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Automated instrumentation allows COMPASS science to continue - COMPASS Project Blog Article

Automated instrumentation allows COMPASS science to continue

The impact of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has been felt by the COMPASS project, which saw tagging, routine environmental sampling and work on research vessels reduced or stopped. The project has, however, shown much resilience during this challenging period by spending more time on data analysis and reporting, and also on planning and […]

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Revealing the sounds of lockdown seas - COMPASS Project Blog Article

Revealing the sounds of lockdown seas

In July, COMPASS staff returned from the first research outing on the RV Corystes since lockdown, which included the collection of acoustic recording devices. These COMPASS and MarPAMM devices (sound recorders) were deployed off western Scotland and Northern Ireland throughout the late winter and spring of 2020 with many of them operating throughout the lockdown […]

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COMPASS data managers haven’t let COVID-19 stand in the way of progress! - COMPASS Project Blog Article

COMPASS data managers haven’t let COVID-19 stand in the way of progress!

The Data Management team has been busy this year with a cavalcade of activities. First up, back in February 2020, the data management lead, Marine Institute facilitated a workshop, hosted by the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) at their headquarters at the University of Liverpool’s campus. The workshop covered a broad range of talks on […]

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SAMS hosts COMPASS annual meeting at Oban - COMPASS Project Blog Article

SAMS hosts COMPASS annual meeting at Oban

The COMPASS 2019 Annual Seminar was held at Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban, Scotland on 26th November.  Attended by project partners, policy leads and stakeholders, the seminar provided an update on progress from the project and presented current findings relating to the salmonids and cetaceans (whales and dolphins) work and in particular, how […]

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COMPASS at the World Marine Mammal Conference - COMPASS Project Blog Article

COMPASS at the World Marine Mammal Conference

The Society of Marine Mammalogy joined together with the European Cetacean Society (ECS) to co-host the World Marine Mammal Conference in Barcelona. The meeting in December brought together top leaders in the field from every continent, including three scientists working on the COMPASS project: Ewan Edwards from Marine Science Scotland (MSS), Denise Risch and Ben […]

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Go north, and swim fast! - COMPASS Project Blog Article

Go north, and swim fast!

The tagging work was carried out by scientists from IFI (Dr James Barry) and AFBI (Dr Richard Kennedy) who tagged and analysed the movements of 130 salmon smolts as they left their rivers of birth in the spring of 2019. This work was supported by a local angling clubs, including The Dundalk and District Brown trout and Salmon Anglers, who helped to install fish traps which enabled the tagging and release of fish. A network of acoustic receivers were moored to the seabed along the coast from Drogheda to the north east coast by researchers from IFI and AFBI, to track the tiny acoustic transmitters in the salmon as they migrated from the rivers to the open ocean.

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