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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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The Robot that listens to whales - COMPASS Project Blog Article

The Robot that listens to whales

Dr Denise Risch, leader of the COMPASS Marine Mammals work package is featured in a video launching a new autonomous underwater vehicle (UAV) , built by the Scottish Association of Marine Science  (SAMS). This vehicle, an ocean glider, will travel a pre-programmed route from the coast of Scotland to the NW or Ireland and back […]

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COMPASS network gets high-tech upgrades - COMPASS Project Blog Article

COMPASS network gets high-tech upgrades

The main aim of the COMPASS project is to deliver the first fully coherent network of monitoring buoys across our regional seas. To do this, we are already using existing and emerging technologies. However, innovation approaches are required on COMPASS to ensure there is integration of this equipment. You can see this in the development of […]

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Salmonid studies update - COMPASS Project Blog Article

Salmonid studies update

This work package aims to investigate the migrations of salmonid fish in our regional seas using moored scientific recording instruments.  We aim to find out what these fish do and where they go, in an attempt to study their habits and understand the population dynamics. The fish Salmon and Sea trout have similar biology, share […]

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Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Launches COMPASS Project - COMPASS Project Blog Article

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute Launches COMPASS Project

An exciting new marine science project studying the seas around Ireland, Western Scotland and Northern Ireland was launched this week in Ballycastle overlooking Rathlin Sound. The COMPASS project, led and coordinated by researchers from the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI), will connect the regions’ leading marine research Institutes to form a cross-border network to protect […]

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