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Research scientists in agricultural industries are most often involved in planning, conducting and analysing technical and scientific developments in new technologies and products, or increasing the understanding of existing practices. Marine and fisheries research scientists will study aquaculture and fisheries, both freshwater and marine, developing new technology and products or studying the growth and sustainability of fish farming.
Fisheries research is conducted across a number of sectors in the UK, by a number of different organisations. Government agencies, research institutions, universities and industry bodies will employ fisheries research scientists to study and help develop the industry.
Typical duties of a marine or fisheries research scientists may include:
Sustainable fishing is a key area of research for fisheries research scientists. Research scientists will work with fishermen and fish farms to develop sustainable fishing methods and environmentally friendly practices. They may come up with different types of fish that can be farmed in order to take the pressure off fish which are being over-farmed or affected by climate change or disease.
Research scientists may work individually doing their own research, but they usually work as part of a team. Fisheries research scientists aim to improve the aquaculture industry, publishing their findings and giving advice to fisheries and workers. Sometimes scientists will attend international conferences, lectures or demonstrations, and will keep up-to-date with research papers, industry breakthroughs and environmental concerns.