Dr Claire Szostek
Postdoctoral Research Officer in Fisheries, Shellfish Centre Science Officer
Room: Floor 2, Marine Centre Wales Phone: +44 (0)1248 388472
I gained an MSc in Marine Environmental Protection at Bangor University in 2011 and completed my PhD at Bangor 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. The project involved active engagement with key stakeholders across the industry, including fishermen, processors and government bodies. I quantified the spatial extent of inshore and offshore scallop fishing in the English Channel and produced the first comprehensive map of inshore scallop fishing effort distribution. I also completed assessment of population genetics of commercially important scallop beds and a full spatial assessment of fishery bycatch across the English Channel. Scientific surveys on board the Prince Madog provided benthic community data to quantify the habitat impacts of the commercial fishery within the context of the seabed environments present across the fishery.
In my previous Post-doc I worked in collaboration with Seafish on developing the RASS tool (Risk Assessment for Sourcing Seafood, http://www.seafish.org.uk/rass) that provides information and evidence to inform businesses in sourcing of sustainable seafood. The most recent and comprehensive data regarding the impacts of fishing gears in specific seabed habitats was analysed and used to enhance predictions of fishing gear impacts. Information on gear penetration depths enabled evaluation of the benefits of gear modifications. In my current post-doc as part of BLUEFISH (http://www.irelandwales.eu/projects/bluefish) I am investigating factors that influence king scallop dredge efficiency, with a view to improving stock assessment estimates from industry catch and effort data.