Rachel Shucksmith

job title: marine spatial planning manager
tel: 01595 772492

Rachel manages the Marine Spatial Planning section within the NAFC’s department Marine Science and Technology.  The section is responsible for delivering the Shetland Islands Regional Marine Plan, as well as undertaking applied research and consultancy projects relating or informing marine management and decision making.

Rachel trained and worked as a marine biologist before undertaking further post-graduate training in environmental decision making. Rachel is particularly interested in how different data types can be used as an evidence base to inform effective decision making, and how stakeholder engagement can improve data quality and acceptance. Over the last 15 years Rachel has led a number of projects that have required the use of multiple data sets to guide development and inform policy development. Many of this projects have been interdisciplinary in nature.

Research Interests

  • Link to my PURE web profile for the University of the Highlands and Islands
  • Data use to inform policy development
  • The use of GIS tools to guide marine development e.g. marine renewables
  • Integration of fisheries into marine spatial planning
  • Improving the integration of cultural ecosystem services into environmental decision making
  • Biosecurity planning and invasive species
  • Cumulative impact assessment

Publications

Reports

  • Shelmerdine, R. L., Shucksmith R., and Mouat, B. (2017); Fisheries management in the context of shared seas. Report for Fisheries Innovation Scotland, project FIS014.  Pp 54.
  • Shucksmith R. (2017) Shetland Islands Marine State of the Environment Assessment. NAFC Marine Centre.
  • Collin S. B., MacIver K., and Shucksmith R. (2015); A Biosecurity Plan for the Shetland Islands. NAFC Marine Centre Report, 66 pp.
  • Anon (2013) Shetland case study - Socio-economic dimensions in EU fisheries. Report to the ICES (2013) Report of the Joint HZG/LOICZ/ICES Workshop: Mapping Cultural Dimensions of Marine Ecosystem Services (WKCES), 17-21 June, Geesthacht, Germany. ICES CM 2013/SSGHIE:12. 70pp.
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  • Tweddle, J.F., Kelly, C, Shucksmith, R. (2013). Regional Locational Guidance for wave and tidal energy in the Shetland Islands May 2013. NAFC Marine Centre report. pp13.
  • Tweddle, J.F., Gray, L., Kelly, C., Marengo, I., Shucksmith, R. (2012). Regional Locational Guidance for wave and tidal energy in the Shetland Islands. NAFC Marine Centre report. pp32.
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Planning and Policy documents

  • NAFC Marine Centre (2013) Shetland Islands’ Marine Spatial Plan 4th Edition. pp 201
  • NAFC Marine Centre (2013) Shetland Islands’ Marine Spatial Plan 4th Edition: Marine Atlas. pp 64
  • NAFC Marine Centre (2013) SEA – Environmental Report for Shetland Islands’ Marine Spatial Plan 4th Edition pp182
  • NAFC Marine Centre (2013) HRA Records- Shetland Islands’ Marine Spatial Plan 4th Edition pp108