Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association   Chief Scientific Officer   The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association (SFPA) based in Fraserburgh seeks a Chief Scientific Officer, to work with the pelagic sector by collecting and analysing industry data to be used in stock assessments and management, and also providing stock advice to the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association. The post will be for five years in the first instance, with an attractive salary for the right candidate.   The Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association has been promoting and protecting the interests of the Scottish pelagic fishing fleet for 84 years at national and international level.  The Scottish pelagic fleet remains at the forefront of European fishing for pelagic species such as mackerel, herring and blue whiting.  The primary activity of SPFA is maximising the fishing opportunities available to its 23 member vessels attached to three branches located at Fraserburgh, Peterhead and Shetland.  Stock sustainability is a key Association principle demonstrated by having five fisheries in the Marine Stewardship Council programme.   The duties of the Chief Scientific Officer will include:

  • Development of a scientific data-collation strategy for the SPFA that includes the innovative and efficient use in assessment and advice of fishery data from the Scottish pelagic fleet.
  • Liaison between the SPFA and relevant marine science organisations including Marine Scotland Science, providing direction and forging a closer relationship between the Association and the scientific community.This will include the implementation and management of collaborative research projects.
  • Representation of the SPFA in scientific groups, activities and projects in which the Association is engaged, and participation in the Pelagic Advisory Council.
  • Provision of advice to the SPFA on stock assessment and scientific advice for stocks that are relevant to the Association, and communication of SPFA scientific work to relevant bodies.
  • Contribution to the process of MSC certification of Scottish pelagic fisheries.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • A suitable academic qualification in Marine Biology, or a related subject.
  • The ability to work collaboratively with a range of colleagues and present to diverse audiences.
  • Experience of the Scottish fishing industry, ideally for pelagic stocks.
  • Experience in acoustics would be advantageous although not essential.
  • Experience of stock assessment modelling used in international fish stock management and related data analysis methods (including database generation and maintenance).
  • The ability to work at sea in commercial and research fishing vessels.

Applications (including a covering letter and CV) should be sent to Mr Ian Gatt by Friday, 19 February 2016.   Weblinks Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association – http://www.scottishpelagic.co.uk Scottish Pelagic Sustainability Group – http://www.scottishpelagicsg.org   Scottish Pelagic Fishermen’s Association 1 Frithside Street Fraserburgh Aberdeenshire AB43 9AR