Fisheries Analyst

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Senior Fisheries Analyst, Ocean Sustainability Business Unit

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Fixed term subject to funding arrangements

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

The Fisheries Analyst will work in the Catapult’s Ocean Sustainability Business Unit on the development and implementation of the ‘Eyes on the Seas’ project.  Linked to the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Ending Illegal Fishing campaign, Project Eyes on the Seas is a global fisheries monitoring system that uses innovative technology and analysis and other data sources to track and identify vessels and operators involved in suspicious activities.  Its aim is to provide information and services to governments and industry players who are interested in understanding fishing activities in their waters or supply chains in more detail to enhance fisheries compliance. More information is available here:

The analyst will be responsible to the senior analyst and will work on a series of projects providing monitoring and analytic capacity for the Ocean Sustainability Business Unit.  The analyst will use their knowledge of fisheries operations, fisheries management and / or quickly learn from the senior analyst basic fisheries analysis skills to support the production of intelligence reports which may involve developing daily reports and case notes or assessments. The analyst will also work with developers and other experts to enhance system capabilities.

Main Responsibilities and Activities

  • Work to enhance fisheries compliance, and thereby sustainability, through support to governments and supply chains.
  • Support the Senior Analyst in providing daily monitoring and analysis of selected global maritime areas and fleets of interest to detect and document suspicious and possible suspicious fishing activities.
  • Develop intelligence reports at intervals ranging from daily to multi-year, and other reports, case packages, recommendations and assessments based upon observed monitoring and analysis of fishing activities observed through delivery of Eyes On the Seas as instructed by the senior analyst.
  • Develop close communication and coordination with external analyst groups and other stakeholders to enhance delivery of analytic tools, information, data and other services as provided by such groups.
  • Provide research assistance in understanding the matters of maritime and fisheries law and governance as requested by the Senior Analyst.
  • Assist in the development of requirements and feedback on functionality related to Eyes on the Seas.
  • Develop ideas for and conduct analysis of data sources, methods, or tools that build the Project’s ability to enhance fisheries compliance.
  • Work closely with the Ocean Sustainability Business Unit personnel to deliver the work products as necessary.
  • Assist the Business Relationship Manager and the Head of Ocean Sustainability as requested.
  • Advise government and supply chain representatives on tools and methods to enhance fisheries compliance.
  • Advise government and supply chain representatives on specific cases and recommend follow-up actions.
  • Develop and maintain working relationships with decision makers, government officials and national and international institutions, as well as relevant industry groups and NGOs in the field. Participate in strategy sessions with industry, NGOs, scientists and other stakeholders as needed.
  • Represent the Ocean Sustainability Business Unit at external meetings, workshops and conferences as appropriate
  • The role will be based at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, Oxfordshire but may require some travel as necessary.

About You

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in a relevant area preferred.
  • A passion for understanding and engagement in fisheries issues is required.
  • Experience with fisheries compliance and monitoring, control, and surveillance (MCS), fisheries management or related experience is required.
  • Familiarity with maritime enforcement patrol operations, including patrol planning and real-time support is desired.
  • An overarching understanding of industrial fishing operations, supply chains, common fishery management tools, and compliance issues in the fisheries sector and the ability to evaluate specific fisheries or regions in the context of this understanding is required.
  • A focused, hardworking, team player and a genuine desire to contribute to the sustainable use of ocean resources would be crucial attributes.
  • Secondary language skills, especially French or Mandarin Chinese, would be advantageous but not mandatory.
  • Experience with exploring and using different software tools for databases, statistics, GIS, or intelligence analysis is preferred but not mandatory.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical skills. Ability to synthesise large amounts of information and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue/problem, determine whether it is appropriate for intervention and identify the means to address it.
  • A strong commitment to producing measurable results.
  • Demonstrate ability to meet multiple deadlines by maintaining a high level of organisation. Ability to develop and move projects forward with a high degree of independence and autonomy.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including an ease in briefly summarising the essence of issues and means to address them. Strong oral, presentation, facilitation and written communication skills.  Clear, effective writing style.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others who contribute to the development of a project by anticipating possible outcomes. Excellent listening skills.  Ability to be highly articulate.
  • Ability to exhibit skills of diplomacy and confidentiality.


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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