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Lynda Blackadder

Fisheries Assessment and Advice
Fisheries Advice Group
Inshore Fisheries Advisor


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

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Details of specialism

I am a marine biologist specialising in marine fisheries, particularly shellfish.  I have hands on experience in the collection, collation and analysis of fisheries data, including fisheries survey data, Nephrops and scallop stock assessment, modelling and coding in R, and visualising data on Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Currently, I initiate and manage research projects on inshore fisheries, aimed at improving the evidence base and evaluating innovative management approaches. I am involved in the scientific programme associated with the razor clam trial electro-fishery.

I provide scientific support and advice on inshore fisheries management to policy colleagues in the Scottish Government, to the Scottish Regional Inshore Fisheries Groups (RIFGs) and other marine stakeholders. I am also chair of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Scallop Assessment Working Group (WGSCALLOP).

Main policy links

  • sea fisheries division  
  • inshore fisheries and coastal communities
  • access to sea fisheries
  • regional inshore fisheries groups

External committees and responsibilities

  • Scottish/UK Government adviser on Inshore Fisheries
  • chair of the ICES Scallop Assessment Working Group (WGSCALLOP)
  • member of Project UK steering group
  • member of the Scottish Scallop Sector Working Group
  • PhD supervisor - Heriot Watt University
  • PhD supervisor - SAMS
  • project lead - St Andrews University
  • visiting lecturer/supervisor - Aberdeen University
  • STEM ambassador/member of MSS Outreach team

Papers of relevance

Blackadder L (ed) (2020) ICES 2020 Scallop Assessment Working Group (WGSCALLOP). ICES Scientific Reports. ICES Scientific Reports 2, 111. 57 pp. 

Soares SMC, Blackadder L, Stagg HEB, Munro ES and McLay A (2020) The presence of Apicomplexan parasites in king scallops (Pecten maximus) in Scottish waters. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 2020, 107508, ISSN 0022-2011,

Blackadder L (ed) (2019) ICES 2019 Scallop Assessment Working Group (WGSCALLOP). ICES Scientific Reports 1, 90. 31 pp. 

ICES Working Group for the Celtic Seas Ecosystem. WGCSE report, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015.

Blackadder L (2019) Scallop Stock Science. UK Scallop Management Conference, Fishmongers’ Hall, London, 4-5th April, 2019. 

Blackadder L (2019) Scottish king scallops: the fishery, the science and the future. International Pectinid Workshop, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 24-29th April, 2019. 



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


+44 (0)131 244 2500


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