NERC funded PhD Student
Stephen’s interests lie in ensuring the sustainable management and exploitation of natural resources, particularly in marine environments. His research has addressed fishery management in the UK, Madagascar and now Greenland.
Current project - 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 collaborative project will develop understanding of benthic communities and the impacts of trawling in the Greenland halibut fishery, using photographic, video, bycatch and environmental data. Further the project will allow 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.
Project Oratsimba was an FAO-Smartfish funded project to establish community-based lobster fishery management, including the introduction of periodic No Take Zones, in Sainte Luce, southeast Madagascar. The fishers of Sainte Luce are active contributors to MIHARI – Madagascar’s locally managed marine area (LMMA) network. Findings from participatory fisheries monitoring have been used to inform local management with applications to small-scale fisheries across the Western Indian Ocean.
The Fal oyster fishery, Cornwall, has been in operation since Roman times and is the last remaining commercial sailing fleet in Europe. Fishers continue to employ traditional methods, deploying hand-hauled dredges and from sailing boats and rowing punts. This offers a stark counterfactual to the increasing power and mechanisation of commercial fisheries in the last 100 years. Working with collaborators at the University of Exeter, data from GPS loggers on boats and fisheries monitoring data was combined to gain insights into this unique fishery.
Ongoing involvement in a long-term terrestrial ecological monitoring project in the dry-forest and mangroves of the Mahamavo watershed, northwest Madagascar. The project combines multi-taxa survey data with remote sensing to understand long-term trends and inform conservation. This is achieved through collaboration between the University of Oxford, Operation Wallacea, Development and Biodiversity Conservation Action Madagascar (DBCAM) and the community of Mariarano.
Supervision and funding
Funding is provided as part of the London NERC Doctoral Training Programme (DTP). The project is supervised by: Dr Chris Yesson, Institute of Zoology; Dr Kirsty Kemp, Institute of Zoology; Dr Peter Jones, University College London; and Dr Martin Blicher, Greenland Institute of Natural Resources.
2016 - present: London NERC DTP PhD Studentship, Institute of Zoology and University College London
2015 - 2016: Marine Research Co-ordinator, SEED Madagascar
2014 - present: Database Manager and Lecturer, Operation Wallacea
2013 - 2014: MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, University of Exeter
2009 - 2012: BSc Biology, University of Durham
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 Link