Grant Course

Grant has worked in fisheries science, technology and research since 1993 where he began his career as an at-sea fisheries observer for Seafish Industry Authority.

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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.



Our Services

  • At-Sea Observer Services

    Changeable weather conditions, geographic isolation and frequent use of heavy hauling and lifting equipment all combine to make for a hazardous workplace.
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  • Data Analysis & Reporting

    One of the key elements to a successful project is the data analysis.
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  • Electronic Monitoring

    Since 2009 electronic monitoring of marine fisheries has been one of the main areas of focus for the SeaScope directors.
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  • Project Design & Management

    SeaScope offers a comprehensive Project Design and Management service.
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