Dr Coby Needle
Fisheries Assessment and Advice Programme Manager
Chief Fisheries Advisor for Scotland
Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, UK
Details of specialism
My work falls into four main areas:
- advice on marine fisheries and fish stocks to policy colleagues, fisheries managers and all relevant stakeholders
- stock assessment (principally North Sea demersal species) and method development
- people and resource management for the Fisheries Assessment and Advice Programme, and an active member of the MSS Board
- teaching and student supervision through ICES and academia
The main driver behind this work is to try and ensure sustainable use of our marine ecosystems while maintaining the viability of fishing fleets and dependent coastal communities. Within the broad science topic areas, my particular foci currently include:
- development of methods for survey-based assessment and advice
- spatial assessment and advice approaches for cod in the North Sea and neighbouring areas
- scientific applications of fisheries data from remote electronic monitoring (including VMS and CCTV)
Main policy links
- Scottish Government: Marine Scotland (Sea Fisheries, Compliance)
- UK Government: Defra
External committees and responsibilities
- Scottish/UK Government adviser on marine fisheries
- member of the ICES Working Group on the Assessment of Demersal Stocks in the North Sea and Skagerrak
- UK alternate member for the ICES Advisory Committee (ACOM)
- member of the ICES Advice Drafting Groups for the North Sea and Celtic Seas
- member of the NEAFC Permanent Committee on Management and Science (PECMAS)
- member of the North East Scotland Fisheries Development Partnership (NESFDP)
- member of the Fisheries Innovation Scotland Technical Advisory Committee
- invited reviewer for several scientific journals
- active review member of the US Center for Independent Experts
- honorary lecturer at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen
- strong collaborative links with both government and academic colleagues in the UK, Europe, North America and Australasia
Papers of relevance
Needle CL (2015) Using self-testing to validate the SURBAR survey-based assessment model. Fisheries Research 171, 78–86.
Needle, CL, Dinsdale R, Buch TB, Catarino RMD, Drewery J and Butler N (2015) Scottish science applications of Remote Electronic Monitoring. ICES Journal of Marine Science 72, 1214-1229.
French G, Mackiewicz M, Fisher M, Holah H, Kilburn R, Campbell N and Needle CL (2019) Deep neural networks for analysis of fisheries surveillance video and automated monitoring of fish discards. ICES Journal of Marine Science 77, 1340-1353.
Needle CL (2016) North Sea haddock: The EU-Norway management procedure evaluation. In C Edwards and DJ Dankel (eds), Management science in fisheries: an introduction to simulation-based methods. Routledge, Oxon and New York, Chapter 12 pp. 232–256.
Rindorf A, Cardinale M, Shephard S, Oliveira JAAD, Hjorleifsson E, Kempf A, Luzenczyk A, Millar C, Miller DCM, Needle CL, Simmonds J and Vinther M (2017) Fishing for MSY: using “pretty good yield” ranges without impairing recruitment. ICES Journal of Marine Science 74(2), 525–534.
Details of linked research pages
Marine Scotland Science
PO Box 101
375 Victoria Road
+44 (0)131 244 2500