Kathryn Allan

Marine Planning Officer content

Marine Planning Officer

Tel: 01595 772324
Email: kathryn.allan@uhi.ac.uk


Kathryn’s main role is to assist with the promotion and development of the Shetland Island’s Regional Marine Plan (SIRMP). In particular she uses her background and experience in inshore fisheries to undertake research to feed into the SIRMP which provides advice to developers and helps to guide sustainable marine use and development.

Specialities/Research Interests/Skills

Inshore fisheries science, marine planning, stock assessment, data analysis and processing, database development and management, marine species identification.

Brief History

Kathryn graduated from Plymouth University in 2006 with a BSc Hons in Animal Science. She moved to Shetland from Bristol in 2007 and took a part time position with the shellfish sampling team as a Shellfish Sampling Officer. Her main duties included meeting with shellfish growers in Shetland to collect samples to be tested for bio-toxins and E.coli on behalf of the Food Standards Agency. In 2008 she joined the fisheries team as a Shellfish Research Assistant in a second part time post alongside her current role. Kathryn took a full time position within the fisheries team in 2012 until 2018 when she moved into the Marine Planning Section. During her time in fisheries Kathryn was involved in undertaking and managing routine sampling work for the NAFC Marine Centre and also Marine Scotland Science, fisheries surveys, research projects and in the development and management of an innovative fisheries management tool used to combined fishers logsheet data, biological data and survey data to create the outputs required for stock assessment, along with real time data outputs for fisheries managers.