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Vacancy

Marine Ecologist – Krill Fishery – British Antarctic Survey

Contract Type Full Time in collaboration with SAMS and Newcastle University

Duration Fixed Term Appointment – 30 months

Salary £31,931 to £34,883 per annums

Team Ecosystems

Location South Georgia

Closing Date 28 August 2022

Background:
Finfish bycatch is a global problem requiring accurate information to develop conservation and management strategies to preserve ecosystems. Bycatch can occur at different life history stages and spatial and temporal scales, meaning the risk of bycatch is not uniform across a species life or distributional range. The Antarctic krill fishery catches larval and juvenile fish as well as fish eggs as by-catch. This by-catch is often hard to identify to species level, which may influence the accuracy of taxonomic reporting by fisheries observers. Understanding which fish life history stages interact with
the fisheries and making sure there is accurate identification of species is important for the successful implementation of ecosystem management measures.
This project aims to:
1) Identify which fish species and life stages are caught, using molecular and morphological integrative taxonomy
2) Model the spatial and temporal distribution of larval and juvenile fish by-catch.

This will feed into the production of identification and training tools for international fisheries observers.

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