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EveryFish (2022 – 2025)

An exploratory project working to reduce the size AS3ID equipment and trial its functionality on small-scale fishing vessels in Turkey.

Mark James (PI), Tania Mendo (Researcher) and Rene Swift (Researcher)
EU funding

Field Deployment of AS3ID (2022- 2023)

Mark James (PI), Tania Mendo (Researcher) and Rene Swift (Researcher)
University of St Andrews Accelerator Funding

Field Deployment of EcoLogger (2022 – 2023)

Mark James (PI), Tania Mendo (Researcher) and Rene Swift (Researcher)
University of St Andrews Accelerator Funding

Developing a seabird identifying AI model

An 8-week Masters student placement in which a PhD student supervises the project. This work will aim to develop an AI model to identify seabirds on seacliffs from data collected from drones.

Mark James, Kasim Terzic and Karen Spencer

Outer Hebrides Early Adopters Trial (2021 – 2022)

Mark James (PI), Tania Mendo (researcher), Anna Mujal-Collies (researcher).
Marine Scotland

Outer Hebrides Creel Limitation Pilot (2021-2023)

Fishers recognise that they are potentially overfishing and requested the government introduce a pilot scheme to limit the amount of fishing gear they can deploy.

Mark James (PI), Tania Mendo (researcher), Anna Mujal-Collies (researcher)
Marine Scotland in co-operation with the Western Isles Fishermen’s Association.

CABFISHMAN (2019–2023)

Conserving Atlantic Biodiversity by Supporting Innovative Small Scale Fisheries co-Management

Mark James (Named Work Package PI), Tania Mendo (Researcher), Anna Mujal-Colilles (researcher)
EU-INTERREG Atlantic EAPA_134/2018

Completed Projects

Global Open Source Data Collection Systems Network for Small Scale Fisheries (GoSSF) (2022). EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship Fund. Mark James (PI), Tania Mendo (ECR), Rene Swift (ECR and PDRA), Miguel Delos Santos (PhD) and Swithun Crowe.

Automated Shellfish Species, Size and Sex Identification System (AS3ID) (2020-2021). Seafood Innovation Fund. Mark James (PI), Tania Mendo (Project Manager) and SeaScope Fisheries Research Ltd.

COVID and Peruvian fisheries (2020 – 2022) UKRI-GCRF funding. Mark James (PI) and Tania Mendo (PI)

Fishing and farming in the desert? (2019 – 2021)Arts and Humanities Research Council – Global Challenges Research Fund and St Andrews SFC Official Development Assistance – Global Challenges Research Fund. Nina Laurie (PI), Tania Mendo (co-PI), Richard Bates (co-PI, SEES), Dan Clayton (co-PI, SGSD), Karen Brown (co-PI, Art History).

C-SIDE (2018-2021)NERC. Bill Austin (Project PI), David Paterson (Co-PI).

Fife Sustainable Natural and Cultural Coastal Zone (2020-2021) – SARIRF, University of St Andrews. Richard Bates (PI), Tim Stojanovic, Mark James, Hannah Ladd-Jones, Chris Leakey, David Paterson (Co-I’s)

Sustainable Fisheries Interactions and Conservation of Elasmobranchs in Scottish seas (MEFS+) (2019-2021) – Maritime Fisheries Fund (Marine Scotland). Mark James (PI), James Thorburn (co-PI), Hannah Ladd-Jones (Project Manager).

Movement Ecology of the Flapper skate (2017-2021) Funded by Scottish Natural Heritage and Marine Scotland and involves collaborative work with Edinburgh Zoo and the Scottish Association for Marine Science. Mark James (Project PI), James Thorburn (Co-PI), Edward Lavender (PhD student)

Scottish Inshore Fisheries Integrated Data System (SIFIDS) Project (2017 – 2020) – European Maritime Fisheries Fund – Mark James (PI, leading WP5, 8b, 9, 10), Hannah Ladd-Jones (Project Manager), Tania Mendo (Researcher, WP5 and 8b)

Developing a strategic research agenda for sustainable artisanal fisheries in northern Peru: identifying research and innovation gap (2019-2020) – Research agenda for artisanal fisheries, SFC-GCRF grant, Tania Mendo (PI), Mark James (co-PI).

DYNAMICOBIO-PERU (2019-2020): Developing a dynamic co-management bycatch risk assessment to protect biodiversity in an artisanal shrimp trawl fishery in Peru – Newton Institutional Links Grant – Mark James (PI), Tania Mendo (Co-I)

Low cost electronic reporting to assess small scale fisheries contribution to nutrition in Peru (2018-2019): A mobile phone application whereby fishers can record species not sold and taken to their homes for consumption – St Andrews SFC Official Development Assistance – Global Challenges Research Fund – Tania Mendo (PI), Mark James (Co-I)

Low cost electronic monitoring: improving data collection in artisanal fisheries in Peru (2018-2019): Using a mobile phone application to record catch and effort of Peruvian fisheries Knowledge and Impact Fund – University of St Andrews – Mark James (PI), Tania Mendo (Co-PI)

FishPi2 (2017-2018): Strengthening regional cooperation in the area of fisheries data collection – EU-MARE 2016/22 Mark James (Project PI and Co-Ordinator), Tania Mendo (Researcher), Hannah Ladd-Jones (Researcher)

EduCO2cean (2016-2018): Society Educational Models to Transmit to Society the Challenge of Global Ocean Climate Change – EU ERASMUS+ 2016-1-PT01-KA201-022952 – Mark James (Project Partner)

fishPi (2015-2016): Strengthening regional cooperation in the area of fisheries data collection – EU-MARE 2014/19 – Mark James (Named PI and Co-Ordinator), Tania Mendo

Evidence gathering in support of sustainable Scottish inshore fisheries (2014-2015): European Fisheries Fund project – Mark James (Named PI and Co-ordinator, led WP1), Tania Mendo

Scottish Marine Climate Change (2014-2015): Adaptation Indicators – Climate XChange funded – Mark James (Project PI)

Fisheries Innovation Scotland (FIS) (2013-2014): establish FIS as a legal entity with Charitable status and all operational requirements – European Fisheries Fund – Mark James (Project Leader)