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Paul Macdonald

  • United Kingdom

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  • 21 Citations
  • 3 h-Index

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Research expertise

Main research interests are in fish biology and fisheries science.

With extensive experience undertaking applied fisheries research projects, Paul's research has contributed to the assessment and management of a number of commercially important fish species in the northern North Sea. He has also developed and trialled novel fishing gears that have enabled inshore fishing vessels to diversify into more environmentally friendly fishing methods.

Services expertise

Paul is the Fisheries Manager within NAFC Marine Science & Technology Department. He has responsibility for the staff and activities of the NAFC Marine Centre’s fisheries section. He also manages the Centre’s research vessels and associated research and survey activity. Research activity within the section is wide and varied but primarily focusses on studies that assist in the effective management of fishery resources, enabling these resources to be exploited in a sustainable manner while providing economic stability to local communities.

Paul's recent research projects have included investigating the biology and ecology of key demersal fish species in the North Sea, and assessing the potential to develop an inshore cod trap fishery with minimal discards in the Shetland Isles. These projects are particularly relevant in light of the forthcoming implementation of the landing obligation, EU regulations aimed at reducing the wasteful practice of discarding fish.

Paul also co-ordinates the Shetland market sampling programme undertaken by the NAFC Marine Centre on behalf of Marine Scotland Science. Demersal, pelagic and shellfish market sampling in Shetland is undertaken by the NAFC following the formation of the Shetland Fisheries Research Fund, a collaboration between Marine Scotland Science and the Centre.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Edinburgh

Master in Science, The University of Edinburgh

Bachelor of Science, The University of Edinburgh

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Research Output

  • 21 Citations
  • 3 h-Index
  • 5 Article
  • 2 Other report
  • 1 Commissioned report
  • 1 Paper
  • 9 Citations (Scopus)
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  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    18 Downloads (Pure)

    Press / Media

    Shetland Whitefish Tagging Scheme

    Paul Macdonald


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research

    Shetland jigging pilot study

    Paul Macdonald


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Increasing understanding of a data poor species to improve resource management: megrim Lepidorhombus whiffiagonis in the northern North Sea

    Author: Macdonald, P., Jul 2014

    Supervisor: Angus, C. (Supervisor) & Marshall, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (awarded by OU/Aberdeen)