Collaborations with other groups and projects

Research Collaborations

• QUB Modelling group member, Jennifer Houle, is a member of the IndiSeas (Indicators for the Seas) network, where she is collaborating on research to test the performance of ecological indicators using a multi-model and multi-ecosystem study. She is leading the research testing the specificity of indicators to fishing in the presence of environmental change. Her collaboration is based on her Beaufort work testing the sensitivity and specificity of indicators to fishing, published in the Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.

• Research collaboration of CMRC researchers (M. Cronin & M. Jessopp) with marine mammal scientists at Sea Mammal Research Unit SMRU St Andrews, including direct involvement of senior scientist Dr Paddy Pomeroy and researcher William Patterson at SMRU in seal telemetry research in SW Ireland, contributing to fieldwork in Feb 2009 and March 2011 and in ongoing data transfer and analysis. Plans in place for co-authorship on papers. This contributes to task 4.3.

• Involvement of CMRC researchers (M. Cronin and M. Jessopp) in cross-border initiatives with Scotland Wales/France to develop a collaborative seal photo-id database to better understand grey seal movements and population parameters in the NE Atlantic. Recent training of CMRC staff by SMRU in use of photo-id matching model. March 2011. Contributes to task 4.1.

• Collaboration between CMRC (M. Cronin &M. Jessopp) and Centre for Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) St Andrews Scotland (Dr. Monique McKenzie & Dr Carl Donovan) in modelling of seal telemetry data (plans to co-author papers). April-June 2011. Contributes to tasks 4.3 and 4.4.

• Collaboration between CMRC (M. Jessopp & M Cronin) and Institute of Zoology/Oxford University London (Dr Tom Hart) in analysis of seal telemetry data. M. Jessopp to visit and work on joint paper in May. April 2010, May 2011. Contributes to task 4.3 and 4.4.

• Collaboration between National Parks and Wildlife Staff (numerous) and CMRC (M Cronin and M Jessopp) in seal capture and tag deployment Feb 2009, April 2010, March 2011. Contributes to task 4.3.

• Collaboration between CMRC (M. Jessopp & M. Cronin) and University of Exeter (Dr Thomas Bodey) on seabird telemetry fieldwork and data transfer (June 2010; July-Aug 2011) Contributes to task 4.3 and 4.5.

• Collaboration between CMRC (M Cronin & M Jessopp) with BEEs University College Cork (Prof. Tom Cross and Dr. Emer Rogan) in aspects of seal diet including a study on DNA based evidence of salmon in seal diet (2010-2011). Contributes to task 4.1.

• Collaboration between CMRC (M Jessopp) with BEES University College Cork (Dr Tom Kelly) in analysis of at-sea bird distribution data and production of book chapter. Contributes to task 4.3

• Collaboration between BIM (Ronan Cosgrove), Marine Institute (Dave Reid) and CMRC (M Cronin & M Jessopp) in a study on seal depredation and by-catch (March 2011-March 2012). Contributes to task 4.2.

• CMRC (M Cronin) is currently pursuing collaboration with Professor Noel O Connor DCU working on Beaufort award on ‘Sensors and communications systems for the marine environment’ (remote sensors to assess seal population at haul-out sites) April 2011. Will contribute to task 4.1.

• Research exchange visits between the QUB team and workers at the Technical University of Denmark, (DTU) Danish Fisheries Research Institute and collaboration with Marine Scotland (Fisheries Research Services) and CEFAS in England have continued throughout the reporting period.

• QUB are maintaining close and productive collaborations with DTU Aqua (formerly Danish Fisheries Research Institute), the Applied Systems Analysis, Austria, and FRS (MarineLab) in Scotland as well as less formal links with scientists in CEFAS (England); IFREMER (Nantes), Umea University, Imperial College (London University), Aberdeen University and various Japanese centres. We collaborate with non-Beaufort funded colleagues in the Marine Institute (RoI) too.

• Mike Fitzpatrick (CMRC) with Dave Reid have set up collaboration with Jan Hiddink of Bangor University, Wales, UK, on the development of modelling to generate fishery impact maps by habitat and gear type for Irish waters and particularly for the candidate ecosystem areas.

• Mike Fitzpatrick (CMRC) with Dave Reid have set up collaborations with Dr Aaron Hatcher (University of Plymouth), and Dr Luc van Hoof (LEI – Netherlands). Immediately this is being developed using a Beaufort Master Class on Fisheries Governance to be held in May 2011.

• Mike Fitzpatrick, Dave Reid & Norman Graham have also collaborated with Dominic Rihan (EC, DG-Mare and ex of BIM) and Phil MacMullen of SeaFish UK, on publications and presentations.

• Emer Rogan & Susie Brown are working with Dr Peter Evans – Sea Watch Foundation. Peter Evans presented a talk “Using long-term datasets to assess the potential risk of ship strike to cetaceans in the ASCOBANS region” at the 25th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Cadiz, Spain, 21-25 March. Dr Evans described how he derived relative densities of cetaceans from a 20 year dataset of cetacean surveys, JNCC ESAS. These densities are available, with numbers per unit effort, plotted on a grid cell basis, by season, for different cetacean groupings. Task 3.4.1 requires the profiling and mapping of spatial and temporal distribution of cetaceans and therefore we have secured collaboration with Dr Evans which will enable us to incorporate this information into Task 3.4.1. In addition to securing use of the information we will be approaching all holders of the primary data sources to secure all necessary permissions to use the data.

• Emer Rogan & Susie Brown are working Dr Andrew Foote (University of Copenhagen). As a result of observations on the mackerel/horse mackerel fisheries, have established collaboration with Dr Foote and will seek funding through ASCOBANS for a PhD student to investigate the killer whale-trawl interaction more fully. This will help us further in investigating temporal and spatial distribution (Task 3.4.1), elucidate which “ecotype”/population of killer whale in the NE Atlantic uses this specific type of foraging strategy (WP 5) and will also allow us to assess the risk of this strategy, in terms of fisheries interactions and foraging.

• Emer Rogan, Susie Brown & Dave Reid will convene an Expert panel – defining selectivity scoring attributes. Work is currently underway to gain the support of a series of experts in areas such as gear selectivity, marine mammals and seabirds to form an expert panel. This panel will then define, in a work shop setting, the selectivity scoring attributes for a range of gear types. These attributes will then be used in the Level 2 Productivity Susceptibility Analysis of the Risk Assessment. A number of people have already been approached, including Mike Pol (NOAA and current chair of ICES WGFTFB), Hans Polet & Jochen Depestele (Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research, Belgium) Dominic Rihan (EU Commission), Ronan Cosgrove (BIM) and Dr Simon Northridge (SMRU and current chair of the ICES working group WG BYC).

• Dave Reid has an ongoing collaboration with the Commercial Fisheries Research Group at Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, and in particular Drs Sam Shepherd, Deirdre Brophy, Rick Officer and Coilin Minto

• Dave Reid has established strong links with the School of Ocean Science at Bangor University North Wales, and in particular Prof Michel Kaiser and Dr Jan Hiddink. He co-supervised an MSc student with Prof Kaiser in 2011.

• Research exchange visits between the QUB team and workers at the Technical University of Denmark, (DTU) Danish Fisheries Research Institute and collaboration with Marine Scotland (Fisheries Research Services) and CEFAS in England have continued throughout 2008/9.

Collaborations with industry

• Paul Connolly, Dave Reid, Norman Graham, Olly Tully, Colm Lordan, Ciaran Kelly, Mike Fitzpatrick and others are regular members of the Irish Fisheries Science Research Partnership with industry reps. The project and its components have been presented and discussed and significant input from industry taken on board

• As part of QUB stakeholder engagement effort the team participated in the ‘Sustainable Ocean Summit’ held in Belfast, 2010. This was an international meeting of mostly commercial stakeholders who extract from world oceans.

• Fitzpatrick, T.M. 2009-2011. Invited member of the Celtic Sea Herring Management Committee. Contributed to discussions on Long Term Management Plan for Celtic Sea Herring re adaptive management and social aspects and access restrictions in global pelagic fisheries.

• Fitzpatrick, T.M. & Reid D.G. 2010. Contributed to Pelagic RAC workshop on implementation of the ecosystem approach, Amsterdam, November 2010.

Training and Education contributions

• Mark Jessopp: Lecture on seabird telemetry including current work on puffins from Skelligs given to MSc Marine Biology students in UCC
• Susie Brown: Lectures to Marine Biology Masters UCC Stable Isotopes: an introduction to applications in ecological studies Seal ecology, abundance and distribution
• Mike Fitzpatrick: Lectures in Sustainable Fisheries - UCC Geography Department Coastal Management and GIS MA Lectures are on Biological Oceanography, Fisheries Science and Fisheries Management National Maritime College in Ringaskiddy to 4th Year students in Marine Science.
• Dave Reid: Lectures to Marine Biology Masters UCC Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management: Where we are Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management: Problems & Solutions Joint Supervision of MSc Student (Holly Truszkowska) – School of Ocean Sciences Bangor University, UK – including 2 week placement in MI.
• Axel Rossberg: Lectures on Experimental Design and Statistics for undergraduates at QUB