Our IMAS Salmon Environmental Interactions Team has taken out the prestigious University of Tasmania Medal for Research Excellence, in recognition of their science on the effects of salmon farming in our coastal zone.
The award honours the outstanding contribution Dr Jeff Ross, Associate Professor Catriona Macleod and their dedicated team have made to ensuring the research that underpins our understanding and monitoring of the environmental interactions of salmon farming is of the highest quality, across the spectrum of innovation and impact, mentoring and early-career researcher development, and community engagement.
Dr Ross said the team showed an outstanding commitment, both to Tasmania’s natural environment and to generating the understanding needed to support the sustainable development of the salmon industry.
“Our work has contributed to better balancing the protection of natural values of our coastal environment, with the social and economic benefits from the industry. This benefits society and the communities we are such a part of – and informs government and industry management,” Dr Ross said.
“It can be a challenging space to work in, but we are proud of the strong independent voice our team provides to government, industry and the community – advice that has driven real change in farm management and environmental regulation.”
Associate Professor MacLeod agrees. “Our team is driving real and positive change. The research has really improved our understanding of the interactions, risks and challenges in coastal management, and we are committed to creating solutions over time.”
Find out more about the work of the IMAS Salmon Environmental Interaction Team on our salmon aquaculture research page (scroll down for our Salmon Environment Projects)
Image (top right): Members of the Salmon Environmental Interaction Team receiving the award from the University Vice Chancellor Professor Rufus Black
Image (above): Dr Jeff Ross (left) with some of the Salmon Environmental Interaction Team.(L to R) James Hortle, Andrew Pender, Kylie Cahill, Sam Kruimink, Olivia Johnson, Jason Beard, David Moreno, Adam Davey, Dr Scott Hadley and Ben Quigley. Other members of the award-winning team include Associate Professor Catriona MacLeod, Dr Camille White, Dr Karen Alexander, Flora Bush, Myriam Lacharite and Jessica Kube.