Saturday, 8 November 2008


Working on the Clyde over the past few days, Fisheries Research Services' new research vessel ALBA NA MARA was seen this afternoon working in the Lower Loch Long area. ALBA NA MARA was designed and built by Macduff Shipbuilders for the Scottish Government as a replacement for CLUPEA, and was handed over to her owners in April 2008. Reported to have cost around £4 million, the 27 metre long vessel is equipped with a sophisticated range of deck machinery and electronics to allow a range of fishing and environmental sampling to be carried out. ALBA NA MARA is capable of operating throughout the year, carrying out inshore research, surveys and monitoring around the British Isles from her base at Fraserburgh, and can carry up to 15 people for two weeks at a time.