Telephone: +44 (0)131 244 2675
Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen AB11 9DB, Scotland, UK
I have been involved in a variety of research projects including commercial fisheries (fishing intensity layers, ScotMap, fisheries displacement modelling), marine mammals (the East Coast Marine Mammal Acoustic study), sea birds (Large Gulls Foraging Behaviour study), bathymetric surveys, ecosystem services evaluation, and other geospatial projects (participatory mapping, touchtables).
My current research focuses on the potential consequences of renewable energy developments on commercial fisheries both offshore and inshore. Recently, I started working on the development of a stochastic (bio-economic, multistock-multifishery) individual-based (i.e. on a per-vessel basis) model to study fishing effort displacement and the effect on vessels' fishing efficiency resulting from renewable energy sites.
Member of the European Union Member State Expert Group in Maritime Spatial Planning
Chair of Scottish Offshore Renewables Research Framework (SpORRAn): Fish and Fisheries Specialist Receptor Group (FFSRG)
ICES member of Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management Working Group
- Marine Collaboration Research Forum (MarCRFF) scholar (jointly run by Marine Scotland Science & University of Aberdeen)
- University of Aberdeen - Visiting Lecturer: Course co-ordinator at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen for the course “Applied Spatial Information Analysis” of the Master “Applied Marine and Fisheries Ecology” for 2013/14 and 2014/15.
- Member of the Moray Firth Offshore Wind Developers Group
- Member of the Forth & Tay Offshore Wind Developers Group
- Member of the UK Fishing Liaison with Offshore Wind and Wet Renewables Group
Most Recent Publications
Kafas, A., et al. (2017) Integration of fisheries into Marine Spatial Planning: The Scottish Example. Fisheries and Fishers in Marine Spatial Planning Conference. University of Nantes, France.
Kafas, A. and Pratt, D. (2016) Offshore Renewable Energy in Scotland – An overview. North Sea Commission workshop on Energy & Climate Change and Economic Development. Inverness, Scotland
Scientific Conferences & Publications
Rouse, S., Kafas, A., Catarino, R., and Hayes. P. (In press) Commercial fisheries use of oil & gas pipelines in the North Sea: impacts of decommissioning plans on fisheries, ICES Journal of Marine Sciences.
Kafas , A , McLay , A , Chimienti , M , Scott , B E , Davies , I & Gubbins , M (2017), ScotMap: Participatory mapping of inshore fishing activity to inform marine spatial planning in Scotland. Journal of Marine Policy, vol 79 , pp. 8-18 . DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2017.01.009
Kafas, A. Donohue, P., Davies, I., Murphy, E., and Scott, B. (In press) Fisheries displacement, - chapter in “Offshore Energy and Marine Planning” book, Taylor & Francis Publishers.