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Ross Gardiner

Renewables and Energy Programme
Renewables Energy Environmental Advice group
Diadromous Fish Advisor


Marine Scotland Science, Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory, Faskally, Pitlochry, PH16 5LB, UK

Pronouns: he/him/his

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

Ross Gardiner's ResearchGate profile



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