A Marine Science and Technology Partnership Programme for the island of Ireland

2022 Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey (CSHAS)

This survey contributes to a time series used to track the biomass and abundance of herring in the Celtic Sea and informs stock assessments by ICES expert groups. Mr Ciaran O’Donnell will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute on survey transects deploying a pelagic trawl to ground truth echo traces of herring and other pelagic species.

The survey will take place from the 7th to 27th of October.

The Celtic Sea Herring Acoustic Survey is an excellent opportunity for graduates and postgraduate students who wish to develop field skills and careers in fisheries science, marine mammal and seabird data collection.


The closing date for applications for applications is Friday the 12th of August 2022.

Applications can be submitted online here.


Current ENG 11 medical certificate
Current PST STCW 95 or equivalent
Capacity to adhere to COVID 19 RV stipulations
Information on obtaining medical and sea-survival certificates and vessel user guidelines for national research vessels are available here.

Survey Data

The data collected during the survey is the intellectual property of the survey organisers. Participants are obliged to comply with survey data privacy and protection as set out by the Chief Scientist.

Further Information

Participation in surveys is with the agreement of the chief scientist.

Also see:

CSHAS Survey Report 2020

Marine Institute Acoustic Surveys Webpage

Further enquiries should be addressed to: John.Boyd@gmit.ie.

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