Ian Watson.

Curriculum Vitae
Date of this version 05/08/15


Ian Gordon Watson

SPECIALISM Fish in development

Watson Fish Consulting, 40 Seymour Road, Chatham, KENT ME5 7AE, United Kingdom.
Tel: +44-1634-827012 (messaging service)

WEBSITE http://www.theNRgroup.net



27 years experience, overseas and UK in developing the capacity of countries to benefit from fishery products in small and large-scale developments.  Delivery of support services to aquaculture and fisheries – food safety, business training, marketing, product development, handling and distribution.  Support to institutional strengthening and policy development for government.  Project identification, project development and project management.  Training needs assessments, training delivery.  Analysis of regulatory structures and functions.  Field Management of a major fisheries project, including designing and supporting technical studies, recruiting consultants, privatisation and restructuring, responsible for accounting for all expenditure and budgetary management, supervising training courses and attachments.  Fishery product food safety and application of EU regulations for Third Countries.

Other experience includes:

  • Natural resource conservation, management, including environmental considerations, regulation and legislation.
  • Research management
  • Impact of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing on food security and food safety
  • Detection of fish-borne trematodes with molecular biological tools
  • Aquaculture feeds.  On farm fish and shrimp feed production.
  • Development of ornamental fish trade and market studies.
  •  Artemia production and use
  • Member of member of UK Bushmeat Working Group

QUALIFICATIONS (including membership of professional bodies)


B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology, University of London, 1976
Honorary Research Fellow at DICE, University of Kent at Canterbury
Member of the Institute of Fisheries Management
Diploma of the Institute of Fisheries Management, 1997
Member of the Society for the Environment – Chartered Environmentalist status
Member of Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (UK)
Member of Ornamental Fish International

    Speaking Reading Writing
  English (mother tongue) Excellent Excellent Excellent
  Romanian Fair Good Fair
  French Basic Basic Basic

Member of the steering committee for the River Loddon Fisheries and Conservation Consultative Committee, member of Loddon Basin Flood Action Group steering committee, LFCC liaison with residents’ groups on flooding and flood risk reduction.  Adviser to the Barbel Society on research and conservation issues.  Deputy Chair of the NRgroup 2010 – date.  Chair of the NRgroup (2004-2009).


MSc student supervision at DICE for projects on the ornamental fish industry into mortality at the retail stage and consumer choice for discus.  May-June 2013 survey on discus industry and consumer preferences (Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore).  2013 worked on research into reptile care and mortality in the UK.



  June 2015 – ongoing (to September 2016) Key Expert for SPS measures on TRTA3 Europaid project Philippines.  Responsible for advice on a wide range of food safety and phytosanitary issues and for provision of technical training and mentoring for the Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration. 

September 2014 – July 2015 Working with DICE on a contract for the Ornamental Aquatic Trades Association (UK) into the benefits of the trade in wild-caught ornamental aquatic organisms.  Carried out visits to Peru and Bali to set up household livelihood surveys and accompanied Project Piaba trip on the Rio Negro, Brazil to examine the ornamental fish value chain and advise on future developments for Project Piaba.  Lead author on literature survey on the trade in wild-caught ornamental aquatic organisms.


October/November 2014 TRTA3 Europaid project Philippines.  Food safety adviser.  Worked with Food and Drug Administration on the development of a risk-based approach to food safety.  Drafted a guidance manual for risk-based inspection and held a workshop to agree manual context and scope.


September 2012.  COMSEC Team Leader.  Malawi – workshops for delivery of improved training curricula for Malawi College of Fisheries and Malawi Bureau of Standards.  Development of quality and hygiene standards for small-scale fisheries.  Advisory on government structures and systems to enforce proposed changes in food safety and qualify legislation. Final workshop to validate project recommendations.


April-May 2012.  COMSEC Team Leader.  Malawi - Training needs assessment for Dept of Fisheries and private sector for post-harvest fisheries quality and food safety.  Assessment of the capacity of training institutes to deliver appropriate training.  Revision of curriculum for Malawi College or Fisheries.  Advising DoF on the implementation of MSME support and development strategy for fisheries and aquaculture.  Evaluation of the potential for Malawi to engage in regional trade in fisheries products.


January 2012.  COMSEC, Team Leader.  Malawi – Inception Mission to assess the capacity of Dept of Fisheries, Malawi College of Fisheries and Malawi Bureau of Standards to inspect and regulate fisheries products and their capacity for support and training.


August – September 2011.  EU STABEX.  Solomon Islands.  End of term review of the STABEX-funded SOCSI project on Competent Authority and industry strengthening.  Evaluation undertaken in line with 9th EDF guidelines.


February – March 2011.  TRTA2, Europaid.  Philippines - undertook a performance audit of the Competent Authority (BFAR) to evaluate their performance and implementation of Official Controls.  Confirmed traceability and cold/chill chain maintenance for industry.  Conducted workshop with CA to develop action plan to fill gaps in Official Controls.


November 2010 – February 2011.  COMSEC, Team Leader.  Samoa - drafted legislation for Dept of Fisheries to comply with EU food safety Regulations.  Carried out training for DoF and industry on operation of Competent Authority, EU legislation and fish grading.  Provided training support on food safety and HACCP.  Evaluated capacity of Samoa to engage in international trade in fisheries products.


September-October 2010.  TRTA2, Europaid.  Philippines - assessment of the BFAR residue monitoring and aquaculture farm registration for compliance with EU requirements for residues in fishery products.  Wrote guidelines for revision of the residue monitoring program and for strengthening the farm registration system.


August-September 2010.  COMSEC, Team Leader.  Samoa - assessment of capacity for Samoa Competent Authority and industry to reach sanitary conditions required to export fishery products to the EU.  Undertook review of Samoan fishery products legislation.  Carried out training needs assessment for industry and the CA and drew up training plan (to be implemented in 2011).


May-June 2010.  TRTA2, Europaid.  Risk-based sampling for stakeholders.  Philippines – training industry quality control inspectors on risk-based sampling for fishery products.   Drafted procedures and methodologies for inclusion in sampling procedures manual.  Advised on laboratory sampling handling procedures for BFAR and drafted procedures on sample handling.


March 2010.  SFP Module 2, Brussels.  Evaluation of tenders for the supply of laboratory equipment for ACP states.


August-September 2009.  TRTA2, Europaid.  Risk-based sampling.  Philippines training CA inspectors from BFAR on risk-based sampling for fishery products.  Included practical training in fish processing factories and on board vessels.  Drafted procedures and methodologies for inclusion in BFAP operations manual.


July 2009.  UK, FAO.  Preparation of brief for FAO/COPESCAL on the ornamental fish industry in S America.


November – December 2008.  Fiji, Forum Fishery Agency.  Institutional strengthening and training expert.  Delivery of training to the Competent Authorities of PNG, Fiji and Solomon Islands in the development of EU-compliant systems for the taking of official samples.


November 2008.  Solomon Islands, Forum Fisheries Agency.  Advising the Competent Authority for fisheries products on strengthening their inspection services.  Delivering consultancy on compliance with EU legislation, management of the CA and operation of the inspectorate.


May - July 2008.  November 2008 - Fiji, PNG, Niue.  Forum Fishery Agency.  Institutional strengthening and training Expert.  To upgrade the skills and confidence of inspectors from Competent Authority in each country with particular regard to the requirements for the EU market. This required working mainly with the staff of the Competent Authority, but also explanation and briefings to tuna companies exporting to, or wishing to export to, Europe. To provide training to Government and Industry personnel on National Control Plan application, principles and regulatory verification.


Jan/March 2008 - UK, Germany and Vietnam.  CLD for Marine Stewardship Council.  Trade analyst.  Examined the potential for small-scale fisheries in developing countries to access EU markets under the MSC certification scheme.  Carried out interviews with major UK and German retailers and suppliers to identify market opportunities.  Undertook field work in Vietnam to identify specific opportunities for small-scale fisheries.


August 2007 – short advisory to DFID through the DewPoint call-down programme to brief advisor on putting research into practice in advance of the EU Water Initiative summit.


March/April 2007 - Desk study on the potential for using meat and bone meal in aquafeeds –for private client.


Sept – Dec 2006 – Fiji, Samoa, Tongo, Cook Islands, Tuvalu, Kiribati.  Working on the All ACP EC funded Fisheries SPS Programme, was responsible for examining the prospects for these countries to export fishery products to the EU.  In doing this, he undertook an assessment of policies in support of the export of fishery products, of industry, legislative framework and ability of government to operate inspection system on behalf of EU, including ability of Competent Authorities to detect and control corruption. Undertook an assessment of laboratory support for Competent Authority.  Assessed the capability of the small-scale sector to participate in the export trade.  Undertook a review of market opportunities for the processing industry.  Reviewed regional laboratory capacity for compliance with EU requirements.


Aug – Nov 2006.  Desk study on the use of DNA-based techniques for the detection of illegal, unreported and unlicensed fishing.  DfID – PASS funded contract August 2006.  Gave presentation to Chatham House meeting on prevention of IUU fishing (November 2006).


2001 – 2006 EU FP5 Research TREMKIT Project Co-ordinator, responsible for ensuring progress on the project, organising and running co-ordination meetings and reporting to DG Research.  The TREMKIT project is researching molecular biological methods (PCR and MAB) for the detection of fish-borne trematodes June 2001 – July 2006.


Oct – Nov 2005 Serbia and Montenegro.  Undertook a review of the policies and legislation in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors relating to food safety, disease control and environmental protection.  Highlighted key areas for action for EU compliance and prepared action plans.  Contributed to the preparation of a project fiche for further funding by European Agency for Reconstruction.

  Policy issues relating to EU fishing licence agreements and bushmeat conservation in W Africa.  Contribute to Chatham House meetings on control and prevention of IUU fishing.

(a detailed list of all overseas experience is available on request)


Philippines.  Numerous visits since 1992 to support Competent Authorities, especially for processed fishery products.  Carried out several missions to train CA and develop systems manuals for food safety regulation.; also worked with industry.  Carried out food safety-related training to CA and industry.


UK, Germany and Vietnamassessment of the scope for small-scale fisheries in developing countries to become involved in the Marine Stewardship Council ecolabelling scheme carried out January to April 2008.  Conducted trade surveys in UK and Germany with major retailers and their suppliers and carried out research in Vietnam to identify potential fisheries for ecolabelling.


South Pacific.  Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands – food safety legislation and operation of Competent Authority, 2006-2011.  EU and COMSEC funded project to examine the prospects for the above countries to export fishery products to the EU and advise on improving performance and systems for the Competent Authority.  Responsible for assessing industry including small-scale sector, legislative framework and ability of government to operate inspection system on behalf of EU and advising SFP on project support to the CA.


Thailand, China, India, Germany and FAO (Rome) –  2001 – 2006 co-ordinator of the EU FP5 funded TREMKIT project for developing molecular biological tools for the detection of fish-borne trematodes..  Prepared annual reports to the EC research and chaired six-monthly co-ordination meetings.  Produced final project report to the EC.


Serbia and Montenegro – fisheries and food safety legislation, October/November 2005.  European Agency for Reconstruction funded project to strengthen fisheries in Serbia and Montenegro.  Responsible for advising on legislative changes needed to meet EU requirements.  Advised on aquaculture development and on fiche documents for future assistance to the fisheries sector.


South America development of the ornamental fish trade Guyana January 2005, field visit to advise ornamental fish collectors and exporters on the potential markets for fishes from the Rupununi.  Advice given on collecting, handling and shipping fishes in Guyana and to international markets.  Produced colour catalogue of fishes from the Rupununi.  Produced business plan for the ornamental fish collectors. Peru – November 2014, field visit to set up household surveys on ornamental fish collectors.  Collected information on the value chain in Peru.  Bali – November 2014, field visit to set up household surveys on ornamental fish collectors.  Collected information on the value chain in Bali.  Accompanied Project Piaba trip on the Rio Negro to study the value chain for ornamental fishes and advise on future developments for Project Piaba.


Romania – working with government May 1993-September 2000


Aquaculture and Fisheries Development Specialist.  Advising Ministry of Agriculture on the adoption of the Common Fisheries Policy by Romania.  Assisting Directorate of Fisheries to draw up proposals for EU assistance for achieving compliance with the CFP and harmonisation of Romanian law with EU legislation.Studies on the research, training, and support services required by the inland fisheries sector.  Review of Project activities in support of enterprise restructuring and training.

Development of regional business training for the fisheries sector.  Monitoring of privatisation and restructuring of state fisheries enterprises.

June 1994-March 1998: Project Field Manager Know How Fund (KHF) Fisheries Project.  Responsible for local management of the project programme, including all local staff and consultants, and budgetary control.  Responsible for overseeing privatisation and restructuring of Romanian inland fisheries enterprises.  Advised GoR on appropriate policies, training and institutional development for the inland fisheries and fish farming industries, legislation, EU integration, natural resource management and fish farm development.  Advised GoR on devolving management of the Danube Delta fishery to local fishermen.  Assisted GoR to develop management and monitoring tools, including computer-based system.  Worked with industry to develop business training and business support systems.  Worked with industry on skills upgrading, new product development, and marketing.  Negotiated with GoR and industry to enable the privatisation of the sector.  Development and implementation of training courses.

Promotion of investment in Romanian fisheries sector at Fisch 98 exhibition, Bremen.

Establishing carp feeding trials to demonstrate relative costs and benefits of improved fish feed technology.  Survey of fish feeds, feed materials and their supply.  Investigation of technical problems facing the fish farming industry.


Romania – working with institutions September 1999-March 2001


Danube Delta National Institute.  Development of institutional strengthening programme.  Led successful bid for EU DG Research Centres of Excellence funds.  Recruitment and supervision of PhD students.


Guyana – working with communities December 2000

Attendance at Iwokrama project workshops in Georgetown and North Rupununi to advise on options for development in fish farming and ornamental fish collecting.  Workshop with communities in N Rupununi to discuss issues relating to ornamental fish collecting.

Project identification


Sri Lanka June 1999.
Project identification mission for Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka to examine the potential for improving production from inland fisheries and aquaculture.  Assisted Mahaweli Authority to draw up a project proposal for submission to donors.


India October 1992
Project identification mission for EC DGI on Artemia production proposal.  Responsible for technical appraisal.


1998 (August) Aquaculture Development Specialist.  To advise Bihac Meat Industry on the rehabilitation of Martin Brod trout farm and to assist them to prepare a business plan for submission in support of an application for investment funds.

Animal feeds


hilippines March 1992, October 1991
ODA funded project.  Establishing pig-feeding trials to investigate the economic impact of aflatoxins on commercial pig production. Investigation of the extent of aflatoxin contamination in animal feeds.  Identification of possible centres for detailed studies.


Thailand March and November 1991
ODA funded development of formulations and manufacturing technology for on farm fish feed production for small-scale aquaculture using locally available materials.  Worked in collaboration with Asian Institute of Technology.


Bangladesh March 1991
ODA funded survey of the fish feed requirements of small-scale fish farmers with NRI economist.  Survey of availability of fish feed components.  Discussed possible means of implementation with NGOs and donor funded aquaculture development projects.


India March 1990
Member of  ODA funded 4 person team to evaluate potential for detoxification of aflatoxin contaminated feedstuffs.


Philippines and India February/March 1990
ODA funded survey of the market for non-ruminant feedstuffs with NRI economist.  Responsible for technical appraisal.  Drew up research strategy for NRI in S and SE Asia.


Egypt October 1998, October 1997
Discussed possible collaboration with Egyptian researchers and presented paper at seminar on fish feeds. Discussion of research needs for Egyptian aquaculture and progress on collaborative research project.


Zimbabwe November 1987
Advisory visit to feed producers to improve fish feed formulations and manufacturing technology.  Worked with major feed producers and Trout Producers Association on improved trout feed.

Environmental Protection


Uganda February 1993
ODA funded research survey of the effects of water hyacinth on littoral fish populations in Lake Victoria, in collaboration with Ugandan Freshwater Fisheries Organisation, Jinja.  Sampled affected and non-affected sites.  Responsible for initial identification of haplochromines.  Co-authored paper on results of survey.


Ecuador June – September 1979
Collection and initial identification of fishes from Rio Pastaza system for British Museum (Natural History).




Environment Protection:    Supervision of work on the impact of pesticides on non-target species used in river corridors.  Responsible for experimental design and development of experimental procedures.  Supervision of work on the effects of long term exposure to sub-lethal levels of pesticides on fish growth, residues levels and carcass quality.  Work carried out by student resulted in him gaining a PhD.


Feed Technologist:    Development of low-cost, low technology methods for on-farm production of aquaculture feeds in less developed countries.  Evaluation of novel feed materials.  Development of systems for more effective used of fishery waste.  Conduct of feeding trials for the evaluation of diets.  Supervision of visiting trainees.


Hatchery development:   Design and installation of recirculation system for rearing of fishes and for experimentation.

Thames Water Authority


Fisheries Improvement:  Worked on Thames Salmon Rehabilitation Scheme.  Carried out river surveys, restocking and broodstock collection.  Also carried out routine fisheries monitoring (netting, electro-fishing, tagging).  Population monitoring (numbers/biomass assessment, growth, age, etc.).


Fish farm development:  Development of coldwater and temperate hatchery and rearing facility for TWA.  Responsible for fitting out of hatchery and installation of recirculation systems.  Worked on induced spawning of cyprinids, fry rearing and growing on.


Angler survey:  Survey of recreational fishermen to assess the effectiveness of trout restocking programme on the Thames.

Other UK


Wessex Water Authority:  Fitting out of fish hatchery.  Installation of water supply and aeration systems.  Installation of hatching equipment.


Willowbank Aquarium Products:  Quality control of Artemia cysts.  Optimisation of hatching procedures.  Optimisation of feeding rates for cyprinid fry.  Development of feeding recommendation for commercial hatchery operators.  Advice to commercial customers.  Representation of company at trade and publics events.




Freelance consultant in fisheries and aquaculture development.


1987-July 2001
Natural Resources Institute, Central Avenue, Chatham Maritime, KENT ME5 7AE, United Kingdom.


June 1994-March 1998
Field Manager, Know How Fund Fisheries Project, Romania.  Responsible for co-ordination of all project activities in Romania, management of project and staff, budgetary management.


1991-June 1994
Fisheries Scientist in Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Department.  The principal areas of work were aquaculture development, feed formulation and manufacture and the effects of pollution on fishes.


1987-October 1991
Feed Technologist in Livestock Section.  Responsible for development of appropriate feed formulations and manufacturing technology for feeds in developing countries.


Freelance consultancy and research studies for a range of employers including:


University of Reading - carp hatchery development, under contract to Thames Water Authority


Royal Holloway College - fish farm development, under contract to Thames Water Authority


Thames Water Authority - Thames salmon rehabilitation scheme


Wessex Water Authority - carp hatchery installation


Willowbank Aquarium Products - quality control, product development, advice to commercial customers on Artemia use


Non-professional employment


Demonstrator at Polytechnic of Central London.  Responsible for assisting at practicals and tutorials on Life Sciences Courses.  Research into fish production.


Mainly published as reports to employer and to donor, and not for public readership.  Some published work on feed processing and supply.


Watson, I (2010)  Green fish, does the customer care?  OFI Journal 64: 16-19


Watson, I and Crozier, B (2006) STRENGTHENING FISHERY PRODUCTS HEALTH CONDITIONS IN ACP/OCT COUNTRIES, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT N°114338/C/SV/ACP  “Assessment of Fishery Products Sanitary Conditions in the Pacific Region comprising Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Western Samoa, Tonga and Tuvalu” Contract N° 38/03/06/PAC II


Watson, I (2006)  PASS Contract JF0371: The Potential for DNA-Based Method to be Used for the Detection of Illegal Trade in Fish from IUU.


Watson, I and M-A Moreau (2006)  The ornamental fish trade in support of livelihoods. OFI Journal 50 Feb 2006:  20-23


Watson, I (2005)  Do fish need to be certified?  OFI Journal 49 October 2005: 22-25


Watson, I (2005)  Ornamental aquatics as invaders – guilty as charged?  OFI Journal 48 May 2005: 116-120


Watson, I (2004)  Wild food from sea and forest.  Samudra 39, November 2004.


Watson, I and Brashares, J (2004) The bushmeat trade and fishing licence agreements in West Africa.  ODI Wildlife Policy Briefing Number 4.

  Watson, I (2003)  The problem of fish-borne trematodes. New Agriculturist. 

Watson, 1 (2001)  Improving livelihoods through fisheries-related activities - a report to the Iwokrama Project..  NRI Report No. 2574.  29pp


Watson, 1 (2000)  The role of the ornamental fish industry in poverty alleviation.  NRI Report No. 2504.  66pp.


Watson, I (1999)  Report to Mahaweli Authority on the potential for improving fisheries in the Mahaweli systems.  NRI Report No. 844.  41pp.


Watson, I. and Rogers, J. (1998)  The Know How Fund fisheries project Romania.  Eastfish Magazine 4/98, p: 16-18


Watson, I. and Stefan, G. (1998)  Adding value by simple processing.  Eastfish Magazine 1/98, p: 64-68


Stoicescu, C.R., Balan, C., Vizitiu. V. and Watson, I (1997)  The Fishery Industry in Romania.  FAO/Eastfish Fishery Industry Vol.11, Copenhagen, FAO.  75p.


Willoughby, N.G., Watson, I.G. and Twongo, T. (1996)  Preliminary studies on the effects of water hyacinth on the diversity, abundance and ecology of the littoral fish fauna in Lake Victoria, Uganda.  In:  Johnson, T.C. and Odada, E.O. (eds.)  The limnology, climatology and paleoclimatology of the East African lakes.  Gordon and Breach, UK.  pp. 643-655