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Helen Holah

Fisheries Assessment and Advice Programme
Fisheries Advice Group
Spatial and Remote Electronic Monitoring fisheries analyst


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

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Details of specialism

In general terms my main area of interest is in advancing electronic monitoring (REM) and reporting in Scottish fisheries, with a primary focus on analysis of data outputs for enhanced scientific data collection. I am also interested in integration of electronic technologies data streams into the stock assessment process and wider fisheries and ecosystem management. 

Within the broad topic area my particular focuses currently include:

  • promoting electronic monitoring as a tool for scientific data collection and to provide verifiable evidence of what fishers are reporting
  • developing national strategies or best practice for achieving scientific objectives of electronic monitoring
  • understanding fishers behavioural adaptations and changes in wider fleet dynamics as a result of electronic monitoring verification of compliance with regulations
  • collation and analyses of spatial fisheries data (VMS and logbook data) to quantify fishing effort, intensity and impact
  • supporting assessment of interactions between fishing and the ecosystem through evaluation of extent, intensity and variability of fishing effort and associated revenue

Main policy links

  • catching policy and future fisheries management
  • inshore fisheries and coastal communities

External committees and responsibilities

Papers of relevance

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. 

Details of linked research pages

Helen Holah’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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