal Recipes (BLT Recipes) Sep 25th Oct 30th TBC
France Thalassa Celtic Sea & Bay of Biscay French Bottom Trawl Surveys in Bay of Biscay and Celtic Sea Nov 10th  Dec 5th Confirmed
UK Discovery North Atlantic The purpose of this project is to commission the newly installed SBP27 system Nov 6th  Nov 14th TBC
UK MRV Scotia Scottish and Irish West Coast Demersal trawling survey to assess pre-recruit year class strengths of cod, haddock, whiting, Norway pout, mackerel and herring. Nov 17th  Dec 4th N/A