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

Irish Groundfish Survey (IGFS) 2024

The Irish Groundfish Survey is an internationally coordinated demersal trawl survey that takes place from October to December in the Atlantic shelf waters of Ireland. The main objectives of the Irish Groundfish Survey are to provide indices of abundance for commercially exploited demersal fish stocks and recruitment information in the Celtic Seas Ecoregion. The survey also collects data on non-commercial fish species, elasmobranchs, cephalopods and benthic fauna.

The IGFS is an excellent opportunity for graduates and postgraduate students who wish to develop field skills in biometric sampling and gain experience in offshore survey operations.

IGFS Background

Since its inception in 2003 the Irish Groundfish Survey has recorded biometric data from almost 2 million fish. To find out more about this go to IGFS (marine.ie) Also see Irish Groundfish Survey | Marine Institute

Provisional survey legs are as follows:

IGFS Leg 1. 1st to 12th November.

IGFS Leg 2. 12th to 24th November.

IGFS Leg 3. 24th November to 5th December.

IGFS Leg 4. 5th to 17th December.


The closing date for applications is Tuesday the 20th of August 2024.

Applications can be submitted online here.

For application advice see Applying for SMART Marine Institute Research Vessel Bursaries

Required Certificates

  • Current ENG 11 medical certificate
  • Current PST STCW 95 or equivalent
  • STCW Proficiency in Security Awareness

For information on certificates see page 2 of Applying for SMART Marine Institute Research Vessel Bursaries

Survey Data

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

Further Information

Further enquiries should be addressed to: john.boyd@atu.ie

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