Renewables and Energy Programme
Renewables Energy Environmental Advice group
Diadromous Fish Advisor
Marine Scotland Science, Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Faskally, Pitlochry, PH16 5LB, UK
Details of specialism
Diadromous and freshwater fish species and factors influencing their ecology, distribution, survival and production. I currently advise on diadromous fish and fisheries issues in relation to marine renewables and other marine developments. In doing so I communicate and have collaborated with many fishery scientists both based in the UK and overseas.
Within the broad topic area, particular focusses at present are:
- potential interactions of migrating salmon with marine renewable and other marine developments, other than aquaculture developments, and assessing the potential for impact
- individual assignment of salmon in the marine environment to their river of origin
Main policy links
- advice to licensing operations team
- marine planning and policy
- salmon and recreational fisheries
External committees and responsibilities
- chair of ScotMER diadromous fish specialist receptor group
- various advisory groups relating to marine renewables developments
- member of ICES WGTRUTTA sea trout working group
- Scientific Officer of The Grayling Society and a Trustee of The Grayling Research Trust
Papers of relevance
Winfield IJ, Adams CE, Armstrong JD, Gardiner R, Kirika A, Montgomery J, Spears BM, Stewart DC, Thorpe JE and Wilson W (2012) Changes in the fish community of Loch Leven: untangling anthropogenic pressures. Hydrobiologia 681(1), 73-84.
Stewart DC, Middlemas SJ, Gardiner WR, Mackay S and Armstrong JD (2005) Diet and prey selection of cormorants (Phalacrocorax carbo) at Loch Leven, a major stocked trout fishery. Journal of Zoology 267(2), 191-201.
Davies CE, Shelley J, McLean IFG, Gardiner R and Peirson G (2004) Freshwater Fishes in Britain: the species and their distribution. Harley Books, Colchester. 176 pp.
Gardiner R (2003) Identifying Lamprey. A Field Key for Sea, River and Brook Lamprey. Conserving Nature Rivers Conservation Techniques Series No.4. English Nature, Peterborough. 27pp.
Doughty R and Gardiner R (2003) The return of salmon to cleaner rivers - A Scottish perspective. In: Mills D (Ed), Salmon at the Edge. pp. 175-185. Blackwell Science, Oxford.
Details of linked research pages
Marine Scotland Science
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