Dr. Tony Hawkins, Environmental Research Institute
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As a student, Tony Hawkins listened to the sounds produced by fishes, operating from a small boat off the south coast of Ireland. He then studied the hearing abilities of fishes as part of a team at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen Scotland looking into the role of fish behaviour in fish capture by trawls. Later, Tony was appointed Director of Fisheries Research for Scotland and Coordinator of Fisheries Research for the UK. He has since continued to work on fisheries management problems in both European and tropical waters. He is currently working with fishermen and other stakeholders to provide advice on the management of fisheries in the North Sea – one of the most heavily fished areas in the World. He is also a scientific adviser to the Sound and Marine Life program of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. Every three years, with others, he organises an international conference on the effects of noise on aquatic life bringing together scientists, engineers, regulators, and industry. Tony continues to carry out research into marine soundscapes, fish communication, and the responses of fish to man-made sounds.