Dr Ian Napier


Senior Policy Advisor

Ian Napier, staff

Tel: 01595 772308

Email: ian.napier@uhi.ac.uk


Ian's principal role is to provide advice, information and assistance on fisheries management, fisheries policy and related issues to Shetland Islands Council, Shetland's fishing industry and other organisations.  This includes monitoring the state of the Shetland fishing industry and the impacts of changes in management measures and other relevant factors, and involves working closely with Shetland's fisheries organisations.

Specialities/Research Interests/Skills

Fisheries management, fisheries policy and Shetland's fishing industry.  Also marine climate change in Shetland and the history of Shetland's fishing industry.

Brief History

Ian was born and grew up in Shetland.  After studying at the University of Aberdeen (BSc Hons Zoology) and the University Marine Biological Station Millport (PhD) he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, before returning to Shetland in 1995 when he joined the staff of the NAFC Marine Centre.

Since then, Ian has fulfilled a number of roles at the NAFC, including the development and delivery of new undergraduate and postgraduate courses in fisheries science.  He was also closely involved in the development of the Centre's fisheries research programme and of Shetland's local shellfish fisheries management system.



Napier, I.R., 2020. Shetland's Maritime Economy. NAFC Report, April 2020. 22pp.

Napier, I.R., 2019. Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2019. NAFC Report, November 2019. 18pp.

Napier, I.R., 2019. Shetland Fisheries Statistics 2018. NAFC Report, October 2019. 35pp.

Napier, I.R., 2018. Shetland Fisheries Statistics 2017. NAFC Report, November 2018. 35pp.

Napier, I.R., 2018. Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2018. NAFC Report, September 2018. 18pp.

Napier, I.R., 2018. The Potential Value to the UK Fishing Fleet of Larger Shares of the Landings from the UK EEZ. NAFC Report for Shetland Fishermen's Association, April 2018. 26pp.

Napier, I.R., 2017. Fish Landings from the UK EEZ and UK Landings from the EU EEZ in 2016. NAFC Report for Shetland Fishermen's Association, October 2017. 82pp.

Napier, I.R., 2017. Shetland Fisheries Statistics 2016. NAFC Report, October 2017. 32pp.

Napier, I.R., 2017. Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2017. NAFC Report, July 2017. 24pp.

Napier, I.R., 2017. Whitefish Landings in Shetland and the Impact of the Electronic Auction. NAFC Report for Shetland Fish Producer’s Organisation and Shetland Seafood Auction Ltd., May 2017. 18pp.

Napier, I.R., 2017. Fish Landings from the UK Exclusive Economic Zone and UK Landings from the EU EEZ. NAFC Report for Shetland Fishermen's Association, January 2017. 124pp.

Napier, I.R., 2017. Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2016. NAFC Report, January 2017. 18pp.

Napier, I.R., 2016. Fish Landings from the United Kingdom's Exclusive Economic Zone: by area, nationality and species. NAFC Report for Shetland Fishermen's Association, November 2016. 95pp.

Napier, I.R., 2016. Fish Landings from the United Kingdom’s Exclusive Economic Zone, and UK Landings from the European Union’s EEZ. NAFC Report for Shetland Fishermen's Association, October 2016. 124pp.

Napier, I.R., 2016. Shetland Fisheries Statistics 2015. NAFC Report, October 2016. 32pp.

Napier, I.R., 2015. Collection of Data to Inform the Implementation of a Discards Ban. Final Report, Fishing Industry Science Alliance (FISA) project, March 2015. 62pp.

Napier, I.R., 2014. Discarding by Shetland’s Whitefish Vessels: Data from the SFA’s Discards Tally Books. NAFC Report for Shetland Fishermen's Association, July 2014. 16pp.

Napier, I.R., 2011. Comparison of Industry and Scientific Perceptions of the North Sea Whiting Stock. Final Report, Scottish Industry Science Partnership (SISP) project, December 2011. 228pp.

Dawson, A., Napier, I., Davies, N., McIlveny, J. (2011). A review of SOTEAG monitoring data and other long term environmental series from Shetland. Sullom Oil Terminal Advisory Group (SOTEAG) Report.

Napier, I. (2006). A Preliminary Analysis of CPR and Other Environmental Data for the Waters Around Shetland. NAFC Report.

Book Chapters

Napier, I.R., 2017. The Moder Dy: Steering by the Waves in Shetland’s Seas. In Jennings, A, Reploeg, S. & Watt A. (eds.) Seascapes and Dreamscapes: Northern Atlantic Islands and the Sea. Cambridge Scholars. Pp. 113-124.

Napier, I.R., 2015. A Long and Proud History (History of Fishing in Shetland). In P. Riddell (ed.). Shetland Fishermen Yearbook 2016. The Shetland Fishermen’s Association. pp. 9-18.

Napier, I.R., 2005. Fisheries Management at the Millennium: Perspectives from an Island Community. In Potts, J.S. & Smith, H.D. (eds.) Managing Britain’s Marine and Coastal Environment. Routledge & National Maritime Museum. pp. 102-118.

Napier, I.R., 2002. Development and Management of Crab Fisheries in Shetland, Scotland. In A.J. Paul, E.G. Dawe, R. Elner, G.S. Jamieson, G.H. Kruse, R.S. Otto, B. Sainte-Marie, T.C. Shirley, and D. Woodby (eds.). Crabs in Cold Water Regions: Biology, Management, and Economics. University of Alaska Sea Grant, AK-SG-02-01, Fairbanks. pp. 705-716.

Academic Journals

Bullough, L.W., Napier, I.R., Laurenson, C.H., Riley, D., Fryer, R.J., Ferro, R.S.T and Kynoch, R.J. (2007).  A year-long trial of a square mesh panel in a commercial demersal trawlFisheries Research, 83: 105-112.