Isle of Man Fisheries Science Research & Advice

Bangor University has provided Independent Fisheries Science research and advice to the Isle of Man Government’s Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA) since 2007 (current contract 2020–2025).

The Isle of Man Government adopts an evidence-based approach for the management of fishing activity within their territorial waters (out to the 12 nautical mile limit). The analysis of high quality and relevant data on fishing dynamics, as well as direct and indirect impacts that fishing can have on the marine environment, underpins good fisheries management. Bangor University has a small team based on the island, supported by a wide network of expertise at the School of Ocean Sciences in Menai Bridge, who together deliver high quality fisheries science research and advice to the Isle of Man Government.

Our team delivers a range of scientific expertise and management advice to DEFA, as well as developing novel research projects. We aim to address critical knowledge gaps in key Commercial Fisheries and promote sustainable exploitation of these economically valuable natural resources. We work in partnership with government and industry to provide scientific support for industry led data collection initiatives and co-management of resources. This close partnership and evidence base ensures that the Isle of Man Government and fishing industry can make management and conservation decisions knowing that they have the best available evidence and science.

For more detail on current research visit our Research page. You can also find our publicly available reports and peer-reviewed science in the Communications section. If you would like any further information, please Contact Us.