Project Reports

Many of our reports contain confidential or commercially sensitive information and cannot be disclosed without prior permission from the client. Only a proportion of our work is available as a public document. Please contact us if there are specific projects or papers you are interested in. A selection of recent reports and papers are available here to download in pdf format.

"Beche-de-mer management in the South Pacific", 2013

In the latter half of 2012 and early 2013 Nautilus undertook a review of the sea cucumber fisheries and bêche-de-mer (cooked and dried sea cucumber) trade in five island countries of the South Pacific - Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga.  This followed evidence of long-term over-exploitation of these resources, which had lead to the closure of fisheries in a number of countries to allow stocks to recover.  Long a source of essential cash income to some very isolated island communities, poor management of fishing and its associated export trade can have major repercussions not only on household income but on the quality of the marine environment from which families derive the fish and shellfish that form such an important part of the diet in these coastal communities.

The findings of this work were presented at the 8th SPC Heads of Fisheries meeting in Noumea in March 2013, and also to the Fisheries Technical Advisory committee of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG), held in Port Vila, Vanuatu, in May 2013.

The full report can be downloaded from SPC's FAME library at

A summary of the report and its findings formed the main theme of the mid-2013 edition of the SPC Fisheries Newsletter, and this is accessible via:

"Low Impact Fishing and CFP reform", 2012

In the run-up to reform of the Common Fisheries Policy - due to enter into force end 2013 / early 2014 - Nautilus was commissioned by the environmental NGO "Seas at Risk" to prepare a report on how the draft reform package could be strengthened to both encourage better / best practice in reducing the environmental impacts of fishing, and ensure equitable access to fish resources.  The work further developed the logic behind various components of the reform proposals, identifying weaknesses and where and how particular proposals could be strengthened to deliver better environmental and fishery outcomes.  It did this drawing on a wide range of existing evidence and case study material, and using the considerable experience of Nautilus in relation to fisheries management, sustainable fisheries assessment, and familiarity with the Common Fisheries Policy built up through its work since the inception of the CFP.

Preliminary findings of the work were presented at a lunchtime seminar held in the European Parliament in Brussels, hosted by MEPs Anna Rosbach, Isabella Lövin and Christofer Fjellner, and addressed by Commissioner Damanaki.  The final report was presented to another seminar dealing with restructuring of the management of Baltic Fisheries in late 2012, and it is rewarding to see that some of the ideas addressed in the report have found their way into the discussions on CFP reform, and in some cases can be found within the revised text. 

The report can be downloaded here.

"SEAfeeds report", 2003

Nautilus teamed up with the Institute of Aquaculture, under the EC Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources Programme to organise and chair the 'Sustainable Environmental Aquaculture Feeds (SEAfeeds) workshop. This brought together experts from all sides of the aquaculture feeds debate in open forum, to address the future sustainability criteria for aquaculture feeds and global industrial feed grade fisheries.

"Can Electronic Trading Systems Work for the Nephrops Industry?", 1999

Proceedings and background report for an industry workshop organised by Nautilus in Inverness.  The workshop looked at the pros and cons of electronic auctions in the context of the UK nephrops trade. The increasing importance of nephrops to the UK fishing industry and increasing prevalence of electronic trading in the UK made this workshop well attended and its findings essential reading for stakeholders.