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Prof Gretta Pecl was a panellist at the roundtable discussion session on "Marine environment and marine ecology protection, marine sustainable development".

The online symposium was attended by more than 10,000 people along the day.

About the event:

The first "China-Japan High-level Expert Symposium on Marine Environment " focused on recent advances in the fields of marine environment and resources , providing a platform for dialogues on the future of research related to climate change, marine environmental monitoring, marine ecological restoration, microbial carbon, marine microplastics and sustainable development of marine fishery.
The purpose of the symposium was to strengthen the cooperation and exchanges between China and Japan in marine environment research, and to gather talent that will lead the future development of the fields. Furthermore, the symposium aimed to make vital contributions to developing innovative solutions for marine environment challenges worldwide.

Foreign Talent Research Center, Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China
Ocean University of China

Jiao Nianzhi, Professor of Cheung Kong Scholar, Xiamen University, Academician of Chinese Academy of Science
Tian Yongjun, Professor of College of Fisheries, Ocean University of China (OUC), the Leader of the Lab of Fisheries Oceanography in OUC
Ito Shin-ichi, Professor of Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute, The University of Tokyo

Department of Foreign Expert Services, Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China
Sakura Science Program Headquarters, Japan Science and Technology Agency

On May 7 2021, Scott Bennett (CMS, IMAS) hosted a public webinar and Q&A entitled “Forests of gold: uncovering the value of Australia’s Great Southern Reef” as part of the Seaweed Forests Festival, a month-long event bringing together art, science and community to celebrate Australia’s underwater forests.
The panel for the webinar included Assoc Prof Adriana Verges (UNSW and the Sydney Institute of Marine Science), Dr Melinda Coleman (Principal Research Scientist Department of Primary Industries NSW), Stephen Bunney (Commercial Abalone Diver, from NSW), Dr Abbie Rogers (Co-director of Centre for Environmental Economics & Policy and UWA Oceans Institute, UWA) and Prof Thomas Wernberg (UWA Oceans Institute & School of Biological Sciences, UWA).
The webinar was an interactive discussion between panellists and audience about the Great Southern Reef. What is it? Why is it important? How does it benefit Australia? What challenges does it face? What opportunities does it offer?

The webinar was targeted at state management agencies, policy makers and stakeholders of the Great Southern Reef from around Australia to raise awareness of the importance and interconnectedness of the reef. The webinar had 129 online viewers.
Link to the webinar recording can be found at :
Clip played at the beginning of the webinar introducing the GSR can be found here:
Link to the Seaweed Forest festival:

*Image credit: IMAS

CMS supported the Ocean Visions 2021 Summit held on the 18 – 21 of May. The summit involved 5 campuses around the world, including Hobart. The Summit was a huge success with more than 2300 registered attendees from almost 80 countries gathering to work on ocean solutions.

Two in-person discussion panels were held in Hobart which were organised by our CMS Director Prof Gretta Pecl, CMS members Dr Valeriya Komyakova and Dr Maree Fudge, and Dr Karen Evans from CSIRO.

Also, several CMS members presented in a variety of online sessions:

Dr Kirsty Nash was a keynote speaker at the Healthy Ocean- Healthy People session and presented Roadmaps for Healthy Ocean & People, with CMS Director Prof Gretta Pecl as one of the moderators. If you are interested in Kirsty's talk, you can watch it here.

Dr Maree Fudge was part of the ECR panel on Pathways and partnerships for action as part of the same session.

Prof Marcus Haward presented at the session about political sciences and ocean governance to support a marine circular economy .

Dr Valeriya Komyakova presented in one of the Early Career Researchers sessions about green marine engineering.

What makes the East Coast, Tasmania a special place to live and work?

Di Jayakody wants to know, as part of her PhD project, about the places that are important to the people who live in this beautiful region and what is at stake if these places were lost or changed due to ongoing threats. So, she is asking you to participate in a survey that will allow her to understand what places are valuable and what places may be at risk. By doing this, she can create maps that will help advise what place values need to be protected and how we can go about doing it!

Watch this video for more information or go to the facebook page East Coast Community Mapping

If you haven't already, take our survey by going to:

We want to hear from a wide range of people living in Break O'Day and Glamorgan Spring Bay regions, so share this post and spread the message!

Cafe Labs is a UTAS initiative to connect regional Tasmanians with unique research projects taking place in their own backyard while providing greater insight into what is happening at the University.

Dr Maree Fudge participated in the first Cafe Lab held in Burnie in late April and joined other researchers from the University to talk about marine and coastal environments. To know more about the event please go here.

Our 2020 CMS Annual Report is out!

CMS Annual Report 2020

On the surface, it may look like any other successful year, but we want to acknowledge that 2020 was a year not like any other; the circumstances of 2020 created a lot of stress for our staff, and particular, our students.
Wholehearted thanks to all our students, researchers, collaborators and stakeholders, for their ongoing efforts in the Centre of Marine Socioecology during this exceptionally challenging year.

Download the report here

*Featured image by Matthew Doggett

CMS Director Prof Gretta Pecl was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture, by the University of Victoria in Canada, to highlight and honour outstanding research achievements by women scholars. Gretta presented the lecture "Climate-driven re-distribution in marine coastal systems".

Gretta Pecl -

This major global report aims to accelerate climate change adaptation implementation in fisheries management throughout the world, providing information to underpin strengthening the resilience of fisheries, reducing their vulnerability to climate change, and enabling managers to respond in a timely manner to the projected changes in the dynamics of marine resources and ecosystems. Dr Beth Fulton, CMS Deputy Director, contributed to a set of ‘good practices’ for climate-adaptive fisheries management that have proven their effectiveness and can be adapted to different contexts, providing a range of options for stakeholders including the fishing industry, fishery managers, policymakers and others involved in decision-making. CMS PhD student Hannah Fogarty and CMS Director Prof Gretta Pecl authored one of the 13 case studies, chapter 15 ‘Lessons and recommendations for the climate adaptation of key Tasmanian fisheries’, which focuses on wild-caught Rock Lobster and Abalone fisheries in Tasmania.

Find the full report here.

CMS run a communication challenge competition to promote its research themes within its members and students. The winner was Peter Puskic with the video on "Martine Pollution"!!!


Video by Peter Puskic

Special mentions:

Video entry: How might coastal and marine governance address natural resources conflict?, by Karen Alexander

Video entry: CMS Research Themes, by Kirsty Nash

Video entry: Climate Friction, by Chloe Lucas

Huge congratulations to Dr Larelle Bossi and Dr Maree Fudge, who graduated in December 2020.

Larelle's PhD research topic was "A First Cast at a Philosophy of Fishing". Maree's PhD research topic was "Institutional development for the Channel Region South Eastern Tasmania".

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