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. 

Please note we are not accepting applications for the Observer Scheme until further notice due to COVID 19.

FOREIGN MARINE SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH SURVEYS 2020 

COUNTRY VESSEL NAME LOCATION CRUISE OBJECTIVES FROM (DATE) TO (DATE) IRISH OBSERVER
UK Scotia ICES Management area VIA Bottom Trawl Survey targeting juvenile gadoid species 18/02/2020 08/03/2020 Observer Selected
UK Cefas Endeavour Celtic Sea, Bristol & Western Channels Groundfish Survey 15/02/2020 15/03/2020 Observer Selected
UK Cefas Endeavour Celtic Sea, Western & Bristol Channels Groundfish Survey 10/03/2020 23/04/2020 Observer Selected
Netherlands Tridens West Coast of Ireland Estimate the spawning stock abundance of Blue Whiting using acoustic methods. 16/03/2020 10/04/2020 Observer Selected
Norway Morten Einar North of The PAP To test catch regulation  devices for limiting catch sizes and conduct underwater observations of the fishing gear. 19/03/2020 30/03/2020 Observer Selected
Norway King's Bay Atlantic Ocean Northwest of Ireland Acoustic Assessment of the Blue Whiting Spawning Stock 20/03/2020 06/04/2020 Observer Selected
Spain Vizconde de Eza South Porcupine bank and Seabight Acoustic abundance estimates and distribution patterns of Blue Whiting 16/03/2020 28/03/2020 Observer Selected
Norway Fiskebas Atlantic Ocean, West of Ireland and Scotland Tagging and biological sampling of mackerel. 05/05/2020 04/06/2020  
US Atlantis Porcupine Abyssal Plain Global ocean net primary production and its implications on climates. 04/03/2020 13/06/2020  
UK Scotia Rockall Plateau, NW Slope & NW Ireland Trawl survey to estimate the abundance & distribution of anglerfish. 10/04/2020 22/04/2020  
Netherlands Pelagia Whittard Canyon Complex The unknown role of submarine canyons- Pathways or sinks for organic carbon. 08/05/2020 20/05/2020  
Spain Vizconde De Eza Porcupine Bank Abundance estimations and distribution patterns of demersal-benthic species. 05/09/2020 11/10/2020