SPEAKER: Professor Reg Watson, Professor of Fisheries and Ecological Modelling, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania
DATE: Friday, 23rd February 2018
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207
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ABSTRACT: Mapping global fisheries was key to novel investigations of the status of global fisheries, the fuel consumption and greenhouse gas production of global fleets, the future of marine resources under climate change projections, and the contribution of fisheries to global trade, food security and human nutrition. Covers the researcher’s journey from working with government supporting fisheries to working with ecologists and conservation groups looking at the future of our global marine resources and attempts to breakdown collaborative barriers.
BIO. Born and raised in Canada, Prof Reg Watson first worked for federal and provincial agencies on commercial freshwater fisheries and aquaculture; he also taught zoology to indigenous peoples in its far north. In 1979 he came to Australia to begin a PhD in Brisbane at Queensland University in parasitology (parasites of eels as it turns out). Since then he has worked in Papua New Guinea, the USA, Indonesia and Australia on everything from fisheries modelling to marine biodiversity policy. For more than 10 years he worked on Queensland’s prawn fisheries (Torres Strait) then took up a position leading research into Western Australia’s valuable prawn fisheries (5 years) before moving to the University of British Columbia in Vancouver to help develop the Sea Around Us project. He later returned to Australia (2008) to a position at the University of Tasmania. As Professor of Fisheries and Ecological Modelling at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies he continues his research in fisheries and ecology; in addition, he developed and teaches a highly commended unit “Marine Resource Management and Conservation”.
Reg works as a professor, researcher and analyst to map global fisheries, and their interactions with marine ecosystems. He aims to maintain the services that the ocean provides, and as such supports BOTH the seafood industry and the marine conservation movements. “Neither group has a monopoly on the ‘moral high ground’. We need creative solutions to difficult problems that must be addressed now – all expertise and strong collaboration is required”. His collaborations include global studies of marine biodiversity, economics of fishing, and impacts on birds and mammals; and desire to develop better ways to assess the health of exploited marine systems, the impacts of climate change, and the social consequences of mismanagement. These collaborations have recently been recognised by a Highly Cited Researcher award by Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters) for 2017 for ecology/environment.
For more info: http://www.utas.edu.au/profiles/staff/imas/reg-watson
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