Fishing for More: a student-stakeholder workshop on the biology, ecology, sociology and economics of fisheries

Tobin, R.C., Pears, R., Marshall, N., Marriott, R., Busilacchi, S., and Bergenius, M.A.J. (2005) Fishing for More: a student-stakeholder workshop on the biology, ecology, sociology and economics of fisheries. Report. CRC Reef Research Centre , Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

The CRC Reef Research Centre’s second student stakeholder workshop in November 2004, “Fishing for More”, demonstrated the continued recognition of the importance and acceptance of stakeholder engagement in scientific research. The CRC Reef has fostered an ethos and commitment to collaborative, applied and integrative stakeholder-driven research of which its postgraduate students are encouraged to develop and embrace. The workshop and subsequent proceedings presented here are testimony to the adoption of this culture.

Postgraduate students of the CRC Reef Fishing and Fisheries Project and James Cook University built upon the first successful student stakeholder workshop in 2001, “Bridging the Gap”. This workshop focused upon linking student research with fisheries stakeholders (i.e., effectively “bridging the gap” between the research and end users of that research). In contrast, the second workshop promoted a dialogue between stakeholders and students so as to not only link their research, but to enable stakeholders to inform their research (i.e., effectively “fishing for more” information to better interpret research findings). Outcomes from both these workshops emphasised the genuine commitment of the respective students to ensure their research is relevant and has direct implications to the assessment and sustainable management of Queensland fisheries and its stakeholders.

The overall aim of the second student stakeholder workshop was to facilitate the effective transfer of information to stakeholders about current CRC Reef postgraduate research on Queensland east coast and Torres Strait fisheries. A diverse array of stakeholders with interests across these fisheries contributed to achieving this aim. The workshop consisted of six PhD presentations, in various stages of candidature, encompassing three broad research topics: 1) biology and management of reef fish; 2)incorporating social and economic information into fisheries management; and 3)traditional fisheries and their management in Torres Strait. The diversity of these research topics captures the essence of modern fisheries management and its need to incorporate aspects of biology, ecology, sociology and economics in a holistic manner.

Item ID: 8545
Item Type: Report (Report)
Keywords: fisheries; stakeholders; students; research
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CRC Reef Research Centre Technical Report No. 59.

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ISBN: 1 876054 66 2
Funders: CRC Reef Research Centre Ltd.
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2010 23:51
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 20%
07 AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES > 0704 Fisheries Sciences > 070403 Fisheries Management @ 80%
SEO Codes: 83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830201 Fisheries Recreational @ 30%
83 ANIMAL PRODUCTION AND ANIMAL PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8302 Fisheries - Wild Caught > 830204 Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) @ 70%
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