The fishermenscientists, and partners working on this collaborative project are introduced below, learn more about who they are and what drives them.

The Scientists


Stuart Hetherington - Marine Biologist at Cefas

As a Marine Biologist at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) since 2001, Stuart has experience in a range of scientific fields, specialising in scientific studies involving fish tagging progammes, with the deployment of over 625 electronic Data Storage Tags and 10 satellite tags on a range of marine fish species, over 40 seperate fish tagging missions.

Rather than the more traditional approaches of fisheries science, Stuart invests his time in making things happen through collaborative research between fishermen, scientists and other stakeholders to collect data to better inform policy decisions. At the current time, Stuart's work relates to elasmobranch (shark, skate and ray) by-catch, discard survival, movement and distribution - specifically that of spurdog, common skate, porbeagle and thornback ray.

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Victoria Bendall - Behavioural Ecologist at Cefas

Victoria Bendall is an elasmobranch specialist, and part of the Shark By-Watch UK team at lead partner organisation Cefas. As a lead in the original Shark ByWatch project, Victoria helped to train fishers in data collection techniques and ran participatory workshops. Victoria's specialty is in pioneering telemetry based research into the behaviour and ecology of a number of marine and freshwater fish species, including cod, bass, sole, salmon, sea trout, thornback ray, common skate, spurdog, porbeagle, and basking shark. Throughout her career, she has been heavily involved in research projects that focus on cross-linking telemetry studies with stakeholder engagement to inform policy.

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Joe Scutt Phillips - Marine Ecologist at Cefas

Joe has worked in fisheries biology and ecology at Cefas since 2008. He has spent extensive time overseas researching fish behaviour in the context of developing management measures that keep fisheries sustainable, yet viable to stakeholders. He has worked at sea in a variety of locations, from winter in the North Sea to the height of summer in the equatorial Pacific.

Joe's interests lie in examining animal behaviour using a combination of tagging, real-time data analysis and simulation tools, to explore why certain fish species may be more or less vulnerable to capture. Taking a pragmatic approach to research, he aims to produce scientific advice that is of real benefit to individuals and communities that rely on marine resources for their livelihood and food security.


Bryony Townhill - Marine Ecologist at Cefas

Bryony has been at Cefas since 2012; prior to that, she spent five years working in aquatic science. Her work mainly focuses on assessing the potential effects of climate change on the marine environment, including on fish and fishing, with particular emphasis on how UK industries and policy can adapt to these coming changes. She started working on the Shark By-Watch UK 2 project in 2015, undertaking thornback ray tagging trips along the east coast of England.



Rose Nicholson - Geographic Information Systems Analyst at Cefas

A technical specialist with a background in biological sciences, Rose has been working at the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) since 2013, providing maps and spatial analyseis to facilitate data management, support scientific studies and inform policy. She enjoys working on survey design, and is particularly interested in the spatiotemporal distribution of spurdog, skates and rays.




Samuel Roslyn - Fieldworker

After graduating from Bangor University in 2013, Sam joined the Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas) in 2014 and has since been involved in the Shark By-Watch UK 2 field studies.  Sam has co-ordinated the fishery-dependant field work in the Wash involving 4 vessels, training skippers and crew in data collection methods.  Sam is also responsible for the biological sampling and processing of returned, tagged sharks, skates and rays.



The Partners

The Shark By-Watch 2 project is built upon a strong partnership between a mulit-stakeholder consortuim including: