Emeritus Professor Doug Butterworth

Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics; Marine Research Institute
Biomathematics; fisheries management, and the use of a mathematical modelling approach in the assessment of and developing management procedures for renewable marine resources


Professor Emeritus Doug Butterworth heads the Marine Resource Assessment and Management (MARAM) Research Group in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics . As well as contributing to the provision of scientific advice on catch levels for South Africa's major fisheries, he has acted as a consultant on fisheries management issues to eleven other national governments, and also to fishing industries in ten countries, as well as serving as a national representative or invitee in his personal capacity on the Scientific Committees of eleven international fisheries organizations. His research has covered many marine species, including anchovy, hake, krill, lobster, orange roughy, sardine, seals, tuna and whales. He has received a number of prestigious awards for his contributions to the field, including the South African President's National Orders award of the Order of Mapungubwe (silver) for contribution to the betterment of the environment and sustainability of fisheries.

Climate change and Development link:

Prof. Butterworths offers scientific advice that is formulated on the basis of achieving sustainable utilisation of the resources concerned, which takes account of the possible impacts of climate change where appropriate. For example, Prof Butterworth has offered a response on the CFOOD website to the senior author, Jon Hare, of the PLOS ONE article about the impact of climate change on fisheries in the US Northeast. His response was intended to encourage responses, debates, and discussions (with differences of opinion!) on this topic in local South African DAFF Scientific Working Groups for various species in mind.


Tel: +27 (0)21 650 2343
Fax: +27 (0)21 650 2334
Email: doug.butterworth@uct.ac.za