CMS had a great showing at the Australian Coastal Societies’ Coast to Coast 2018 conference in Hobart last week.
Five PhD students gave oral presentations. On Tuesday, Rachel Kelly told the conference that citizen science is a great way to engage the public regarding the marine space. On Thursday, Lisa Uffman-Kirsch argued that the public trust doctrine should play a role in marine governance models. Mary Mackay presented research which showed that well-designed ‘nudges’ can help ensure recreational fishers comply with regulations. Kathy Willis explained to the conference the best waste management strategies to prevent plastic entering the ocean, and in doing so won the CMS sponsored prize for the best interdisciplinary oral presentation by a student. Maree Fudge spoke on Friday proposing that democratic theory may answer why integrated marine management is so difficult and providing a case study from the Bay of Fundy in Canada.
Several researchers from the Centre were also in attendance and giving talks. Karen Alexander spoke about Australasian differences in the perceptions of stakeholders to ecological engineering of coastal infrastructure. Marcus Haward noted that 25 years on from the Australian Coastal Policy there was no clear picture going forward but there was good work going on behind the scenes while Jo Vince explained that one of the failures of the Oceans Policy was that coasts were not included. Emily Ogier talked about human dimensions of Australian fisheries and explained that we needed holistic fisheries assessments because the topic is normative, wicked and because we have moved from government to governance. On the final day of the conference, Catriona Macleod was involved in a special session on ‘Planning for a Blue Future’, providing an overview of the recent International Salmon Conference which was held in Tasmania in 2017. Finally, CMS Director Gretta Pecl inspired the audience with a keynote address on Thursday, which focused on species on the move under climate change.
In addition to the fantastic presentations provided by CMS attendees, Karen Alexander and Marcus Haward were involved in the organisation of the conference. As part of this, Karen hosted an evening networking event on Women and the Coasts on Tuesday with talks from Denise Hardesty from CSIRO, Peta Leahy from the Australian Coastal Society and Cassy O’ Connor leader of the Green Party in Tasmania. Karen and Marcus will also be organising a special issue in the Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs.