Institute of Marine Resources


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Dr Simon Harding
  • Dr Simon Harding
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    Institute of Marine Resources
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    Research Fellow
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    B.Sc. (Hons.) Marine Biology (University of Liverpool, UK);

    Ph.D. Marine Ecology (Port Erin Marine Laboratory, University of Liverpool, UK).

    Dr Simon Harding has over twenty years of professional experience working in marine and coastal ecosystems, mainly in tropical environments. Specialist areas of expertise are coral reef resource and biodiversity assessments, marine conservation planning and habitat mapping, small-scale fisheries management, MPA designation for community-based management, environmental training and awareness programmes for local stakeholders and counterparts and providing high-level marine conservation and fisheries policy advice to decision makers.

    Simon has worked with a range of organisations and project partners, including international NGO’s, government ministries, departments and institutes, international bodies (UNOPS, UNDP, GEF, EU, UN Environment, CBD) and academic institutions in a number of countries (UK, Philippines, Canada, Australia, Malaysia, Maldives and Madagascar). He has over 40 publications including peer-reviewed papers and conference proceedings, applied technical reports and management plans, scientific reviews and policy briefs. Research areas covered include coral reefs and climate change, small-scale fisheries; underwater noise, marine debris, marine reserves and managed areas, and socio-economic assessments of coastal communities and seafood chains.

    Selected Publications:
    Harding, S. 2019. Madagascar. In: C. Sheppard (ed.) World Seas: An Environmental Evaluation Volume II: The Indian Ocean to the Pacific. Elsevier, Oxford (book chapter)

    Evans, V., Hashim, S. and Harding, S. 2018. Maldives Grouper Fishery and Conservation Project: Phase 2 Report. Blue Marine Foundation report to the Maldives Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture. Blue Marine Foundation, London. 93 pp + 23 Appendices

    Cripps, G., Harris, A., Humber, F., Harding, S. and Thomas, T. 2015. A Preliminary Value Chain Analysis of Shark Fisheries in Madagascar. Indian Ocean Commission. SF/2015/34. 43 pp.

    Harding, S., Clark, E., Gardiner-Smith, B., Grover, A., Reading, S. and Rogers, A. 2010. GLOBE Action Plan for Coral Reefs. GLOBE International Commission on Land-Use Change and Ecosystems. 58 pp.

    Koldewey, H., Curnick, D., Harding, S., Harrison, L.R. and Gollock, M. 2010. Potential benefits to fisheries and biodiversity of the Chagos Archipelago/British Indian Ocean Territory as a no-take marine reserve. Marine Pollution Bulletin 60: 1906-1915.

    Harding, S. and Randriamanantsoa, B. 2008. Coral Reef Monitoring in Marine Reserves of northern Madagascar. In: Ten years after bleaching-facing the consequences of climate change in the Indian Ocean. CORDIO Status Report 2008. Eds. Obura, D.O. et al. Mombasa. p. 93-106.

    Harding, S., Comley, J. and Raines P. 2006. Baseline Data Analysis as a Tool for Predicting the Conservation Value of Tropical Coastal Habitats in the Indo-Pacific. Ocean and Coastal Management Volume 49, Issues 9-10 pp. 696-705


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