John completed a PhD on freshwater fishes in Aberdeen in 1987 and then worked on deep sea fish, primarily in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, tracking their movements using ingestible acoustic pinger tags and autonomous robot vehicles. He then joined the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory (now Marine Scotland Science). John has conducted research in many disciplines related to fisheries management and provided scientific advice in a wide range of associated policy areas over 20 years at the laboratory, publishing in excess of 100 peer-reviewed papers. John heads the Freshwater Laboratory, with a remit that includes developing programmes for assessing population status of Atlantic salmon and sea trout and options for mitigating potential effects of climate change, marine renewable energy and aquaculture.
Simon has worked in fishery management for more than 25 years and is currently employed as Director of the Cromarty Firth Salmon Fishery Board and the Cromarty Firth Fishery Trust. Over this time he has gained a wide range of experience in all aspects of Scottish fishery management. Simon is a longstanding member of the Institute of Fisheries Management, is currently Chair of IFM Scottish Branch and also sits on IFM Training Committee and Council. The Institute of Fisheries Management is dedicated to evidence-based management supporting sustainable fisheries, native fish stocks and their habitats. IFM developed and delivers the training and examination system for fishery protection staff in Scotland. IFM also produced the 2012 Code of Practice for Fishery Management in Scotland.
Richard has been employed by SEPA since its inception in 1996 and prior to that he worked for the Highland River Purification Board. Originally trained as a chemist and working in SEPA’s laboratories, he has, since 1997, been involved in a number of aspects of regulation. Since 2005 Richard has specialised in the regulation of water resource activities, particularly hydro schemes. Richard is currently Chair of the SEPA Fish and Fisheries Advisory Group. He has a keen interest in the outdoors including hillwalking, cycling and gardening.
Ron is Director of Policy & Advice in Scottish Natural Heritage. He is Lead Director for the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Scientific Advisory Committee. He chairs the Scottish National Species Re-Introduction Forum.
Staff in SNH’s Policy & Advice Directorate are involved in freshwater and marine research and survey and provide advice to Scottish Government, public bodies and land managers on a range of issues affecting Fisheries.