CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science


Cefas as an Executive Agency of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), is a multidisciplinary scientific research and consultancy centre specialising in fisheries science management, marine monitoring and assessment. 

Cefas employs over 550 people and provides its services to a large number of UK and international public and private sector clients. Cefas enjoys an outstanding reputation within the world community of fisheries science and management and has been at the forefront of fisheries management; plays a leading role within ICES and other international organisations (e.g. EIFAC, NASCO, NAFO, ICCAT, IWC). This work, directed towards the collection and analysis of appropriate data on fish and fisheries in their broadest sense, is aimed at providing coherent management advice to the Ministers of the member states so that the Common Fisheries Policy can be implemented and improved.

Cefas has recently been awarded overall responsibility for managing the UK’s Marine Climate Impacts Programme (MCCIP) and played a key role in the initiative and in defining Alternative Future Scenarios for Marine Ecosystems (AFMEC). 

Contribution to the project 

Cefas will be work package leader of WP3 and will contribute to xx in WP1, 2, 3, 4 & 5.

The scientific team

Dr Finlay Scott is a mathematical modeller, focussing on modelling fisheries systems and ecosystem interactions. His research interests include using Management Strategy Evaluation to evaluate and management risk and uncertainty in natural resource systems. He is a member of the STECF Mediterranean study group and is one of the lead developers of the FLR modelling framework. 

Dr James Ellis is an expert in fisheries biology and marine ecology, specialising in the biology of elasmobranch fishes, and the community ecology of macro-epibenthic and demersal fish assemblages. He also provides advice to Defra and other government departments on marine fisheries and marine nature conservation issues.

Dr. Steven Mackinson is an internationally recognised expert with 13 years experience in the application of food-web ecosystem models to research on ecosystem dynamics and fisheries impacts ranging from tropical to arctic seas. He publishes, supervises and reviews work in this area and is a member of the ICES WG on Multispecies Assessment Methods (WGSAM) and involved in numerous EU Framework projects.

Dr. Iago Mosqueira is a fisheries modeller working on Management Strategy Evaluation, Bayesian models and fisheries software development. His research interests include the development of mechanisms for fisheries management under uncertainty and the use of Bayesian and probabilistic methods for collaborative management and risk evaluation. He has been involved in the assessment of tuna stocks and is currently chair of the Working Party on Tropical Tuna of the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission. He has taken part in a number of EU projects on MSE and risk assessment, and is one of the main developers of the FLR modelling framework.

Sophy McCully has worked as a fisheries scientist on a variety of R&D projects in support of policy since 2005. Her research interest focuses on interactions between fisheries and non-target species, in particular elasmobranchs. She is undertaking research into the data deficient assessment of elasmobranchs, through sensitivity and susceptibility analyses, utilising tools to assess risk and advise on future management decisions. She is currently registered as a PhD student at the University of St. Andrews, and is also member of the ICES Working Group on Elasmobranch Fishes.

Alyson Little is an economist with experience of evaluating the social and economic impacts of conservation measures.

Mark Platts is a fisheries ecosystem modeller with a mathematics and software development background. He is interested in how uncertainty and randomness can be included in ecological models, and how this impacts on management decisions. 

27 JANUARY 2022