1. To carry out an echo-sounder survey of the Inner Moray Firth, the Beauly, Inverness and Cromarty Firths in order to investigate the occurrence and distribution of pelagic fish shoals.
2. To sample suitable echo-traces using a pelagic trawl.
3. To observe the seal and seabird populations within the survey area.
4. To obtain live fish for experiments currently being carried out at the laboratory.
William S MacDonald (Scottish Office Agriculture and Fisheries Department Aberdeen Marine Laboratory)
Inner Moray Firth
Biology and fisheries
Description: Seabird observations
Mammals and reptiles
Description: Seals counted on two occasions.
Quantity: number of hauls = 11 Description: identifying echo-traces
Quantity: number of hauls = 30 Description: live whiting retained for experiments back at the laboratory.
Acoustic reflection on marine organisms.
Description: echo-sounder survey to investigate the occurrence and distribution of pelagic fish shoals.