Fish Ecologist position – Cambridge (UK) and Antarctica

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for a Fish Ecologist to join our Ecosystems team and conduct research into the demersal fish of the Sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. The research is part of a BAS project that engages with a range of stakeholders including GSGSSI, FCO and CEFAS to support the ecosystem-based sustainable management of the fisheries of South Georgia (

The successful post holder will undertake analysis of long-term demersal fish and larval fish datasets with the aim of providing new information on the role of these organisms on the wider Southern Ocean ecosystem. We are looking for someone with strong analytical skills and the ability to communicate their research to a broad audience. Though based in Cambridge, the post-holder will also have the exciting opportunity to carry out ship-based research in South Georgia.


To conduct research into aspects of the biology and ecology of the demersal fish of the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia. To provide new information on the role of fish in the wider Southern Ocean ecosystem to support the sustainable management of the region’s fisheries.


MSc in Marine Biology or equivalent.


– To undertake analysis of long-term demersal fish and larval fish datasets.
– Write scientific papers for peer review.
– Assist in the preparation of technical reports for stakeholders.
– Carry out key laboratory duties including otolith preparation.
– Participation on fisheries research surveys in the Southern Ocean.
– Carry out relevant field and/or laboratory-based research.
– Assist with any other duties within the accountabilities of the role as requested by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at


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Deadline for application: 1st March, 2018

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Fisheries experts required for peer-review college at Marine Stwardship Council (MSC)

MSC Peer Review College invites new applications from fisheries experts

The MSC Peer Review College provides peer reviewers for MSC fishery assessments, independently of the Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs) who manage each assessment.

The college is now inviting a second round of applications from experienced fisheries scientists and managers to act as occasional peer reviewers.

The college was approved by the MSC’s Board of Trustees in June 2017 to progress from its initial pilot stage. An overview of the College structure and other details are available on the MSC’s Program Improvements website.

Requirements and commitments

Candidates should have:

  • A university degree in fisheries, marine conservation biology, natural resources or environmental management or other relevant field; and/or at least 5 years management or research experience in marine conservation biology, natural resources or environmental management, relevant to fisheries research or management; and
  • Experience in at least one of the following competency areas: fish stock assessments, fish stock biology/ecology, fishing impacts on aquatic ecosystems, fishery management and operations (see the application form for further details).

Successful applicants will need to complete a series of online training modules. Assignments would be performed from the peer reviewer’s own location (not on site), normally for two days for each peer review, with more time allowed for fisheries with more than 2 target species or gear types. Up to 5 peer reviews per year could be assigned per reviewer.

Peer reviewers must act impartially and are required to notify the college of any potential conflicts of interest relating to any reviews they are offered (such as current or recent involvement in a fishery management agency to the extent that they could be reviewing the CAB’s interpretation of their own previous work).

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Deadline for application: 31st March 2018

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Multiple PhD and PostDoc positions at DTU Aqua, Copenhagen, Denmark

Sandeel. Photo: Mikael van DeursA number of PhD and Postdoc positions are available at DTU Aqua in Copenhagen.

See specific links for details




PhD Scholarship in Recreational Fisheries Research DTU Aqua 01 FEB 18
Researcher in Statistical Modeling for Fish Stock Assessment DTU Aqua 12 FEB 18
PhD Scholarship in Experimental Plankton Ecology DTU Aqua 15 FEB 18
Postdoc position within trait-based modeling of marine ecosystems DTU Aqua 15 FEB 18
PhD Scholarship in Trait Based Marine Ecology and Modelling DTU Aqua 15 FEB 18


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Vacancy for a Professional Officer at ICES Secretariat, Copenhagen, Denmark

The ICES Secretariat in Copenhagen is seeking applications for the role of Professional Officer.

The Professional Officer will help strengthen technical and scientific input towards ICES scientific advice, including the development of new products and deliverables. The Professional Officer shall possess competences and strong analytical skills related to quantitative fish stocks assessment methods and project management. Furthermore, the Professional Officer shall have an understanding of underlying data needs, the integration of ecosystem and environmental drivers, and the translation of science to scientific advice.

The selected candidate will play a valuable role in developing scientific advice for fisheries and management policies and work with every level of the ICES community, including a wide network of international scientists, industry representatives, and decision makers.

Main responsibilities

  • Assist with the production of advice on fish stocks and work across the Secretariat on wide ranging integrated and strategic issues (Advice, Data, and Science departments)
  • Lead advisory processes assigned to the Professional Officer
  • Support the ICES advisory work in respect of fisheries advice
  • Support the development of fisheries advice in respect of integrated fisheries and marine environmental policies, specifically through integrated benchmarks.

Qualifications and experience

The position will be filled by a scientist with extensive work experience in quantitative fish stock assessment, with a strong fisheries background, or related environmental sciences, and the following qualifications:

  • A degree from a recognized university in a marine related science discipline or mathematics/statistics or similar qualifications
  • At least five years’ professional experience, from relevant marine science research and/or an international organization
  • Ability to lead and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams comprised of people from diverse national and cultural backgrounds providing fisheries and ecosystem advice
  • Experience in scientific analysis of fisheries data and quantitative fish stock assessment methods for both long-lived and short-lived fish species
  • Knowledge of the main international fisheries and ecosystem related policies
  • Strong attention to detail, computer literacy and programming skills.

Terms of Appointment

The appointment will be full-time (38 hours per week, inclusive lunch breaks), for a four-year contract period starting preferably in early April 2018, or as soon as possible.

Deadline for application: 18th February 2018

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ICES Annual Scientific Conference 2018 in Hamburg, Germany

The ICES Annual Scientific Conference will take place in Hamburg, Germany, 24-27 September 2018

Deadline for abstract submission: 19th March

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3rd World Small-Scale Fisheries Congress, 22-26 October 2018 Chiang Mai, Thailand

Immagine_chiangmayTransdisciplinary and Transformation for the Future of Small-Scale Fisheries

The 3rd WSFC is a transdisciplinary forum for anyone interested in small-scale fisheries to participate in an interactive discussion about the future of the world’s small-scale fisheries.

The overall goal of the Congress is to facilitate opportunities for researchers, students, young professionals, practitioners, fishers and fishers’ organizations, environmental groups, and policymakers to share information about all aspects of small-scale fisheries and to formulate action plans and capacity development programs to support the implementation of the SSF Guidelines.​


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Deadline for Abstract submission: February 15th, 2018


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Aquaculture Scientist position at Marine conservation Society, Edimburgh, UK

The future of the fish supper is no longer guaranteed. 90% of the world’s wild capture fisheries are already being fished at or above their maximum capacity yet our demand for seafood is increasing. Aquaculture is rapidly expanding to fill that demand, but there are concerns about the environmental impacts and costs of this growth.

Consumer awareness regarding farmed fish and environmental issues surrounding their production has been increasing in recent years, it was this demand for knowledge that led to MCS and the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch program to publish consumer guides in the early 2000s. Since then we have gone on to help thousands of people understand more about the range and production of farmed and wild seafood. Our organisations have developed a number of tools to help businesses and consumers make responsible seafood choices including the MCS online Good Fish Guide and Seafood Watch sustainability ratings, along with associated pocket guides and smart phone apps for making decisions on the go.

In order to support this vital work, we are looking for an Aquaculture Scientist to join the MCS and Seafood Watch fisheries & aquaculture teams. The post holder will be based in the UK with MCS, but will be working on Seafood Watch priorities 60% of the time. The main duties will be research and maintenance of the comprehensive MCS aquaculture assessment database and also conducting assessments for Seafood Watch.

With your knowledge of aquaculture production methods, practices, species, management and impacts, you will be rigorous and detail-focused in researching new information and updating the existing knowledge on the state of global aquaculture production. You will use methodologies to produce sustainability assessments and comprehensive ratings reports for Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch® and the Marine Conservation Society’s Good Fish Guide.

Key Skills

  • Experience of working in the aquaculture or seafood sector, or specialist knowledge of the aquaculture industry, aquaculture production standards and practices
  • Proven ability to critically analyse information from diverse sources and use complex science-based databases
  • Advanced communication skills – able to write high quality scientific reports and present complicated information clearly in a range of formats to a wide variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experienced in confidently representing the organisation and our vision to potential and existing funders
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment, so you’re highly disciplined with your budgets and deadlines

MCS is the UK’s leading marine charity and our team work to ensure that our seas are healthy, pollution free and protected. Our reach is broad, which makes for an ambitious and challenging remit – to make your mark, apply using the information pack and application form.


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Deadline for application: January 14th, 2018

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