Top scientist takes sabbatical with Scottish fishermen – Fishupdate.com

Top scientist takes sabbatical with Scottish fishermen Published:  05 August, 2005

THE Scottish Fishermen’s Federation today announced that Dr Bill Turrell, Director of the Fisheries Management and Marine Ecosystems Programmes at the Scottish Executive Fisheries Research Services (FRS) Marine Laboratory, will join the Federation on Monday 8th August for a two week sabbatical.

Dr Turrell will shadow SFF CEO Bertie Armstrong and will write a report for the Federation on climate change and its impact on marine ecosystems.

Mr Armstrong said : “This is a real honour for the Federation. Dr Turrell is an internationally renowned expert and we are incredibly pleased that he has offered to undertake this important piece of work on our behalf. The impact of climate change on the distribution and breeding success of commercial fish species remains a key area of debate in Europe.

“It is hoped that Dr Turrell’s report will provide fresh perspective on the multitude of previously published ideas concerning the impact of climate change, and that his review will help inform future management discussions. His time within the office will also provide rare opportunity for daily dialogue and for free participation in Federation business. This sabbatical underlines Scotland’s firm commitment to increased collaboration between fishermen, scientists and managers.”

Dr Turrell joined FRS Marine Laboratory in 1986. In January 2003, he was appointed as Director of the Marine Ecosystems programme encompassing four areas of research: population biology, habitats and species, multi-species interactions, and oceanographic research and services. In October 2004, Dr Turrell also became Director of the Fisheries Management Programme. The additional science areas covered within this programme are: demersal fisheries, fish distribution and behaviour, fishery independent methods, fishing gear, inshore fisheries, pelagic fisheries, and statistics. Dr Turrell is a physical oceanographer with particular expertise in the oceanography of Scottish waters (sea lochs, the continental shelf, the North Sea and the north-east Atlantic), and its interaction with demersal and pelagic ecosystems. He has an active interest in climate change, its cause, and possible impact on the ocean system and its ecosystems.

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