26 April 2018

International recognition for fisheries scientists


                               Dr Stephen Gregory                                                                Dr Rasmus Lauridsen

TWO fisheries scientists from the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, Stephen Gregory and Rasmus Lauridsen, have been invited to sit on the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea’s (ICES) working groups for salmon and trout.

ICES is a small and select international network of scientists who provide advice to governments on the status and management of fish stocks. ICES hosts working groups for many fish species, including the Working Group for North Atlantic Salmon (WGNAS) and the Working Group for Trout (WGTrutta).

Based at the Salmon and Trout Research Centre at East Stoke, Dr Gregory will sit on the group for salmon and Dr Lauridsen will sit on the group for trout.

“I’m delighted that my contributions have been recognised and to join the WGNAS,” said Dr Gregory.

“Stock Assessment Models underpin salmon stock management and, together with co-leads in France, I will be working to improve them as part of the SAMARCH project. Membership of the WGNAS is based on excellence and expertise in salmon research. I bring my statistical skills to WGNAS and aim to improve salmon stock management throughout Europe.”

Dr Lauridsen, pictured right, said: “Work on trout, and particularly their migratory form sea trout, is an increasing part of our work programme and forms a major part of our current EU-funded project SAMARCH (2017 – 2022).

“I am honoured to be chosen to sit on the working group for trout and it will be a perfect platform for me to disseminate, internationally, the work of the Trust and results of the SAMARCH project.”

SAMARCH, a multimillion pound project part funded by the EU’s Interreg Channel Programme*, aims to reverse the increasing declines in salmon and sea trout.

For more information, visit www.samarch.org.

Additional information

*The Interreg FCE Programme is a European Territorial Cooperation programme that aims to fund high quality cooperation projects in the Channel border region between France and England. It focuses on a range of specific objectives including supporting innovation, improving the attractiveness of the FCE area and developing low carbon technologies. The Programme has a total of €223 million of ERDF funds to distribute by 2023 and is managed by Managing Authority Norfolk County Council. The Programme operates within a clearly defined eligible area, covering the South and East Coasts of England from Cornwall to Norfolk, and the North Coast of France from Finistère to Pas-de-Calais. The programme area can be found here.”

Notes to editors

The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust – providing research-led conservation for a thriving countryside. The GWCT is an independent wildlife conservation charity which has carried out scientific research into Britain’s game and wildlife since the 1930s. We advise farmers and landowners on improving wildlife habitats. We employ 22 post-doctoral scientists and 50 other research staff with expertise in areas such as birds, insects, mammals, farming, fish and statistics. We undertake our own research as well as projects funded by contract and grant-aid from Government and private bodies. The Trust is also responsible for a number of Government Biodiversity Action Plan species and is lead partner for grey partridge and joint lead partner for brown hare and black grouse.

ISDN radio broadcast line – at our Fordingbridge HQ we have an ISDN radio broadcast line, allowing us to conduct interviews remotely.

For information, contact:
Kate Williams
Telephone: 01425 651000
Email: press@gwct.org.uk

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