Australian Commercial Fisheries: What’s holding them back?


Join us online for UTAS Alumni's webinar presented by Professor Caleb Gardner from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies.

Start Date

21st Jun 2017 12:00pm

End Date

21st Jun 2017 1:00pm


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Australia has one of the largest exclusive economic zones (EEZs) yet produces very little seafood commercially and relies mainly on imported seafood for domestic consumption. Management is generally of high standard, at least in terms of preventing recruitment overfishing, so what’s holding back production?

There are some ecological factors involved but political and economic barriers are a greater influence on production.

About the speaker

Photo of Caleb GardnerProfessor Caleb Gardner is a Fisheries Scientist and Acting Director of Sustainable Marine Research.

His research is mainly on high value invertebrate fisheries such as southern rock lobster and abalone. He has qualifications in both economics and biology, which interact in his research on commercial fisheries.

His research on wild fisheries species generally have the objective of ensuring sustainable production and community benefit from Australia's fisheries. This has included the increased use of bioeconomic models in coastal fisheries for setting catches and assessing other regulations.Caleb first studied science at Adelaide University and then worked in human pathology in the UK and Sydney.  He then moved to Tasmania to study aquaculture, eventually moving onto wild fisheries research.

In 2010 he completed undergraduate studies and then a masters by research in economics in response to the need to consider economic approaches in harvest strategies.

He has worked in a range of positions at the University of Tasmania including as the program leader for fisheries and currently as Director of the 'SMRCA', which is the partnership agreement between the Tasmanian Government and the University for research services.

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