Research

The NAFC Marine Centre carries out a range of applied research and development projects in subjects relevant to the fishing and aquaculture industries, marine spatial planning and the marine environment in general.

The Centre collaborates closely with maritime industries and other interested parties to answer key questions, and to develop knowledge, technology or best practice, through applied research and development projects. These projects take advantage of the Centre's location, facilities, expertise and close links with maritime industries.

The Centre can also carry out research, survey and other services on a contract or consultancy basis.

Recent Reports and Projects

Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2018

A summary of the latest scientific information on the state of Scottish fish stocks, and their levels of exploitation.

The report can be downloaded here (pdf).

September 2018

Shetland Fisheries Statistics - 2017 - Summary

An overview of fish landings in Shetland in 2017. A more detailed analysis will be published later in the year when the necessary data become available.

The report can be downloaded here (pdf).

September 2018

The Potential Value to the UK Fishing Fleet of Larger Shares of the Landings from the UK EEZ

An analysis of fisheries data to provide estimates of the potential value to the UK fishing fleet of larger shares of the fish and shellfish currently landed from the UK’s Exclusive Economic Zone (UK EEZ). (See also previous reports on related subjects.)

30th April 2018

Development and Trial of a Demersal Otter Trawl Cod Escape Panel

Preliminary trials of an innovative experimental trawl net designed to reduce bycatches of cod which showed very promising initial results.

April 2018

Razor Clam Biology, Ecology, Stock Assessment, and Exploitation: a Review of Ensis spp. in Wales

A review commissioned by the Welsh Government of the biology, ecology and distribution of, and fisheries for, razor clams in Wales, and of potential stock assessment methods.

March 2018

Fish Landings from the UK EEZ and UK Landings from the EU EEZ in 2016

An analysis of fisheries data to provide estimates of the quantities of fish landed from the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (UK EEZ) by UK and EU fishing boats and by UK fishing boats from the EU EEZ in 2016. (See also previous reports on the same subject.)

October 2017

Shetland Fisheries Statistics 2016

A detailed analysis of fish landings in Shetland and by Shetland fishing boats.

October 2017

Data Limited Fish Stocks in the Northern North Sea

A project to collect additional biological and fishery data for a number of data limited fish stocks which are of commercial importance to the Shetland fishing industry, including monk (angler), megrim, plaice, lemon sole, hake and ling.

July 2017

Trends in Scottish Fish Stocks 2017

A summary of the latest scientific information on the state of Scottish fish stocks, and their levels of exploitation.

July 2017

Whitefish Landings in Shetland and the impact of the electronic auction

An analysis of whitefish landings in Shetland over the last 40 years with a view to assessing what, if any, effect the introduction of the electronic auction has had on landings of whitefish the islands.

May 2017

Identifying Potential Candidate Species in the Shetland Demersal Fishery for a Discard Ban Survival Exemption

An investigation of potential candidate species for survival assessments in the mixed demersal fishery in the northern North Sea, with a view to identifying species that might be eligible for an exemption to the discard ban due to their high survival rates.

May 2017

Fish Landings from the UK Exclusive Economic Zone and UK Landings from the EU EEZ - 2011 - 2015

An analysis of fisheries data to provide estimates of the quantities of fish landed from the UK Exclusive Economic Zone (UK EEZ) by UK and EU fishing boats and by UK fishing boats from the EU EEZ over the period from 2011 to 2015. (See also previous reports on the same subject.)

January 2017

Can Seaweed be a Viable Industry in Shetland?

A project funded by the Coastal Communities Fund to investigate the feasibility of growing and harvesting seaweed on a commercial scale in Shetland.

2017