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*NEW* Harvest strategies for Tasmanian coastal fisheries shared between recreational and commercial sectors

Supervision Team:

Prof Caleb Gardner (contact)

Dr Klaas Hartmann

Dr Jeremy Lyle

Dr Rich Little

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.

Two PhDs are proposed to work in this area.  Both PhDs are intended to:

  • Develop quantitative modelling skills that are in high demand for employers such as CSIRO.
  • Work on selected small coastal fisheries as case studies and support the way we manage these fisheries into the future.
  • Produce research outputs on topics of global interest that should lead to publications with high impact.
  • Contribute to the global research effort to produce better management of fisheries in data poor situations.