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Dr Sally Rouse

Renewables and Energy Programme
Offshore Energy and Environmental Advice Group
OEEA Group Leader


Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB, UK

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Details of specialism

I specialise in researching, and advising on, the marine environmental impacts of deploying and decommissioning offshore oil and gas infrastructure. 

Within the broad topic area my particular focuses currently include:

  • understanding the interactions between commercial fisheries and the oil and gas industry
  • benthic impacts of oil and gas extraction
  • artificial reef ecology

Main policy links

  • advice on decommissioning plans for offshore oil and gas operations
  • advice on Environmental Statements, Directions, Oil and gas permits, CCUS applications

External committees and responsibilities

  • chair of MASTS Oil and Gas Environmental Research Forum 
  • member of the Society for Underwater Decommissioning and wreck removal subcommittee
  • member of Independent Scientific Advisory Board for the Australian National Decommissioning Research Initiative 
  • member of National Decommissioning Centre Partner Group

Papers of relevance

Rouse S, Hayes P and Wilding TA (2020) Commercial fisheries losses arising from interactions with offshore pipelines. ICES Journal of Marine Science 77(3), 1148-1156.

Rouse S, Porter JS, and Wilding TA (2020) Artificial reef design affects benthic secondary productivity and provision of functional habitat. Ecology and Evolution 10(4), 2122-2130.

Rouse S, Lacey NC, Hayes P and Wilding TA (2019) Benthic conservation features and species associated with subsea pipelines: considerations for decommissioning. Frontiers in Marine Science 6, 200.

Rouse S, Hayes P, Davies IM and Wilding TA (2018) Offshore pipeline decommissioning: scale and context. Marine Pollution Bulletin 129, 241-244.

Rouse S, Kafas A, Catarino R and Hayes P (2017) Commercial fisheries use of oil and gas pipelines in the North Sea: impacts of decommissioning plans on fisheries. ICES Journal of Marine Science 75, 279-286.

Details of linked research pages

Sally Rouse’s ResearchGate profile



Marine Scotland Science
Scottish Government
Marine Laboratory
PO Box 101
375 Victoria Road
AB11 9DB


+44 (0)131 244 2500


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