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Centre for

Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology

From the shoreline to the deep ocean, tackling issues from pure ecology
and physiology to aquaculture, marine spatial planning and conservation.

Seagoing research

The CMBB conducts a variety of seagoing research, including coastal dive surveys and offshore research cruises with remotely operated vehicles. While some work is completed in collaboration with government agencies and other institutions, we also have our own research vessel, support vessels, and a scientific dive team. Further information on all of these can be found through the links to the left. 

Research vessels

The CMBB's boats include the RV Serpula, a custom built vessel commissioned in 1999, based on an 8 m LOA GRP Kingfisher hull. She is equipped for scientific sampling and diving work, including grabbing, benthic coring, beam trawling and deployment of remote sensing equipment (e.g. side-scan sonar; drop-down video). Most sampling gears can be supplied in-house. RV Serpula is supported by 3 inflatable craft. The vessel has been used for work all over Scotland, including Barra, North Uist, the Firth of Tay and locations around her base in Loch Creran. She also provides a focal point for field-course work on both B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees. The boat, with skipper, is available for commercial contracts.  More information on the seagoing equipment within the CMBB can be found here. 

Seagoing overview