Dr Simon Northridge

Dr Simon Northridge
Senior Lecturer

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Research Overview:

My work is focused on practical aspects of conservation, including quantifying the impacts of human activities on wildlife and examining the best ways to minimise such impacts.  I work mainly with fisheries and aquaculture, quantifying bycatch levels of non-target species, and especially those whose populations are most vulnerable to additional mortality.  I am interested in understanding how and why such interactions occur and in testing ways that may be useful in minimising any damage caused while maintaining economically important activities. Competitve interactions between fisheries and marine mammals provide the basis for my interest in the feeding ecology and behaviour of marine mammals, and especially how this relates to fishing activity.  Work within my research group also uses passive acoustic techniques to study the behaviour of echolocating animals, especially in areas close to fisheries, aquaculture or renewable energy sites where they may be vulnerable.


Recent publications

10  (of 10 published available) for spn1 with keyword fisheries clear keyword filter. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
Please click title of any item for full details.

2017 (6)
Conservation Biology
vol.31 pp.686-695
2017 (7/11)

(Commissioned report)
2016 (18/8)
Marine Ecology Progress Series
vol.555 pp.261-271
Identification of high-risk areas for harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena bycatch using remote electronic monitoring and satellite telemetry data
Lotte Kindt-Larsen, Casper Willestofte Berg, Jakob Tougaard, Thomas Kirk Sørensen, Kerstin Geitner, Simon Northridge, Signe Sveegaard, Signe Sveegaard, Finn Larsen 
Keywords: Harbour porpoise, Bycatch mitigation, REM, Natura 2000, Fisheries management
2016 (6)

(Commissioned report)
Seals and Wild Salmon Fisheries
Rob Harris, Simon Northridge 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2015 (15/7)
(Other report)
Marine Mammal Non-Lethal Deterrents
Kristy Long, Monica DeAngelis, Laura Engleby, Deborah Fauquier, Amanda Johnson, Simon Northridge, Scott Kraus 
Keywords: NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service

(Commissioned report)
Seals and Wild Salmon Fisheries
Rob Harris, Simon Northridge 
Keywords: Scottish Government
2015 (8/6)

(Commissioned report)
Studies for carrying out the common fisheries policy
Alexei Birkun, Simon Northridge, Ed Willsteed, Frances James, Charles Kilgour, Martin Lander, Gavin Fitzgerald 
Keywords: Bycatch, Vulnerable species, DistributionEuropean Commission
Endangered Species Research
vol.19 pp.201-221
To ping or not to ping
Steve Dawson, Simon Northridge, Danielle Waples, Andrew Read 
Keywords: Gillnet, Bycatch, Dolphin, Porpoise, Pinger, Acoustic devices

Contact Details:

Dr Simon Northridge
Bute Building
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 9TS

tel: 01334 462654
fax: 01334 462632
room: A6



Sea Mammal Research Unit
School of Biology
Biology Teaching Committee
Centre for Biological Diversity
Scottish Oceans Institute

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