Marine Notice No. 18 of 2017

Saturday, 08 April 2017

 

Notice to all Shipowners, Fishing Vessel Owners, Agents, Shipmasters, Skippers, Fishers and Seafarers

 
 

Anglerfish and Megrim Survey off the North and Northwest coast of Ireland.

 
 

 

 

 


The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has been advised that the Marine Institute will be carrying out the annual Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (I.A.M.S 2017). The survey will be carried out from 8th to the 17th of April in fulfilment of Ireland’s Common Fisheries Policy obligations, and will be held off the North and Northwest coast of Ireland. The I.A.M.S is a demersal trawl survey consisting of approximately 49 otter trawls (60 minutes) in ICES area 6.a. The approximate location of these hauls is given in Figure 1 below. Fishing will take place within a 3 nautical mile radius of these indicative positions.

 

The vessel R.V. Celtic Explorer (Callsign: EIGB) will be used throughout the duration of the survey. The vessel will display appropriate lights and signals.  The vessel will be towing a Jackson demersal trawl during fishing operations, and will be listening on VHF Channel 16 throughout the project.

 

The Marine Institute would request that commercial fishing and other marine operators to keep a 3 nautical mile area around the tow points clear of any gear or apparatus during the survey period outlined above. While there is no statutory provision for the loss of gear at sea, the Marine Institute will make every effort to avoid gear adequately marked according to legislation[1] that may be encountered in the notified areas.

In the event that an operator has static gear or other obstructions within 3 nautical miles of the points listed below it is the responsibility of the owner to notify the survey managers or vessel directly. This should be communicated by identifying specifically which “Station” is of concern using the Appendix and contact details provided. It is not required to provide positional details of commercial operations beyond 4 nautical miles of the survey points provided.

 

Specifics of any fishing gear or other obstructions that are known and cannot be kept clear of these survey haul locations can be notified using the contact details below.

 

Please contact:

Aodhan Fitzgerald, Marine Institute: 0872488765

 

 

 

 

 

 

Figure 1: Map of IAMS 2017 survey stations labelled with station numbers.

 

 


IGFS Survey Stations are located by the following coordinates (WGS 84):

 

Station

Length (nmi)

Decimal Latitude

Latitude

Decimal Longitude

Longitude

1

3.9

55.6702

55°40'12''N

-7.2925

7°17'32''W

2

4.6

57.4204

57°25'13''N

-9.4869

9°29'12''W

3

3.9

56.1526

56°9'9''N

-9.2915

9°17'29''W

4

5.7

56.5729

56°34'22''N

-7.3805

7°22'49''W

5

3.4

56.9144

56°54'51''N

-8.2161

8°12'57''W

6

4.5

54.7859

54°47'9''N

-10.4429

10°26'34''W

7

4.4

55.0219

55°1'18''N

-10.2245

10°13'28''W

8

3.4

55.1104

55°6'37''N

-9.5477

9°32'51''W

9

3.3

56.6025

56°36'8''N

-8.4893

8°29'21''W

10

3.5

55.619

55°37'8''N

-8.4242

8°25'27''W

11

4

55.7231

55°43'23''N

-9.3322

9°19'55''W

12

4.2

55.4592

55°27'33''N

-9.9123

9°54'44''W

13

3.5

57.679

57°40'44''N

-8.6949

8°41'41''W

14

3.9

55.8735

55°52'24''N

-7.9548

7°57'17''W

15

3.3

55.5162

55°30'58''N

-9.4601

9°27'36''W

16

3.9

56.3106

56°18'38''N

-9.1923

9°11'32''W

17

5.8

56.2329

56°13'58''N

-6.7206

6°43'14''W

18

4.5

56.264

56°15'50''N

-8.2063

8°12'22''W

19

5.1

55.5768

55°34'36''N

-9.1661

9°9'57''W

20

3.9

54.8891

54°53'20''N

-10.2968

10°17'48''W

21

3.5

57.5953

57°35'43''N

-9.6687

9°40'7''W

22

Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 April 2017 )