Affiliation: Plymouth University, UK

Period: January - June 2017

Main research topic: Fisheries management

Supervisor: Melania Borit

"I am currently studying for my bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology.  I have come to realise that my research interests focus on how we as humans interact with the oceans, and our impacts on this major ecosystem.  We are consumers; marine resources are vital to many communities, and in our growing world this requires extensive research and management.  An incredibly important factor in the management process is clear and comprehensive communication between scientists and stakeholders to ensure policies are put in place to sustain the diversity of the marine ecosystem.  In my opinion these policies should also ensure that people are still able to eat, make a living, and maintain marine-based cultural heritage, which is important to so many.  There has been some disconnect between scientists, governments and stakeholders in their views on marine resource management and their priorities.  It is crucial that all parties are able to combine knowledge and work together, and this is something that I would like to learn more about, so that someday in the future I am able to effectively communicate scientific research with fishers and policy makers.  I am excited to work with and learn from the many researchers here at the NFH, in order to further consolidate my interests and future educational pathway!"         

Alexander HOLDGATE

Affiliation: Plymouth University, UK

Period: January - June 2016 (SAF21 intern)

Main research topic: Social science aspects of fisheries

Supervisor: Melania Borit

"As student of marine biology and oceanography, I have been made aware of the damaging effects poor marine resource management has had on marine environments globally.

Intense degradation of marine environments and the permanent altering of marine food web dynamics are particularly visible in cases of short sighted fisheries management schemes that have lead to undesirable outcomes such as overfishing, discards and the fishing down of marine ecosystems.

The need for stakeholders to invest in high quality, multidisciplinary research to better understand the drivers and features of complex socio-ecological systems such as fisheries will be of fundamental importance as the global demand for aquatic products increases beyond the sustainable yields of marine ecosystems.

As such, over the course of my internship with SAF21 I hope to increase my understanding of the socio-economic issues surrounding fisheries. In doing so, I hope to contribute to the development of interdisciplinary scientific research that forms the basis of sound management schemes, helping to increase the ability of marine ecosystems to produce biologically, socially, and economically sustainable benefits long into the future."


Affiliation: University of Edinburgh, UK

Period: September - December 2015

Main research topic: Q-methodology

Supervisors: Jorge Santos, Melania Borit


Affiliation: Ghent University, Belgium

Period: April - June 2015

Main research topic: Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU) fishing

Supervisors: Kåre Nolde Nielsen, Melania Borit

Leonie JORNA

Affiliation: Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Period: February - June 2015

Main research topic: Decision support systems for an ecosystem approach to fisheries management

Supervisors: Melania Borit, Kåre Nolde Nielsen