CMS Webinar: Science for Policy: Sustainable Oceans & Fisheries

Event Date: 13 October, 2021

Organised by the CMS Research Theme Knowledge Production


How can we ensure that our oceans and fisheries are sustainable? This will be one of the topics discussed at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November this year. The UK Presidency Programme for COP26 highlights the importance of the role of nature and sustainable land use as a part of the global action on climate change and a clean recovery.

In line with the priorities of COP26, this webinar will provide an overview of sustainable oceans and fisheries. We will discuss sustainable Northern and Torres Strait fisheries, sea country Indigenous engagement, and marine climate adaptation.

This will be followed by a Q&A session where you can ask the researchers all your questions.

When:  Wednesday 13th October, from 3:30 to 4:20 pm

Where: Online,


Dr Cass Hunter (Indigenous Social-Ecological Researcher, Multi-Use Ecosystems at CSIRO) is an Indigenous woman with connections to Far North Queensland. She is a descendent of Kuku Yalanji and Maluiligal nations. Cass leads research on collaborative environmental design, useability and uptake of tools, research translation, and development of participatory tools to support sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems. Her focus is on building our national and international networks of Indigenous practitioners to share and develop learnings to place Indigenous people at the heart of environmental and economic co-design and advancements.

Dr Éva Plagányi (Senior Principal Research Scientist, Fisheries Assessment & Marine Ecology at CSIRO, CMS member) leads research on the development of models to support the sustainable management of marine systems and is the domain lead for O&A’s Climate Impacts and Adaptation. She maintains an international reputation in stock assessment modelling, ecosystem modelling and management strategy evaluation (MSE). She has over a decade of experience working with traditional owners in Torres Strait, as well as focusing on northern Australia and the Great Barrier Reef to support the sustainability and welfare of marine ecosystems and dependent fishers and industries.

Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas (Senior Research Scientist, Social-Ecological Systems Team Leader at CSIRO, CMS member) is a Transdisciplinary Researcher and Knowledge Broker in the marine ecosystem modelling and risk assessment group. With a background in ecosystem science and mathematical modelling, her current role is focused on helping to bridge the science-user-policy divide, and on understanding how best to communicate and engage regarding change and management for marine social-ecological systems. Jess was a Lead Author for the 2019 IPCC Report on the Oceans & Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, and was the 2020 Tasmanian Australian of the Year.

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