Fisheries, seafood and uncertain futures

Project outline and objectives:

A current ARC Discovery project ‘Fishing for change: enhancing Australia’s seafood futures’ is developing a Australian/regional/global fisheries simulator based on more than 50-years of historical catch and effort data. The candidate would help develop scenarios of resource biomass and range shift, but importantly combine elements of the cost of fishing, the social/governance controls, to project forward to see the anticipated consequences and trial mitigation strategies.

This work would bring in the complete spectrum of important elements that typically fisheries-centered works lack.

A full-spectrum scenarios would be created that examine seafood/fisheries economic scenarios for Australia (in detail) but more broadly for the region and globally.

The types of scenarios to be developed would include scenarios that modify

• The biomass and distribution of marine resources
• The logistics of fishing
• The costs of fishing, expected prices etc
• With collaboration with IIASA, the relationship of these marine resource scenarios can be place in the context of terrestrial food and fibre projections.

 

Supervisors:
Reg Watson
Julia Blanchard, UTas
Sarah Jennings, UTas
Beth Fulton, CSIRO

 

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