Dr Beth Mouat

NAFC Marine Centre UHI
Port Arthur

tel: +44 (0)1595772310

Available to talk to the media about

  • Inshore Fisheries Management
  • Spatial Management of Fisheries
  • Integrating data (including spatial and environmental) in fisheries management
  • Shellfish fisheries
  • Shellfish biology

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Beth completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology (Marine and Fisheries Biology) in 1998 at the University of Aberdeen, where she worked with NAFC on phytoplankton and jellyfish threats to aquaculture. She stayed on at Aberdeen University to complete an MSc in Marine and Fisheries Science in 1999, where she specialised in squid fisheries biology.

Following this she moved to the University of Glasgow to carry out her PhD researching Nephrops fisheries in the Clyde with UMBS Millport, and around Scotland with FRS Marine Laboratory (now Marine Scotland Science).

Following on from her studies, Beth worked for two years as an Inshore Fisheries Advisor for Scottish Natural Heritage, providing advice on all aspects of fisheries from biology to management. She was also involved in research projects on fisheries for Nephrops and Littorinids, and the development of GIS tools for shellfish fisheries management.

Beth was very keen to return to Shetland, and NAFC, and took up the post of Senior Shellfish Scientist in late 2005, following a period as Marine Farm Services Manager for SSQC.

Beth now manages the Marine Science & Technology Department which provides research and development support and advice on Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Spatial Planning.

Current research

  • Management tools for integrating data and management in Inshore fisheries

Selected publications

  • Implications of defining fisheries closed areas based on predicted habitats in Shetland: a proactive and precautionary approach.
    Shelmerdine, R. L., Stone, D., Leslie, B. & Robinson, M. 1 Jan 2014 In : MARINE POLICY. 43, p. 184-199
  • Assessment of the appropriateness of areas closed to protect priority marine features from scallop dredging around Shetland.
    Shelmerdine, R. L., Robinson, M., Johnson, A., Leslie, B., Stone, D. & Tait, L. 2013 NAFC Marine Centre. 166 p.
  • Management measures for self propagated future recovery of crawfish, Palinurus elephas, in Welsh waters.
    Leslie, B. & Shelmerdine, R. L. 2012 Bangor: Countryside Council for Wales (CCW). 63 p.
  • Restocking of the native oyster in Shetland: habitat identification study.
    Shelmerdine, R. L. & Leslie, B. 2009 Shellfish News, 27, p. 10-12
  • Restocking of the native oyster, Ostrea edulis, in Shetland: habitat identification study
    Shelmerdine, R. L. & Leslie, B. 2009 Scottish Natural Heritage. 33 p.
  • Biological features of the Lophus piscatorius catch in Scottish waters.
    Laurenson, C., Dobby, H., McLay, A. & Leslie, B. 2 Jul 2008 In : ICES JOURNAL OF MARINE SCIENCE. 65, 7, p. 1281 - 1290
  • Shellfish environmental and biological monitoring programme: Feasibility Study
    Shelmerdine, R. L. & Leslie, B. 2008 NAFC Marine Centre. 26 p.
  • Spatial variability in velvet crab populations: a possible candidate for real time fisheries management.
    Leslie, B. & Shelmerdine, R. L. 2008 NAFC Marine Centre. 41 p.
  • Size variation of the common whelk, Buccinum undatum, over large and small spatial scales: Potential implications for micro-management within the fishery
    Shelmerdine, R. L., Adamson, J., Laurenson, C. H. & Leslie, B. 2007 In : FISHERIES RESEARCH. 86, 2-3, p. 201-206