Location: Fisheries Directorate, Department for Environment Food and Agriculture, St Johns, Isle of Man
Phone: 01624 685029
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”.
My research focuses on the life-history of commercially valuable shellfish within ICES Area VIIa (Irish Sea) and translating that knowledge into sustainable fisheries management. I also focus efforts on improving the monitroing, reporting and interaction of commercial fisheries with the populations of shellfish that support them, in order to bring management of 'small-scale' non-quota species in line with the requirements now set out in legislation.
I have supervised MSc students that have based their projects on the Isle of Man. Research topics have ranged from capture-mark-recapture experiments of the common whelk (Buccinum undatum), the prevalence of shellfish disease in the Brown crab (Cancer pagurus) population through to the trialling of 'distruptive technology' in the Queen scallop (Aquipecten opercularis) otter trawl fishery in order to reduce bycatch.