Dr. Stephen Long
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Stephen’s interests lie in ensuring the sustainable management and exploitation of natural resources, particularly in marine environments. His research addresses fishery management in the UK, Madagascar and Greenland.
Spatio-temporal trends in fisheries’ bycatch in the Celtic Sea
The Celtic Sea is home to a diversity of commercial fisheries, in which bycatch of protected, endangered and threatened species (PETS) including cetaceans and elasmobranchs (sharks, skates and rays) is known to occur. Effective management to reduce or eliminate bycatch of PETS requires a sound understanding of their populations, ecology and interaction with fisheries. However, knowledge and data are often limited, presenting a barrier to evidence-based bycatch mitigation. Working with CEFAS and contributing to the Clean Catch UK project, this research combines multiple datasets to identify trends to inform management and reduce bycatch.
Sustainable fishing in Greenland: impact of deep-sea trawling on benthic ecosystems
The entrance of Greenland’s fisheries to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification scheme has highlighted the paucity of knowledge on the impacts of bottom-trawling on deep-sea benthic ecosystems in the Arctic. This research contributes to a wider project to explore benthic communities and the impacts of trawling in the Greenland halibut fishery, using photographic, video, bycatch and environmental data. This is part of an ongoing collaboration between ZSL and the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources (GINR). The research has also included a critical evaluation of the role of the MSC certification scheme in fishery governance, with wider applications to the management of deep-sea fisheries and those engaged in the MSC certification scheme.
Community-based lobster fishery management in southeast Madagascar
SEED Madagascar's Project Oratsimba began in 2013, and aimed to establish community-based lobster fishery management, including the introduction of periodic No Take Zones, in Sainte Luce, southeast Madagascar. This led to Sainte Luce being established as locally managed marine area (LMMA), with local fishers now being active contributors to MIHARI – Madagascar’s LMMA network. Findings from participatory fisheries monitoring, established in 2015, have been used to inform local management with applications to small-scale fisheries across the Western Indian Ocean. Further, in collaboration with UCL, the Sainte Luce LMMA has now been subject to a critical governance analysis, employing the Marine Protected Area Governance (MPAG) framework.
- 2021–present: Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Zoological Society of London’s Institute of Zoology
- 2018–2021: Consultant to SEED Madagascar's Darwin Initiative Project
- 2016–2021: London NERC DTP PhD Studentship, Institute of Zoology and University College London
- 2015–2016: Marine Research Co-ordinator, SEED Madagascar
- 2014–2017: Database Manager and Lecturer, Operation Wallacea
- 2013–2014: MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, University of Exeter
- 2009–2012: BSc Biology, University of Durham
Long, S., Blicher, M.E., Hammeken Arboe, N., Fuhrmann, M., Darling, M., Kemp, K.M., Nygaard, R., Zinglersen, K. and Yesson, C. (2021) Deep-sea benthic habitats and the impacts of trawling on them in the offshore Greenland halibut fishery, Davis Strait, west Greenland. ICES Journal of Marine Science. DOI: doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsab148
Jones, P.J.S. and Long, S. (2021) Analysis and discussion of 28 recent marine protected area governance (MPAG) case studies: Challenges of decentralisation in the shadow of hierarchy. Marine Policy. DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104362
Long, S. and Jones, P.J.S. (2020) Greenland's offshore Greenland halibut fishery and role of the Marine Stewardship Council certification: A governance case study. Marine Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2020.104095
S. Long, B. Sparrow-Scinocca, M.E. Blicher, N. Hammeken Arboe, M. Fuhrmann, K.M. Kemp, R. Nygaard, K. Zinglersen, and C. Yesson (2020) Identification of a Soft Coral Garden Candidate Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem (VME) Using Video Imagery, Davis Strait, West Greenland. Frontiers in Marine Science 7(460) DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00460
Long, S., Thurlow, G., Jones, P.J.S., Turner, A., Randrianantenaina, S.M., Gammage, T., Savage, J. and Ndriamanja J.R. (2019) Critical analysis of the governance of the Sainte Luce Locally Managed Marine Area (LMMA), southeast Madagascar. Marine Policy DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2019.103691
Long, S., Jones, P.J.S., Zoavina, R. and Hadj-Hammou, J. (2017) Governance analysis of a community managed small-scale crab fishery in Madagascar: novel use of an empirical framework. Marine Policy https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2017.11.022
Long, S. (2017) Short-term impacts and value of a periodic no take zone (NTZ) in a community-managed small-scale lobster fishery, Madagascar. PLOS ONE https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0177858
Long, S., Ffrench-Constant. R, Metcalfe, K. and Witt, M.J. (2017) Have centuries of inefficient fishing sustained a wild oyster fishery: a case study. Fisheries and Aquaculture Journal 8 https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10038338/