Dr Shaun Fraser

Fisheries Scientist content

Fisheries Scientist

Tel: 01595 772239
Email: shaun.fraser@uhi.ac.uk

Description/Responsibilities

Shaun is a Fisheries Scientist with an interdisciplinary background currently working in the Fisheries Team within the Marine Science and Technology Department. He is engaged in a wide range of applied research, survey work, and consultancy projects related to inshore fisheries and marine management.

Shaun also supports the ongoing data collection and sampling programs for the Shetland Shellfish Management Organisation and Marine Scotland Science.

Specialities / Research Interests / Skills

Fisheries science, marine ecology, stock assessment, gear technology, acoustics, physical oceanography, marine renewable energy.

Brief History

Shaun graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Geophysics in 2009.

Following this, Shaun did a placement as an Environmental Consultant at Xodus Group before beginning a PhD research project at the University of Aberdeen (School of Engineering and School of Biological Sciences). In 2017, Shaun completed this interdisciplinary PhD, titled “Acoustic Investigation of the Hydrodynamics and Ecology of a Tidal Channel and the Impacts of a Marine Renewable Energy Installation”.

He then accepted his present position at the NAFC Marine Centre in 2017.

Shaun actively encourages collaboration with other institutions and has recently contributed to research projects in the Ria de Vigo, the Bay of Naples, and the Azores.

Publications

Journal Articles

Biggs, H., Nikora, V., Gibbins, C., Cameron, S. M., Papadopoulos, K., Stewart, M., Fraser, S., Vettori, D., Savio, M., O’Hare, M.T., Kucher. M., and Hicks, D.M., 2019. Flow interactions with an aquatic macrophyte: a field study using stereoscopic Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV). Journal of Ecohydraulics. In press. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/24705357.2019.1606677.

Fraser, S. and Angus, C.H. (2019). Trial of a new escape panel concept to reduce cod catches in a mixed demersal fishery. Fisheries Research, 213: 212-218. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2019.01.026.

Williamson, B., Fraser, S., Williamson, L., Nikora, V. and Scott, B., 2019. Predictable changes in fish school characteristics due to a tidal turbine support structure. Renewable Energy, 141:1092-1102. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2019.04.065.

Biggs, H., Nikora, V., Gibbins, C., Fraser, S., Papadopoulos, K., Green, D., Hicks, D., 2018. Coupling UAV and hydraulic surveys to study the geometry and spatial distribution of aquatic macrophytes. Journal of Ecohydraulics. 3: 45-58. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/24705357.2018.1466666

Fraser, S., Williamson, B.J., Nikora, V. and Scott, B.E., 2018. Fish distributions in a tidal channel indicate the behavioural impact of a marine renewable energy installation. Energy Reports. 4: 65-69. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egyr.2018.01.008

Fraser, S., Nikora, V., Williamson, B.J. and Scott, B.E., 2017. Hydrodynamic Impacts of a Marine Renewable Energy Installation on the Benthic Boundary Layer in a Tidal Channel. Energy Procedia. 125: 250-259. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.egypro.2017.08.169

Fraser, S., Nikora, V., Williamson, B.J. and Scott, B.E., 2017. Automatic active acoustic target detection in turbulent aquatic environments. Limnology & Oceanography: Methods. 15: 184–199. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/lom3.10155

Williamson, B.J., Fraser, S., Blondel, P., Bell, P.S., Waggitt, J.J. and Scott, B.E., 2017. Multisensor Acoustic Tracking of Fish and Seabird Behavior Around Tidal Turbine Structures in Scotland. IEEE Journal of Oceanic Engineering. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/JOE.2016.2637179

Reports

Fraser, S., Angus, C.H., and Riley, D., 2019. Separator panel development trial for a rock hopper trawl targeting Nephrops in the West of Scotland. NAFC Marine Centre report for the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG). pp 10.

Fraser, S., Angus, C.H., and Riley, D., 2019. Seine net development trial of experimental square mesh panel and internal cone concepts for the Shetland mixed demersal fishery. NAFC Marine Centre report for the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG). pp 8.

Wood, C., Angus, C.H., and Fraser, S., 2019. Movement and growth of commercially important juvenile fish in Shetland waters. NAFC Marine Centre report for FLAG project (SCO1712). pp 60.

Fraser, S., Angus, C.H., and Riley, D., 2019. Development trial of a 300 mm square mesh panel for bycatch reduction in the West of Scotland Nephrops fishery. NAFC Marine Centre report for the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG). pp 6.

Fraser, S., Angus, C.H., and Wood, C. (2019). Relating local industry perceptions and international stock assessment data with Shetland Inshore Fish Survey trends. NAFC Marine Centre report. pp 21.

Fraser, S., Witteveen, A., Angus, C.H., Riley, D., and Montgomerie, M., 2019. Improving selectivity in the Scottish Nephrops mixed fishery: assessment of an inclined separator trawl design and the effects of varying upper cod-end mesh size. NAFC Marine Centre report for the Gear Innovation and Technology Advisory Group (GITAG). pp 32.

Fraser, S., Angus, C.H., Hamilton, M., Wood, C., 2018. Overview of annual Shetland trawl survey data (2011 - 2018): catch rates and size compositions of commercial demersal fish species in nearshore waters. NAFC Marine Centre report. pp 18. Available online: https://www.nafc.uhi.ac.uk/research/inshore-fish-survey/

Fraser, S., Angus, C.H., Johnson, A., and Riley, D., 2018. Development and trial of a demersal otter trawl cod escape panel (EMFF project SCO1711): technical summary. NAFC Marine Centre report. pp 15. Available online: https://www.nafc.uhi.ac.uk/research/cod-escape-panel/

Henderson, L., Angus, C.H., Fraser, S., 2018. Distribution and relative abundance of demersal fish species in Shetland coastal waters: 2017 survey report. NAFC Marine Centre report. pp 61.

Fraser, S., Shelmerdine, R.L., and Mouat, B., 2018. Razor clam biology, ecology, stock assessment, and exploitation: a review of Ensis spp. in Wales. NAFC Marine Centre report for the Welsh Government. Contract number C243/2012/2013. pp 52. Available online: https://www.nafc.uhi.ac.uk/research/research-publications/review-of-razor-clams-in-wales/

Conferences and Workshops

Fraser, S., Angus, C.H., Johnson, A., Riley, D. and Hamilton, M., 2018. A new escape panel concept to reduce cod bycatch in the Scottish mixed demersal fishery. UHI Research Conference, Perth, UK.

Waggitt, J.J., Evans, P.G.H., Fraser, S., Cazenave, P.W., Masden, E.A., Robins, P.E., Robbins, A.M.C., Scott, B.E., Torres, R., Veneruso, G., Wade, H.M., Williamson, B.J. and Whitton, T., 2017. Quantifying top-predators’ use of the hydrodynamic features in coastal regions; applied and ecological consequences. 3rd ICES/PICES Early Career Science Conference, Busan, South Korea.

Fraser, S., Nikora, V., Williamson, B.J. and Scott, B.E., 2017. Target detection and turbulence characterisation for understanding fish behaviour. Fish Population Level Effects of In-Stream Tidal Turbines Workshop (invited), Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Scott, B.E., Fraser, S. and Williamson, B.J., 2017. Sensor platform approaches and findings at tidal sites in Scotland. Fish Population Level Effects of In-Stream Tidal Turbines Workshop (invited), Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Fraser, S., Williamson, B.J., Nikora, V. and Scott, B.E., 2017. Understanding the physical dynamics and ecological interactions in tidal stream energy environments. European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 (EGU2017), Vienna, Austria.

Wade, H.M., Martin, J.G.A., Chimienti, M., Edwards, E.W.J., Fraser, S., Williamson, B.J., Williamson, L. D., Wilson, J. and Scott B. E., 2016. Flying over rivers in the sea: understanding why seabirds forage in energetically demanding tidal races. The 13th International Seabird Group Conference, Edinburgh, UK.

Fraser, S., Nikora, V., Williamson, B.J. and Scott, B.E., 2016. Characterising turbulence in a tidal channel using observations from seabed platform deployments. The Challenger Society for Marine Science 17th Biennial Conference, Liverpool, UK.

Fraser, S., Williamson, B.J., Nikora, V. and Scott, B.E., 2016. Active acoustic monitoring in extreme turbulence around marine renewable energy devices. Acoustical Society of America 171st Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Williamson, B.J., Fraser, S., Blondel, P., Bell, P.S., Waggitt, J.J. and Scott, B.E., 2016. Integrating a multibeam and a multifrequency echosounder on the FLOWBEC seabed platform to track fish and seabird behavior around tidal turbine structures. Marine Energy Technology Symposium (METS), Washington D.C., USA.

Fraser, S., Nikora, V., Williamson, B.J. and Scott, B.E., 2016. Environmental Impacts of Marine Renewable Energy Devices: Field Observations from the FLOWBEC Platform. International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2016), Edinburgh, UK.

Williamson, B.J., Fraser, S., Blondel, P., Armstrong, E., Bell, P.S., Hall, C., Waggitt, J.J. and Scott, B.E., 2015. Insights into fish and seabird behaviour, hydrodynamic features and predator-prey interactions in marine renewable energy sites. ICES Symposium on Marine Ecosystem Acoustics, Nantes, France.

Fraser, S., Nikora, V., Williamson, B.J., Waggitt, J.J. and Scott, B.E., 2015. Hydrodynamic and Ecological Impacts of Turbine Structures: Insights from the FLOWBEC Platform. 4th Oxford Tidal Energy Workshop (OTEW 2015), Oxford, UK.

Williamson, B.J., Blondel, P., Waggitt, J.J., Fraser, S., Bell, P.S. and Scott, B.E., 2014. Field deployments of a self-contained subsea platform for acoustic monitoring of the environment around Marine Renewable Energy structures. International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE2014), Nova Scotia, Canada.

Fraser, S., Nikora, V., Scott, B.E., Waggitt, J.J. and Williamson, B.J., 2014. Turbulence, trophic interactions, and sustainable energy extraction. 2nd Environmental Impacts of Marine Renewables (EIMR 2014) Conference, Stornoway, UK.