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.  

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 and if so, email rv [at] marine [dot] ie (Subject: Foreign Vessel Observer Scheme) (RV Ops) attaching a copy of your CV.  

Summary details of the surveys are available in the table below which will be updated as the survey notifications are received.  


UK Cefas Endeavour Celtic Sea, Bristol & English Channels Groundfish survey using commercially based survey standardised otter trawl 11/02/2018 12/03/2018 N/a
UK Scotia North West Ireland & Scotland Bottom Trawl Survey targeting juvenile Gadoid species 16/02/218 06/03/2018 Observer Selected
Netherlands Tridens Porcupine & North West Ireland International Blue Whiting Survey 12/03/2018 06/04/2018 N/a
UK Cefas Endeavour Celtic Sea, Bristol & English Channels Groundfish survey using 4m beam trawls - part of internationally coordinated WGBEAM survey 15/03/2018 13/04/2018 Observer Selected
Spain Miguel Oliver South & West of Ireland Blue Whiting Acoustic Survey 12/03/2018 23/03/2018 Observer Selected
UK Sparkling Sea Irish Sea Estimate the distribution, abundance and population structure of Cod, Haddock & Whiting  20/03/2018 25/03/2018 N/A
Norway Kings Bay West & North West Ireland Blue Whiting Acoustic Survey 23/03/2018 04/04/2018 Observer Selected
Germany Maria S Merian Goban Spur To obtain continuous time series of the variability of the North Atlantic Current 09/04/2018 13/04/2018 N/A
Netherlands Pelagia Whittard Canyon The unknown role of Submarine Canyons - pathways or sinks for Organic Carbon 10/05/2018 22/05/2018 Observer Selected
Norway Fiskebas West of Ireland & Scotland Tagging & Biological Sampling of Mackerel 11/05/2018 08/06/2018 Observer Selected
UK James Cook Atlantic Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems Research at the PAP Sustained Observatory 19/05/2018 12/06/2018 N/A
UK James Cook Whittard Canyon Habitat Mapping around Haig Fras and Whittard Canyon 19/06/2018 07/07/2018 Observer Selected
Germany Heincke  Irish West Coast and Celtic Sea   AZAHAB Project 17/07/2018  16/08/2018  N/A 
UK MSR Endeavour Irish & Celtic Seas 4m Beam-trawl Groundfish survey 26/09/2018 03/10/2018 Observer selected
Spain Vizconde de Eza Porcupine Abundance Estimations & Distribution Patterns of Demersal-Benthic Species 07/09/2018 11/10/2018 Observer Selected
UK Scotia Rockall Bank Bottom Trawl Survey Targeting Juvenile Gadoid Species 20/09/2018 30/09/2018 n/a
France  Thalassa Bay of Biscay & Celtic Sea Evhoe 18 - French Bottom Trawl Surveys 31/10/2018 15/11/2018 Observer Selected
UK Scotia North West of Ireland & Scotland Demersal Trawl survey 14/11/2018 02/12/2018 N/a
Germany Walther Herwig III Irish & Celtic Seas Investigations on fish diseases & biological effects of contaminants 1/12/2018 20/12/2018 Observer Selected

 Updated 24 September 2018