A Temporary Account of the Utilized Marine Organic Sampling and Knowledge Assortment Module 2018

AMBS teaches area abilities in marine organic knowledge assortment. In 2018 this accredited module ran from the twentieth to twenty third March and focussed on Marine Mammals, Marine Birds, Fisheries, and Benthic Biology. Coaching for AMBS 2018 befell on the RV Celtic Voyager in Cork Harbour and its approaches.
Ship time on the Celtic Voyager for AMBS 2018 was supported by the Marine Institute, and funded underneath the Marine Analysis Programme of the Irish Authorities.

AMBS 2018 Instructors and College students

Six instructors delivered 4 days of coaching to eleven individuals on the RV Celtic Voyager in Cork Harbour and its approaches from the twentieth to twenty third of March. Our instructors have been John Boyd (Fisheries), Joanne O’Brien and Simon Berrow (Marine Mammals), Laura Hogan (Marine Birds) and Bob Kennedy (Benthic Biology). College students on this accredited module got here from Eire, the UK, Malta and Brazil and from a variety of marine-oriented educational {and professional} backgrounds.

AMBS 2018 Places

Cork is a perfect departure level for coaching programs of this sort due to its proximity to a variety of various habitat settings, entry to the ocean and the supply of shelter within the occasion of tough sea circumstances.

Sampling stations and survey space for CV18018 (Bathymetric knowledge from INFOMAR)

AMBS 2018 Cruise Narrative

Day 1 – 20/03/2018: College students embarked at 08:30 and have been guided via a tour of the vessel’s security options and emergency protocols. This was adopted by a collection of displays on the background, rationale and strategies for practicals on visible and acoustic knowledge assortment strategies for marine mammals led by Dr Simon Berrow and Dr Joanne O’Brien of GMIT.
Knowledge assortment actions befell between Roches Level and the Previous Head of Kinsale and focussed on establishing the basics of surveying, identification and distance estimation strategies for marine mammals.  Mammals noticed and recognized included frequent dolphins, harbour porpoises and customary seals. Within the afternoon, a towed hydrophone was deployed and college students liaised between the foredeck and dry lab in an built-in visible and acoustic survey. Climate and sea state all through the day have been optimum with minimal cloud cowl and calm seas. The return passage to Cork was taken up with a overview of the day’s outcomes and planning of a pupil lead survey for the next day. College students disembarked at 17:30.
Day 2 – 21/03/2018: College students embarked at 08:30. The outward leg to Roches Level was occupied by a pupil planning session for a visible and acoustic survey of a delegated dredge spoil dumping space south-east of Roches Level. As on day 1 visible surveying was supported by hydrophone knowledge.  Marine mammal observations have been confined to harbour porpoises and the observations log was dominated by seabirds. Sea state for the day was unfavourable for marine mammal sightings with an offshore wind within the area of 15kts driving 1m waves. The return passage to Cork was utilised in organising and screening knowledge.
Day 3 – 22/03/2018: As on earlier days, the outward leg to Roches Level was given over to displays and scene setting for knowledge assortment practicals, this time on fisheries, benthos and marine birds. To accommodate this, college students divided into three teams and rotated via practicals on fisheries, benthos and marine birds knowledge assortment. Coaching was led by John Boyd from GMIT (Fisheries), Laura Hogan (Marine Birds) and Dr Bob Kennedy from NUI Galway (Benthic Biology).
Marine hen knowledge assortment adopted European Seabirds at Sea protocols. Fisheries knowledge assortment templates have been tailored from the Fisheries Ecosystem Advisory Providers (FEAS) protocols on the Marine Institute. Benthic knowledge assortment centered on linking sampling to the conservation and biodiversity targets of the EU Habitats Directive, Water Framework Directive and Marine Technique Framework Directive.
The ocean state past Roches Level (wind round 20-25kts) confined operations to the sheltered channel between Cobh and Roches Level. The ultimate a part of the day was occupied with knowledge organisation and a planning session for the ultimate day onboard.
Day 4. 23/03/2018: For the ultimate day, college students have been tasked with formulating an built-in survey incorporating fisheries, benthos and marine birds utilizing the methodologies practised the day prior to this. Improved climate circumstances allowed for operations to increase south of Roches Level for a distance of roughly 10nm and for deployment of a mini ROV. The ultimate return leg was occupied with knowledge organisation and an outlay of codecs for the survey report.

Participant’s Testimony from AMBS 2018

“My general impression of the course was glorious. It was a memorable and provoking expertise and will certainly assist with my work. I hope the instructors discovered it satisfying and productive as effectively”.
“My general impression of the course was that it was a really informative and well-organised course and I realized many new sampling methods that can show to be advantageous in my future profession”.
“Glorious throughout, professionally delivered giving big perception into the practicalities of finishing up marine survey work. Extremely advocate to anybody who could have the data and {qualifications} however restricted or no hands-on expertise”
“I beloved the marine mammals and the fisheries. I assumed it was delivered very well and was actually fascinating. I feel doing extra about fisheries can be good to get extra of a really feel as to what occurs on a survey. I feel a little bit extra time needs to be spent on the benthic macrofauana as a result of there are such a lot of organisms to see. I beloved the course I had an incredible expertise general and would extremely advocate it!”
“Having had no formal scientific background, I used to be daunted on the prospect of the course, however I needn’t have anxious as a result of John, Laura, Joanne, Simon and Bob all immediately put me comfy with a no-nonsense, hands-on studying course of that made sense as you progressed alongside. We coated lots of materials however having a lot sensible content material all of it sank in a lot faster.
“I felt everybody realized collectively as a unit with a really sturdy camaraderie that any outside journey firm would envy, and that’s all right down to the instructors and crew of The Celtic Voyager”.
“I’d strongly advocate this course to anybody with an curiosity in Marine Knowledge Assortment and Observations”.

AMBS 2018 in Footage

 Embarkation level on the Port of Cork.

 Frequent seal in flat calm on the primary day.

Harbour porpoises are laborious to identify even on good days

 And customary dolphins are laborious to overlook

Particularly in these circumstances.
We logged loads of birds however marine mammals have been scarce on our zig-zag transect.

Chris Web page’s survey plan offers overview of the place we have been

Although not as sharp as this gannet

Who took a eager curiosity in trawling operations

In frequent with our college students

Who sorted the catch.
 Swimming crabs, squat lobsters and sea mice among the many megabenthos

Separated from rockling, dab and dragonets, simply three of 26 species of fish recognized.

From the Day seize echinoderms and polychaetes amongst many others are separated from the sediments characterised.

Additional Data on AMBS 2018 and different SMART programmes

For detailed details about AMBS 2018 and different SMART programmes please electronic mail [email protected].
Open requires AMBS and different offshore coaching programmes are hosted on the SMARTSEASCHOOL web site and related social media.


AMBS 2018 was tremendously facilitated by Analysis Vessel Operations on the Marine Institute. P&O Maritime in Galway gives knowledgeable mobilisation help for this and different offshore coaching programmes for SMART. Secure, instructive and satisfying offshore coaching is made attainable by the deep expertise and data of the Celtic Voyager crew and the unstinting cooperation they prolong to college students and instructors alike.

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