1. To undertake flatfish and sediment sampling in the Clyde and Solway in support of the Clean Seas Environment Monitoring Programme (OSPAR and MSFD).
2. To undertake sample preparation for subsequent eco-toxicological analyses.
3. To undertake survey of sea-surface litter in the Firth of Clyde and Solway Firth.
4. To take adventitious samples of fish and shellfish for micro-plastics.
5. To obtain samples of sediment, plankton, benthic invertebrates and fish in support of PhD project on the trophic transfer of contaminants within the Clyde.
Scientific gear will be loaded on to the Sir John Murray in Troon on 12 November. Scientific staff will join the vessel in Troon on 16 November. Five sediment samples will be collected for contaminant analysis from each of two water bodies in the Firth of Clyde and one in the Solway Firth. Flatfish (dab, plaice or flounder) will be collected for determination of contaminants and their biological effects from the Bowling, Holy Loch, Hunterston (contaminants only), Garroch Head, Outer Clyde, and Solway Firth (disease only) fishing stations. At the Holy Loch and Outer Clyde fishing sites, samples of sediment, plankton, benthic invertebrates and fish will be taken in support of a PhD project on the trophic transfer of contaminants. The manta neuston net will be towed on passage at five knots in order to survey and sample sea-surface litter from the Solway, the Clyde estuary and the inner, middle and outer Firth of Clyde.
Craig D Robinson (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Inner Seas off the West Coast of Scotland Irish Sea and St. George's Channel