Dr Beth Mouat

Shetland UHI
Port Arthur

tel: +44 (0)1595772310

Available to talk to the media about

  • The University of the Highlands and Islands' islands strategy and its islands forum 
  • Islands Growth Deal
  • Inshore fisheries management
  • Spatial management of fisheries
  • Integrating data (including spatial and environmental) in fisheries management
  • Shellfish fisheries
  • Shellfish biology

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Beth completed her BSc (Hons) degree in Zoology (Marine and Fisheries Biology) in 1998 at the University of Aberdeen, where she worked with NAFC Marine Centre UHI on phytoplankton and jellyfish threats to aquaculture. She stayed on at Aberdeen University to complete an MSc in Marine and Fisheries Science in 1999, where she specialised in squid fisheries biology.

Following this she moved to the University of Glasgow to carry out her PhD researching Nephrops fisheries in the Clyde with UMBS Millport, and around Scotland with FRS Marine Laboratory (now Marine Scotland Science).

Following on from her studies, Beth worked for two years as an Inshore Fisheries Advisor for Scottish Natural Heritage, providing advice on all aspects of fisheries from biology to management. She was also involved in research projects on fisheries for Nephrops and Littorinids, and the development of GIS tools for shellfish fisheries management.

Beth was very keen to return to Shetland and took up the post of Senior Shellfish Scientist in late 2005, following a period as Marine Farm Services Manager for SSQC.

Beth now manages the marine science and technology department which provides research and development support and advice on Fisheries, Aquaculture and Marine Spatial Planning.

Following the launch of the university's Islands Strategy 2020 Beth was appointed as Islands Strategy Director and is leading on the implementation of key objectives including skills and Gaelic. The strategy outlines the commitment of the university partnership to the island communities that it serves and is part of.

Research groups and interests

Her research profile is available to view