To undertake smolt trawl surveys in and just outside the Moray Firth, and off the Firths of Tay and Forth.
All trawl gear, video frame box and scientific equipment will be transported to Fraserburgh and rigged aboard MFV Sunbeam on 3 May. Sunbeam will sail on 4 May and undertake shakedown tows to practice shooting/hauling the smolt gear and video box. Once SIC and skipper are happy the gear is operating correctly the vessel will make passage, depending on the weather, to either the Moray Firth or Tay/Forth areas to commence the smolt survey. The survey will finish in Fraserburgh on the morning of 16 May with all staff and fishing gear/scientific equipment returning to the Marine Laboratory.
Robert J Kynoch (Marine Scotland Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)