University College Dublin & Atlantic Salmon Trust
Over his career Ken Whelan worked for several research organisations in Ireland and more recently as an Executive Director in the Irish Marine Institute. He has a wide experience in the fields of fisheries science,stock dynamics of Atlantic salmon and sea trout, climate change impacts on migratory fish stocks and science communications.
He served as President of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation from 2004 to 2008. As President he helped co-ordinate and manage the major SALSEA or Salmon at Sea Programme (2008 to 2011). Ken was Chairman of the International Atlantic Salmon Research Board from 2007 to 2011 and is currently Chairman of the Scientific Council of the Loire Basin Salmon Restoration Programme. In December 2009 he was appointed as Adjunct Professor in the School of Biology and Environmental Science at University College Dublin and as Research Director of the Atlantic Salmon Trust.
Ken runs his own fisheries consultancy and has published over 100 technical reports and scientific papers. He has scripted, produced and presented many films and videos on various aspects of Irish fisheries and angling.His most recent film, Atlantic Salmon – Lost at Sea has received wide critical acclaim. He is a regular radio contributor on Irish national radio.