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Area 6a Monk and Megrim survey planned for April

The third leg of the annual Irish Anglerfish and Megrim Survey (IAMS2020) will be carried out by the Marine Institute from 11th April to 20th April 2020 to the north and northwest coast of Ireland. Marine Notice No. 08 of 2020 has been issued to notify all shipowners, fishing vessel owners, skippers, fishers, yachtsmen and seafarers, of the survey’s locations and dates.

The 65metre research vessel Celtic Explorer will carry out the IAMS demersal trawl survey using a Jackson trawl which will consist of approximately 50 otter trawls of 60 minutes duration in ICES area 6a.

In Marine Notice No. 08 of 2020, the Marine Institute requests that commercial fishing and other marine operators keep a 3 nautical mile radius 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 that may be encountered in the notified areas.

In the event that an operator has static gear or other obstructions within 3 nautical mile radius of the points listed, 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 appendices and contact details provided. It is not required to provide positional details of commercial operations beyond 4 nautical mile radius of the survey points provided.

The IAMS 2020 survey stations are detailed in the map along with the appropriate station numbers

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:

Aodhan Fitzgerald, Marine Institute: 087-2488765. Eoghan Kelly, Marine Institute: 087-9935128

Full details of Marine Notice No. 08 of 2020 including the coordinates of the IAMS 2020 survey stations can be found on the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) website under Marine Notices.