Prof. Michel Kaiser
After completing a PhD at Bangor University I worked for CEFAS for eight years and since then have continued to develop my research interests in understanding how fishing affects marine ecosystems and how we can better manage our use of natural resources. To achieve this I have examined the efficacy of using Marine Protected Areas as management tools, the socio-economic impact of different approaches to fisheries management, and the development of an evidence-based approach to conservation. More recently I have been engaged in fishermen-scientist workshops to encourage dialogue and learning. Public duties include an appointment to the board of the Seafish Industry Authority and also to the board of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. I have published over 135 peer reviewed papers and have authored or edited 5 books and write articles for the popular press.
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Dr Jan Geert Hiddink
After completing a PhD at Groningen University in the Netherlands, I started research on the effect of fishing and climate change on bottom ecosystems at Bangor University in 2002. My research combines ecological modelling, ship-based research and the analyses of long-term data sets to assess and predict the effect of disturbances on the functioning of marine ecosystems. This work has provided assessments of the effect of towed bottom trawls on the functioning of benthic ecosystems, and evaluations of the effects of marine protected areas, and the associated redistribution of fishing effort. I have published over 48 peer reviewed papers and one undergraduate textbook.
Dr Lewis LeVay
Director of the Centre for Applied Marine Sciences, with a background in aquaculture and fisheries across a wide range of temperate and tropical environments, focused mainly on shellfish. Recent research has focused on ecosystem services provided by coastal habitats, crustacean fisheries, environmental sustainability of aquaculture in coastal wetlands and wastewater remediation. Extensive experience of hatchery technology, feeds and nutrition and development of stock enhancement strategies comparing hatchery and habitat management based approaches.
Dr Ian McCarthy
After a BSc in Marine Biology/Zoology at Bangor, a PhD at Aberdeen and 9 years postdoctoral research in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Texas, I returned to Bangor to take up a lectureship in Fish Biology in 2002. My main area of research is animal ecophysiology looking at how animals adapt to varying environments and individual differences in growth and performance. However, in addition I am involved in fisheries-related research looking at fisheries ecology of commercially important species in UK waters (e.g. plaice, sea bass, rays) and have also been involved in similar studies in the Arabian Gulf (e.g. sparids, lethrinids and haemulids). I am interested in the use of chemical tags (elements and isotopes) to look at origins and movement patterns of freshwater (e.g brown trout) and marine fishes (e.g. sea trout and sea bass). I have published 62 peer-reviewed papers.
Dr Isobel Bloor
After graduating from Queen Mary’s University of London with an MSc in Marine Ecology and Environmental management, I worked as a marine ecologist at a small independent marine consultancy managing the impacts of marine related projects. I then worked on a 3 year cross-Channel EU project on cephalopod ecology and completed my PhD in conjunction with the Marine Biological Association and the Marine Institute, University of Plymouth on Cephalopod ecology, movement and behaviour, undertaking the first electronic tagging field study of the common cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis) in the field. My research has been predominately fisheries and field-work based working directly with inshore potting fishermen, undertaking acoustic and data storage tagging studies and completing in situ scuba surveys of spawning grounds. I also have experience in developing presence-only and presence-absence species distribution models. My current role as a postdoctoral fisheries scientist on the Isle of Man involves developing and undertaking stock assessments and providing the science necessary to assist the government in managing the scallop, lobster and crab fisheries within the territorial sea.
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I am a fisheries scientist focusing principally on the interaction between commercial static-gear fisheries in the Irish Sea and the biology of the shellfish resources they depend upon. I gained my BSc and MSc degrees at York University and have worked as a shellfish research scientist for the Holderness Fishing Industry Group, Orkney Sustainable Fisheries and the Cardigan Bay Fisherman’s Society. I am part of the Fisheries and Conservation Science group at Bangor University and am based on the Isle of Man within the Department for Environment, Food & Agriculture. I am leading on research related to the biology and life-history of lobster (H. gammarus), edible crab (C. pagurus) and whelk (B. undatum) and am contracted to supply evidence to inform sustainable management of static-gear fisheries within the Isle of Man territorial waters, whilst working towards a part-time PhD “Sustainable static-gear fisheries in the Irish Sea”.
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Dr Natalie Hold
I have worked on the reproductive ecology and population genetics of lobsters and scallops for the last 5 years. I am interested in how the various reproductive strategies of marine species interact with different management strategies to produce varying levels of management success. Understanding how reproductive behaviour and success will be influenced by the implementation of management interventions is essential for ensuring that stocks can continue to reproduce sufficiently for a sustainable fishery. I will be using genetic methods to study both the reproductive strategies and the connectivity between populations of various commercial Welsh species. I will also be working closely with the lobster potting industry, collecting data for a stock assessment to ensure a sustainable lobster fishery in Wales.
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Dr Cristina Mangano
I am a benthic marine ecologist. I got my PhD in 2013 (University of Messina, Italy) discussing a dissertation dealing with the otter trawling disturbance effects on benthic communities in the Mediterranean Sea. I was visiting PhD student at the Fisheries & Conservation Science Group (School of Ocean Sciences, Bangor University) acquiring skills on ecosystem-based fishery management. During my previous post doc period (2014-2017, University of Palermo, Italy) my research focused on the detection and understanding of ecological responses (from species to community level) to anthropogenic-induced changes. All my recent papers focuses on a combination of systematic review, field observations and modelling activities to suggest sustainable solutions to more adaptive fisheries and aquaculture in a context of environmental and climate changes. I believe that only an evidence-based approach can ensure a solid science-policy interface. Back to the School of Ocean Sciences as fishery research officer, I’ll work on the Fishery Improvement Project (FIP) English and Western Channel Scallop Fishery developing approaches and tools to inform management measures to mitigate the impact on habitats, especially Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs).
I studied first in Scotland and later at Bangor University where I gained my Master’s degree. My research focused on the impacts of noise from wind farm construction on fish behaviour, in collaboration with CEFAS. I have worked in Australia and Oman as a research assistant assessing fish population dynamics and investigating coral reef management tools. I have worked as a marine ecologist for consultancy carrying out fisheries surveys for the assessment of marine habitats for the power industry. Most recently I worked as a benthic taxonomist. I am a now a research assistant for this international team of fisheries scientists at Bangor University. I will be involved in all aspects of the project to help provide the science necessary to guide management plans for the sustainable use of Welsh fisheries.
I obtained a BSc in Ecology from Cardiff University, followed by a MSc in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Ulster. During my Masters, I investigated the reliability of fisher local knowledge collected in the Isle of Man. This, and experience working in an artisanal fishery in Greece, led me to begin a PhD with Bangor University and CEFAS. My project is titled “The Development of a Spatially Dynamic Fishery Model to Engage Fishermen in Management Strategy Evaluation”, and is centred on the need to better understand the spatial and temporal displacement of effort following management. The development of tools to better understand this displacement of effort following management actions could increase the confidence in and efficacy of management. The aim of this project is to develop a predictive model capable of forecasting the behaviour of scallop fishing vessels in relation to changing environmental and economic conditions, and the consequences of this for the fishery’s sustainability. A simulation model with a user interface that fishermen, managers, and scientists can use to explore the fishery dynamics will be a key output of the project. The central theme is finding the most appropriate course of action considering both economic and ecological sustainability.
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I gained an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection at Bangor University in 2011 and completed a PhD in 2015. My PhD research focused on the king scallop fishery in the English Channel (worth >£60 million per annum) and was funded by the UK scallop fishing industry. I assessed the geographic extent of inshore and offshore scallop fishing and the related habitat impacts. Genetic analysis revealed connectivity between scallop stocks across the English Channel and I completed a full spatial assessment of fishery bycatch. I am currently working on developing the Seafish RASS (Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood) tool that provides information and evidence to inform businesses in their sourcing of sustainable seafood. The most up-to-date data on the impacts of fishing gears in specific seabed habitats will be analysed and used to enhance our predictions of fishing gear impacts and enable evaluation of the benefits of gear modifications. Such information is necessary for the management of fishing activities around our coast, in particular for areas of conservation importance such as protected areas or Marine Conservation Zones.
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Graham George Monkman
Initially graduating in biotechnology from Leeds University in 1994, I moved into computing after my degree, eventually taking the role of quality director for a software house. The company primarily specialised in project and asset management SaaS solutions delivered to UK businesses and local authorities. My range of expertise within my 20 years+ in the software sector would make a very long and very dull list, but included full life cycle management of business critical projects with individual values in excess of £100k
In 2013 I undertook an MSc in Marine Biology at Bangor University and was awarded the Jeremy Jones Memorial Prize for outstanding achievement. After the MSc I gained a PhD studentship from the FSBI with the broad remit of investigating new and novel technical solutions to delivering effective and cost efficient assessments of recreational fisheries. Such methods have applications beyond recreational fisheries; image recognition, natural language process and citizen science have applications to commercial marine fisheries monitoring and wider ecosystems assessment worldwide.
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