MAU analysts are currently working to design a strategic monitoring programme for fisheries which will, once implemented, provide insights into fishing trends and patterns over time and help us to predict fisher behaviour in response to future changes. Marine Scotland holds a wealth of data on fishing activity and the first step in designing the strategic monitoring plan is to conduct a review of existing datasets, how they can be used, and what they can tell us.
Another component of the design phase is to determine which are the best indicators to use for monitoring and understanding drivers of change in the fishing industry. An initial stage of this work, therefore, is to assess our current understanding of what drives and influences the behaviour of fishers. An intern is required to carry out this assessment through a two-part project which will:
- Gain an understanding of what policy makers consider to be the drivers of change through a set of targeted interviews with relevant officials in Marine Scotland
- Gain an understanding of the views of a small number of fisheries representatives on the same question
- Gain an understanding of the existing research on the topic through a literature review on the longer term historical trends in fishing activity exploring drivers of change in Scotland over the past 10 years
The review will explore different fleet segments and gear types, with a focus on the inshore fleet as this is where most interactions with marine developments occur.
The main objectives of the review are to:
- Conduct a review of literature, reports and articles on the subject in hand using a range of databases and the SG library service
- Conduct a small number of telephone/zoom meetings with Marine Scotland policy officials and fishing sector representatives
- Produce analytical outputs including a report and presentation that summarise key research questions
The intern will be a member of the Marine Analytical Unit and will be managed by a social researcher. They may be asked to undertake additional analytical tasks in the Marine Analytical Unit. Currently staff are working remotely /from home due to Covid-19. We do not know when we will return to offices so it is likely that the intern will also be required to work from home for the duration of the internship.