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Dr Barry O'Neill

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 2667
E-mail: b.oneill@marlab.ac.uk or barry.o'neill@gov.scot
Address: Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, Scotland, UK

Research Interests

My current research is mainly concerned with understanding the physical impacts of towed fishing gears on the sea bed; discard reduction and the selectivity of commercial fishing gears; the behaviour and swimming performance of fish in relation to fishing gears; and the hydrodynamics of flow through netting and the mechanics of netting.


I collaborate with scientists throughout Britain and internationally and have been involved in many EU funded projects. I have very close collaborations with the School of Life Sciences and the School of Engineering, University of Aberdeen where I am an Honorary Lecturer and have co-supervised MSc and PhD students.

External Committees and Responsibilities

I am a member of the editorial board of the ICES Journal of Marine Science; the steering committee of DeMat, a Fisheries Engineering Conference held every two years; the ICES – FAO WGFTFB and I provide advice to the Scottish Government, EU – STECF and to ICES.

Most Recent Publications

  • O’Neill, F.G., Lines, E.K., Kynoch, R.J., Fryer, R.J. and Maguire, S. 2014. A short-term economic assessment of incentivised selective gears. Fisheries Research, 157, 13 – 23.
  • O’Neill F.G., Robertson, M., Summerbell K., Breen M. and Robinson, L.A., 2013. The mobilisation of sediment and benthic infauna by scallop dredges. Marine Environmental Research, 90, 104 – 112.
  • O’Neill F.G., Simmons S.M., Parsons D.R., Best J.L., Copland P.J., Armstrong F., Breen M. and Summerbell K. 2013. Monitoring the generation and evolution of the sediment plume behind towed fishing gears using a multibeam echosounder. ICES Journal of Marine Science, 70 (4), 892 – 903.
  • Brown, L., Bresnan, E., Summerbell K. and O’Neill F.G. 2013. The influence of demersal trawl fishing gears on the resuspension of dinoflagellate cysts. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 66, 17 – 24.
  • Vasilakopoulos, P., Marshall, C.T. and O’Neill, F.G., 2012. The temporal trends of the exploitation and status of NE Atlantic fish stocks illustrate the importance of immature fish. Fisheries Research, 134 – 136, 21 – 28.

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