Protecting the Catch

The global 'catch' is under pressure.

Protecting the Catch

Seafood feeds the world. It has long been a key dietary component for hundreds of millions of people. But the global ‘catch’ is under pressure.

With the world’s population predicted to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, seafood demand is set to skyrocket. Yet, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, almost 90% of fish stocks are already fully or over-exploited. So how can we keep seafood on the menu?

In this special National Science Week forum, some of Australia’s leading researchers in a number of complementary disciplines will discuss the critical challenges of sustainable fisheries: scientific and commercial interests; environmental concerns; ethics and equity; and international law and policy.

We hope you can join us.

The Presenters

Dr Nengye Liu is a senior lecturer in the Adelaide Law School, University of Adelaide. His research centres on enhancing global governance regimes for better protection of the oceans, with particular focus on the polar regions and South China Sea. Dr Liu also serves as an Associate Editor of the Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford) and a review editor of Frontiers in Marine Science.

Dr Zoë Doubleday is a Research Fellow and marine ecologist in the University of Adelaide’s School of Biological Sciences. Zoe investigates how marine plants and animals respond, for better or worse, to our changing environment. She has a particular interest in “weedy” species: adaptable organisms like squid that thrive in the face of change. It is these species that may be our future source of food and the future key players that keep our oceans healthy.

Professor Reg Watson is Professor of Fisheries and Ecological Modelling at the University of Tasmania. He collaborates globally in research looking at: impacts on, and limitations to, fisheries; the impacts of climate change and other factors on marine food security; and marine ecosystem modelling.

Associate Professor Margaret Young is Director of Studies, Environmental Law, in the University of Melbourne Law School. She is the author of Trading Fish, Saving Fish: The Interaction between Regimes in International Law, for which she was awarded the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Junior Scholar Prize (2012).

Mr Keith Rowling is Program Leader, Community Based Fisheries, in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Division of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA). He leads a team who develop and implement policy and undertake day to day management of a number of fisheries which are particularly important to both the commercial and recreational fishing sectors. A key focus in his work is to integrate evidence-based science into decision-making for the sustainable management of these shared-access fisheries.

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