Grant Course is currently a director of SeaScope Fisheries Research Ltd where his role is in developing and managing the business and managing research projects, as well as participating in field work when required.
His previous work has involved implementing Electronic Monitoring Systems aboard commercial fishing vessels on behalf of the government and associated departments. Most recently this was with the Inshore Fisheries Groups of Scotland and Marine Scotland, but also for the Marine Management Organisation where he was responsible for the day to day management of the Catch Quota Trials that used Electronic Monitoring and CCTV to validate skipper declared catches and monitored for illegal discarding of undersize catch quota species.
Before this he was a senior project manager at the Centre for Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) where his main expertise was in designing and managing large scale monitoring programmes and smaller research projects.
These included the UK’s discard and catch sampling programme, fisher self-sampling in the Irish Sea, electronic monitoring systems and CCTV aboard fishing vessels, cetacean bycatch from fishing vessels, and the market sampling programme. In addition, he was also Scientist in Charge for several stock assessment research voyages.
Grant is the Research Projects Manager at SeaScope and is responsible for overall management of all projects. In addition, he has worked closely with the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF – UK and Poland), providing advice and a report on the Landing Obligation and the use of electronic monitoring as an enforcement tool. He has undertaken at sea research work for Cefas on the ASSIST project and the DCF sampling programme and he has recently presented research findings at ASCOBANS, the Discard Action Group, the Scottish Inshore Fisheries Conference 2015 in Inverness, and to various industry groups.