PhD: Defining maximum sustainable yield for data poor fisheries: the case of the elasmobranch fisheries in the Irish Sea

An opportunity has a risen for a suitably qualified and strongly motivated graduate to  undertake a PhD as part of a collaboration between the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) and the Marine Institute (Ireland). The student will conduct their research as part of MYFISH (Maximising yield of fisheries while balancing ecosystem, economic and social concerns): a multi-partner project (on which the Marine Institute is a partner) funded under the EU 7th framework programme.

This PhD programme will focus specifically on the elasmobranch fisheries of the southern Irish Sea as a model system for a applying the MSY concept to data-poor situations. Measures of yield that are appropriate to this fishery will be defined and quantified and changes over time will be evaluated relative to fishing effort. Appropriate constraints on MSY variant outcomes will be identified (ecosystem, economic, social indicators). Dietary and stable isotope analyses will be used to define trophic structure. The effects of biological and technical interactions on MSY variants will be evaluated and MSY proxies developed using food web models.

Application deadline: 25th May 2012

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