Dr Beth Mouat

Joint Head of Marine Science and Technology content

Joint Head of Marine Science and Technology

Tel: 01595 772310
Email: beth.mouat@uhi.ac.uk


Beth manages NAFC's Marine Science department with responsibility for marine research and development work in the fields of fisheries, marine spatial planning and aquaculture. Her role includes strategic and operational planning for the department, project and financial management and quality assurance. The role also includes liaising with key external groups and organisations such as industry representatives, Marine Scotland, MASTS, SAIC, and HIE. 

Beth continues to have an active role in the delivery of research and consultancy work relating to inshore fisheries and wider marine management. She has strong working links with Marine Scotland and has been involved in a range of projects which have provided advice to Marine Scotland and Inshore Fisheries Groups around Scotland.          

The NAFC Marine Centre is an academic partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands and Beth is an appointed member of the University Research and Knowledge Exchange Committee and co-convener of the Marine, Environmental Science and Engineering Research Cluster.  She is currently co-supervising four PhD students.

Specialities/research interests/skills

Fisheries biology, fisheries management, sustainable marine resource management.

Brief history

Beth completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology (Marine and Fisheries Biology) in 1998 at the University of Aberdeen, where she worked with NAFC on phytoplankton and jellyfish threats to aquaculture. She stayed on at Aberdeen University to complete an MSc in Marine and Fisheries Science in 1999, where she specialised in squid fisheries biology.

Following this she moved to the University of Glasgow to carry out her PhD researching Nephrops fisheries in the Clyde with UMBS Millport, and around Scotland with FRS Marine Laboratory (now Marine Scotland).

Following on from her studies, Beth worked for two years as an Inshore Fisheries Advisor for Scottish Natural Heritage, providing advice on all aspects of fisheries from biology to management. She was also involved in research projects on fisheries for Nephrops and Littorinids, and the development of GIS tools for shellfish fisheries management.

Beth was very keen to return to Shetland, and NAFC, and took up the post of Senior Shellfish Scientist in late 2005, following a period as Marine Farm Services Manager for SSQC.


Fraser, S., Shelmerdine, R.L., Mouat, B., 2018. Razor clam biology, ecology, stock assessment, and exploitation: a review of Ensis spp. in Wales. Welsh Government. 62 pp.

Dees, P., Bresnan, E., Edwards, M., Johns, D., Mouat, B., Whyte, C., Davidson, K., 2017. Harmful algal blooms in the Eastern North Atlantic Ocean. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114 (46): E9763-E9764. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1715499114.

Batts, L., Shucksmith, R., Shelmerdine, R.L., Macdonald, P., Mouat, B., 2017. Scotland's fishing industry - guidance for decision makers and developers. Fisheries Innovation Scotland. 21 pp.

Batts, L., Shucksmith, R., Shelmerdine, R.L., Macdonald, P., Mouat, B., 2017. Understanding and influencing the marine management and development processes - best practice guidance for fishers. Fisheries Innovation Scotland. 11 pp.

Shelmerdine, R.L., Shucksmith, R., Mouat, B., 2017. Fisheries management in the context of shared seas. Fisheries Innovation Scotland. 55 pp.

Shelmerdine, R.L., Mouat, B., Shucksmith, R., 2017. The most northerly record of feral Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas (Thunberg, 1793) in the British Isles. BioInvasions Records, 6: 57-60. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3391/bir.2017.6.1.09.

Shelmerdine, R.L., Mouat, B., 2015. A multidisciplinary approach to the collection and use of VMS data from an inshore scallop fishery. Edinburgh, Scotland: The Scottish Government. 23 pp.

Little, A., Bailey, N., Cook, R., Fox, C., Curtis, H., Heath, M., Marshall, T., Mouat, B., Fernandes, P., 2015. A review of Scotland's capture fisheries: stock status, knowledge gaps, research requirements and stakeholder engagement. Fisheries Innovation Scotland. 118 pp.

Shelmerdine, R.L., Stone, D., Leslie, B., Robinson, M., 2014. Monitoring habitats: how useful are points on a map, predicted habitats, and historic data?

Shelmerdine, R.L., Stone, D., Leslie, B. & Robinson, M., 2014. Implications of defining fisheries closed areas based on predicted habitats in Shetland: a proactive and precautionary approach. Marine Policy, 43: 184-199.

Leslie, B., 2014. Data Requirements for Inshore Fisheries Management. Marine Scotland. 21 pp.