2020 Isles of Scilly Survey Applications

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2020 Isles of Scilly Survey Applications
Common dolphin by T.Carne, taken during a 2019 IOS survey

The 2020 Isles of Scilly survey applications are now open! 

Dear All,

I am pleased to announce that the 2020 Isles of Scilly survey applications are now open. 

This year we have 16 surveys on this route, departing from Penzance and crossing to St Mary’s on the Isles of Scilly Scillonian III. These surveys will be running on Tuesdays and Wednesdays throughout March – November. This is a day sailing survey and is ideal for those requiring at sea experience and to become fully familiar with the ORCA Survey Protocol. This route also provides the opportunity to experience different cetacean species and is ORCAs second highest diversity survey route. To apply for these surveys please visit the Applying for Surveys page on the Surveyor Network. Applications will close at midnight on Sunday 23rd February and we will keep you all informed of the progress of the survey team allocations via the Surveyor Network news page throughout the year.

Please note you will not be considered for any surveys if you have not completed and sent in an ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyor Form. You only need to fill out and send an ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyor Form if you have never submitted one to ORCA before or if any personal information has changed from your previously submitted form. This can be found on the Surveyor Network and needs to be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have not yet purchased your ORCA Marine Mammal Surveyor polo shirt you can do this via our online shop. You will not be permitted access to the bridge without wearing your ORCA polo shirt. Please note that you need to be logged into the Surveyor Network for the polo shirt to be visible on the shop as these are exclusively for our Marine Mammal Surveyors.

All other 2020 ferry survey applications are now closed, many thanks for your applications.

We will be starting to put the teams together on a month by month basis and successful applicants for March and April surveys will be emailed over the upcoming weeks. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of applications we are unable to individually email all unsuccessful applicants each month and we will keep everyone updated on the progress of surveys via the Surveyor Network News page.

ORCA would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and dedication, without which we would not be able to conduct our vital conservation and education work.

We look forward to your applications for the Isles of Scilly Surveys.

Best wishes


Lucy Babey
Head of Science and Conservation 
Deputy Director