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Postgraduate research project

Protecting the Marine environment: Understanding how resources shocks could help enhance sustainability of marine fisheries

Competition funded
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Type of degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Entry requirements
2:1 honours degree
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Faculty graduate school
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
Closing date

About the project

Investigate the response of the UK fishing fleet to systemic shocks. In this project, you will seek to quantify the influence of Brexit, the pandemic and the war in Ukraine on fishing activity, jobs and profits and fish populations.

You will also focus on how such shocks might be used to positively enhance resource resilience and marine sustainability. It is an opportunity to influence policy to help better manage the conservation of the ocean.

Our oceans are threatened by a range of human activities that change entire marine ecosystems, including overfishing. Despite efforts to manage the harvest of marine fish more sustainably, several stocks remain at levels below that considered within safe biological limits. To enhance sustainability, there is a need to form robust management decisions based on the best available evidence.

Your aim would be to quantify how the fisheries resource, comprising both ecological (e.g., fish population status) and social-economic (fishing activity, job creation, profits) domains, respond to these interacting systemic shocks. Understanding how the industry responds to shocks may shed light on how to manage marine fisheries in the face of today’s major challenges, including biodiversity loss and climate change.

You will be keen to join a vibrant and diverse interdisciplinary team that nurtures innovation and creativity. If successful, you would get the opportunity to develop new skills such as in the analysis of social media and geospatial, for example using machine learning.

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