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Marine Scotland Science: directory

Published: 23 Nov 2019
Last updated: 12 May 2021 - see all updates

Details of specialists working for Marine Scotland Science.

Marine Scotland Science: directory
Dr Sally Rouse

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


First published: 23 Nov 2019 Last updated: 12 May 2021 -