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Dr Nabeil Salama

Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 3205
E-mail: nabeil.salama@gov.scot  
Address: Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, ABERDEEN AB11 9DB

Research Interests

I am interested in developing simulation and analytical models for describing and investigating fish population dynamics. 

I lead a multidisciplinary team of fishery scientists who contribute towards the collection of data for stock assessments by: undertaking on board vessel observations, conducting market surveys, participating in research cruises, reading otoliths for determining fish age and managing and analysing data.  

My recent research has involved using models to investigate the transport of pathogens (viruses and bacteria) and parasites (sea lice) between fish farms to provide information on the possible structure of production unit areas for improved disease management, advise on intervention procedures, and develop new methodological approaches. I also have an interest in using datasets to parameterise and validate models.


I currently work alongside researchers from 31 institutions in 12 countries as part of an EU horizon 2020-funded project aimed at reducing discards in the fishing industry. I have recently collaborated with the Universities of Liverpool, Stirling and Muenster and CEFAS as part of a BBSRC/NERC-funded project investigating disease transmission within aquaculture production systems across Scotland, England and Wales. I am an honorary lecturer at the University of Aberdeen where I have co-ordinated a short Masters student lecture series on aquatic animal health and where I also supervise Masters and a PhD student. I was also a member of the scientific committee for a PhD student working at Havforskningsinstituttet and registered at the University of Bergen.

External Committees and Responsibilities

I Joined the MASTS Sustainable Aquaculture Forum and the Science and Research Working Group section of the Ministerial Working Group for Sustainable Aquaculture in 2013. I am an invited reviewer for several international scientific journals and research funding bodies and I am a member of the British Ecological Society’s Review College. I have participated in the Canadian Government's Science Advisory Secretariat peer review process for sea lice treatments.

Most Recent Publications

  • Harte AJ, Bowman AS, Salama NKG, Pert CC (2017) Factors influencing the long-term dynamics of larval sea lice density at East and West coast locations in Scotland. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 123: 181 – 192
  • Salama NKG, Murray AG, Christie AJ, Wallace IS (2016) Using fish mortality data to assess reporting thresholds as a tool for detection of potential disease concerns in the Scottish farmed salmon industry. Aquaculture 450: 283 – 288
  • Murray AG, Salama NKG (2016) A simple model of the role of area management in the control of sea lice. Ecological Modelling 337:39 – 47
  • Salama NKG, Murray AG, Rabe B (2016) Simulated environmental transport distances of Lepeophtheirus salmonis in Loch Linnhe, Scotland for informing aquaculture area management structures. Journal of Fish Diseases 39: 419 – 428
  • Wallace IS, Munro LA, Murray AG, Christie AJ, Salama NKG (2016) A descriptive analysis of Scottish farmed Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar L., movements identifies a potential disease transmission risks from freshwater movements. Journal of Fish Diseases 39: 1021 – 1025

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