Carl received the award of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June 2017 in recognition of his services to the management of internationally-shared fisheries.
Carl is the Defra Chief Fisheries Science Adviser (since 2010), UK Delegate to ICES (since 2012), Chair of the ICES’ Awards Committee (elected in 2016 for 2017-2019) and an ICES’ Vice-President (elected in 2017 for 2018-2020) serving on the Bureau which acts as the Executive Committee of the ICES’ Council. He joined Cefas in 1995, working on modelling and data analytics to record and advise on the challenges of fish stock assessment, management and advice.
Before joining Cefas, his career as an applied statistician included modelling multi-component radioactive decay processes, determining 3-dimensional crystal structures, developing commercial numerical software packages and modelling the phenology of tropical trees; the latter whilst working in the Brazilian Amazon for nearly four years.
During his time at Cefas, Carl has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals, has coordinated a wide range of contracts and specialist project reports, and has published non-specialist articles. He was the Algorithms Editor of Applied Statistics (1990-1997) and subsequently, an Associate Editor for the Royal Statistical Society, London. He was the Joint Buckland Professor for 2015 on the theme: Securing the supply of food from marine fisheries, lecturing on the topic: Future fisheries management & governance in the EU.
Within the ICES’ science and advisory communities, he has been Chair of the Resource Management Committee (2001-2004), a member of both the Consultative Committee (2001-2004) and the Advisory Committee on Fishery Management (2001-2006). He has Chaired many ICES’ science groups, notably the Working Group on Methods on Fish Stock Assessment, the Study Group on the Incorporation of Process Information into Stock-recruitment Modelling, the Workshop on Multi-species in the North Sea, the Working Group on Fishery Systems and the Workshop on Reference Points in the Baltic Sea. In 2011 Carl was appointed to Cefas’ Fellows Tier in recognition of being at the forefront of developing new strategies for fisheries management through a leading advisory role in the ICES’ community and in Defra. Since 2012 he has pioneered approaches within ICES and the European Union for data-limited stocks and the development of maximum sustainable yield (MSY) reference point proxies for fish and shellfish stocks – with an emphasis on providing fisheries management advice to our UK Ministers and the European Commission; often speaking at European Parliament hearings in Brussels. Carl was appointed ICES’ Advisory Committee (ACOM) Vice-chair (fisheries portfolio) for four years until December 2012, at which time he became the UK Member of ACOM until December 2015 and subsequently, has remained UK Alternate Member of ACOM.
Within Cefas, Carl held the position of Science Leader - Resource Management (2005-2007) – a role in which he led on the direction and quality of Cefas’ science in the areas of environment and fisheries management; and was appointed Fisheries Division Director in 2007 until 2010.