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 2021 

COUNTRY VESSEL NAME LOCATION CRUISE OBJECTIVES FROM (DATE) TO (DATE) IRISH OBSERVER
UK RRS James Cook NOC Porcupine Abyssal Plain Site Understanding of the Earth as an integrated system through fostering new insights on ocean carbon cycling April 15th May 31st N/A
 UK/USA  Discovery PAP site region Sample the demise of the annual spring bloom May 1st June 1st N/A
 Germany  ATAIR 006 Southwestern Irish Shelf/Goban Spur Water mass variability & transports in the Eastern basin of the subpolar North Atlantic May 30th June 8th N/A
 Norway  FISKABAS Atlantic Ocean and  Scotland Fishing, tagging, & releasing ca 30000-50000 mackerel. Bio sampling of ca 1000 mackerel May 5th June 3rd N/A
 UK  Discovery  Rockall Trough To release a biologically inert chemical tracer to investigate long term mixing processes.  June 19th July 29th TBC
 UK  Seaglider  Malin Shelf A network of oceanographic & acoustic moorings within & adjacent to cross-border marine protected areas   July  Oct TBC
 UK  Endeavour  Irish & Celtic Sea To carry out a 4m beam-trawl survey of groundfish 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