Job title: Fish and Fisheries Advisor
Telephone: 0131 244 3600
Address: Marine Scotland Marine Laboratory, 375 Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB11 9DB
My research interests involve fish ecology, commercial fisheries, offshore renewable energy and marine spatial planning (MSP). I currently give advice on the impacts of offshore renewable energy developments and other marine developments on fish and commercial fisheries.
I chair the Fish and Fisheries Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMER) Strategic Research Group and focus my research on addressing key knowledge gaps. These include essential fish habitat, fish sensitivity mapping, reef effects, fish aggregation effects, underwater noise, EMF, collision risk, mapping fishing effort, fisheries displacement, co-location/multi-use, strategic fisheries management, Cumulative Impact Assessment and fisheries stakeholder engagement. I am particularly interested in the fishing industry interactions with offshore wind development including both fixed foundation offshore wind farms and floating offshore wind farms.
I also lead the energy work package on an EU co-funded INTERREG North Sea Region Programme project, ‘A North Sea Perspective on Shipping, Energy and Environmental Aspects in Maritime Spatial Planning’ (NorthSEE). Our main aim is to encourage cooperation and harmonisation between North Sea countries on transnational maritime spatial planning.
I collaborate with various organisations, researchers and industry representatives across the UK, Europe and the U.S.A. on offshore renewable energy and fisheries. I also collaborate with MSP authorities across the North Sea Region via the NorthSEE Project and National and International scientific communities such as ICES and MASTS.
External committees and responsibilities
Chair of the Fish and Fisheries Scottish Marine Energy Research (ScotMER) Strategic Research Group
Member of the ICES Working Group on Offshore Wind Development and Fisheries
Member of Scottish Commercial Fisheries Working Groups and the Fishing Liaison with Offshore Wind and Wet Renewables Group (FLOWW).
Wright, K., Ripken, M., Kafas, A., Plug, D., Ooms, E., Scheffler, U. et al. (2019) Interim status quo report on offshore linear energy infrastructure in the North Sea Region, NorthSEE project, INTERREG North Sea Region Programme, Grant agreement 38-2- 2-15.
Kafas, A., Ripken, M., Wright, K., Billet, M., Sangiuliano, S., Ooms, E., Scheffler, U. et al. (2017) Status quo report on offshore energy planning provisions in the North Sea Region, NorthSEE project, INTERREG North Sea Region Programme, Grant agreement 38-2-2-15.
Scott, B.E., Irvine, K.N., Byg, A., Gubbins, M., Kafas, A., Kenter, J., MacDonald, A., O’Hara Murray, R., Potts, T., Slater, A.M., Tweddle, J.F., Wright, K., Davies, I.M. (2016) The Cooperative Participatory Evaluation of Renewable Technologies on Ecosystem Services (CORPORATES) Scottish Marine and Freshwater Science Vol 7 No 1.
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