Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science

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Cefas is an Executive Agency of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). It is a large multidisciplinary scientific research with an outstanding reputation within the world of fisheries science and management. It provides its services to a large number of UK and international public and private sector clients and plays a leading role within the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES) as well as EIFAC, NASCO, NAFO, STECF, ICCAT and the IWC. Cefas has recently been awarded overall responsibility for managing the UK’s Marine Climate Impacts programme (MCCIP) and played a key role in the initiative and in defining Alternative Future Scenarios for Marine Ecosystems (AFMEC).

Contribution to the project: The main focus for the institute’s work are the Western Waters and Widely Ranging Fish regional studies. Within the Western Waters Cefas will be involved in the adaptation and development of ecosystem operating models to permit the evaluation of trade-offs of different MSY variants. This work covers mainly tasks 1.5, 2.2 and associated tasks. In the Widely Ranging Fish, the main involvement of Cefas will be to contribute to the development of the game theoretic approach which will be used within task 2.2.

Description of Cefas staff involved in the project:

  • Dr Steve Mackinson is an internationally recognised expert with 15 years experience in the application of foodweb ecosystem models to research on ecosystem dynamics and fisheries impacts ranging from tropical to arctic seas. He publishes, supervises and reviews work in this area and is a member of the ICES WG on Multispecies Assessment Methods (WGSAM), leader of the IndiSeas task group on developing reference points for ecosystem indicators and involved in numerous EU Framework projects, notably MEECE and GAP2 of relevance here.
  • Dr Axel Rossberg has over 19 years of experience applying complex-systems science in multidisciplinary contexts. His expertise is development of highly simple descriptions of complex systems, specializing since 2003 on food webs and community ecology. Dr Rossberg is author of over 40 peer-reviewed research articles and of a theoretical monograph on 'Food Webs and Biodiversity' (Wiley-Blackwell, in press). He represents the UK in the OSPAR expert group on D4 (food webs) MSFD indicators, is member of the ICES Working Groups on the Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Activities (WGECO) and multispecies assessments (WGSAM), and serves on the editorial board of The American Naturalist.
  • Dr Finlay Scott is a mathematical modeller, focussing on modelling fisheries systems and ecosystem interactions. His research interests include using Management Strategy Evaluation to evaluate and manage risk and uncertainty in natural resource systems. He is one of the lead developers of the FLR modelling framework.
  • Dr Beatriz Roel is a Fisheries scientist with wide experience in the assessment and management of pelagic resources and cephalopods. Member of the ICES Working Group for the assessment of Widely Dispersed Stocks (Mackerel, Horse mackerel, Sardine, Scandinavian Spring Spawning herring and Blue Whiting) and of the Herring Assessment Working Group. Active in the evaluation of multi-annual TAC approaches by means of simulation frameworks and in the development of biomass-based assessment tools.
  • Dr Jonathan Beecham is a Computer Modelling Specialist who has worked in areas of Marine ecology, Terrestrial Ecology and Applied Economics, specifically agent-based approaches and game theory. His interests lie in applying novel modelling approaches to a variety of problems in fisheries science. He develops computer software in a variety of languages including C++, Visual Basic and R.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.