United Kingdom: Major funding secured to help track fish movement and health

United Kingdom
Published Sep 16, 2021

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Major funding secured to help track fish movement and health. Essex aquatic ecologist Dr Anna Sturrock has been awarded major funding to track fish movements and health, and to identify the critical habitats they need to survive. Dr Sturrock, from the School of Life Sciences, is among the latest wave of successful applicants to receive funding as part of the prestigious UK Research and Innovation’s Future Leaders Fellowships Scheme. Dr Sturrock has been awarded nearly £1.7 million for an initial four-year period, which could be extended for a further three years. “It is a huge privilege and honour to receive this funding,”

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said Dr Sturrock, who has been studying and working in the field of marine and freshwater biology for almost 20 years. “We are at a pivotal moment in UK fisheries and I hope this research will help us to be better stewards of the environment. “It’s important that we continue to push science forward that improves the sustainability and productivity of fisheries at both a local and global level.” Her fellowship will focus on tracking fish movements, identifying the critical habitats they need to survive, and assessing their vulnerability to different stressors so that we can better protect wild stocks and predict future changes to global protein supply. This innovative project will develop and utilise cutting edge, cross-disciplinary approaches, involving a team of international collaborators, and will include a range of study species and ecosystems, including North Sea plaice, tropical tunas, Baltic cod, and UK, US and New Zealand salmon species. “Combining electronic tags with ...
Source: Fish Focus
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