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*NEW* Harvest strategies for data poor Tasmanian coastal fisheries "Funded by the Heather Brown Scholarship"

Supervision Team:

Prof Caleb Gardner (contact)

Dr Klaas Hartmann*

Dr Jeremy Lyle*

Dr Rich Little

This project is funded by the Heather Brown Scholarship.

Best practice fisheries management involves the use of harvest strategies, which use a formal process to take scientific data on fisheries and translate this into fishery management decisions.  This approach is gaining momentum in higher value / well studied fisheries but it has been difficult to make progress with smaller data poor fisheries. This is a significant challenge for Australia and globally because 90% of fished species are in this category. There has been a reasonable amount of research in this area for offshore fisheries but there remains a need for more research on coastal fisheries.  Coastal fisheries have different issues to offshore fisheries, such as catch taken by the recreational sector.

The Research Project

Best practice fisheries management involves the use of harvest strategies, which use a formal process to take scientific data on fisheries and translate this into fishery management decisions.  This approach is gaining momentum in higher value / well studied fisheries but it has been difficult to make progress with smaller data poor fisheries.  This is a significant challenge for Australia and globally because 90% of fished species are in this category.  There has been a reasonable amount of research in this area for offshore fisheries but there remains a need for more research on coastal fisheries.  Coastal fisheries have different issues to offshore fisheries, such as catch taken by the recreational sector.

Eligibility

The following eligibility criteria apply to this scholarship:

  • The scholarship is open to Australian (domestic) candidates and to International candidates.
  • The PhD must be undertaken on a full-time basis.
  • Applicants must already have been awarded a first class Honours degree or hold equivalent qualifications or relevant and substantial research experience in an appropriate sector.
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate strong research and analytical skills.

Candidates from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.  Knowledge and skills that will be ranked highly include:

  • Population dynamics
  • Computer programming in R, C, Python or similar language
  • Written and oral communication
  • Fisheries management
  • Simulation modelling
  • Statistics and optimisation methods
  • Control theory
  • Economics
  • Database
  • Survey technique

Funding

This PhD scholarship is jointly funded by the Heather Brown Foundation and the University of Tasmania.

Application Process

Applicants should visit the Apply Now website and complete an application via the University of Tasmania's Online Application System.  Please indicate under Scholarship Support that you wish to be considered for a Heather Brown living allowance scholarship.

More information

Please contact Caleb Gardner for more information.