Presentation by Chair: The Hon. Michael Field AC,
Sir Stanley Burbury Theatre, University of Tasmania, Sandy Bay
Tuesday, 16th July 2013 Commencing 7.30 pm until 9.00pm
Session Two: Food from the sea: the changing marine environment.
About the Speaker
1. Professor Colin Buxton, Director – Fisheries, Aquaculture and Coasts Centre, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. 2. Professor Chris Carter, Aquaculture Program Leader, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Coasts Centre, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. Chris Carter has worked in aquaculture research since his PhD on grass carp at London University and a Research Fellowship on salmon nutrition at Aberdeen University. His research ranges from understanding the nutritional physiology of aquatic animals to improving aquafeeds through ingredient development and better understanding nutrient requirements. He is currently Professor of Aquaculture Nutrition at IMAS having previously been Professor of Aquaculture and Head, School of Aquaculture, and the Aquaculture Program Leader for TAFI. 3. Dr Gretta Peclis a Fulbright Fellow and a Senior Research Fellow leading several projects within the Estuaries and Coasts Program at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. Her current research activity spans a range of topics including assessing population and fishery responses to climate change, developing and evaluating management adaptation options for fisheries, and on using citizen science approaches for ecological monitoring and engagement (e.g. www.REDMAP.org.au). She is one of several researchers building a virtual network connecting researchers from rapidly warming regions (Global Marine Hotspots Network) and the lead convenor of an international conference Species on the move: detection, impacts, prediction and adaptation planned for Hobart in February 2016.
Brief Abstract of the Talk
1. Sustainable marine fisheries. 2. Sustainable marine aquaculture. In the last 50 years marine aquaculture has evolved from small scale commercial experiments to be a mature industry supplying millions of people with seafood. Global aquaculture production comes from fresh and marine waters, it encompasses over 200 species, and production continues to increase at an incredible rate of around 10% per annum. This presentation aims to examine aspects of Tasmanian aquaculture and relate these to the future of national and global aquaculture. Emphasis will be on developing feeds and ingredients for sustainable aquaculture. 3. Our changing marine environment: Redmap and the contributions of citizen science. Over the next century, marine ecosystems off the coast of south-eastern Australia are expected to exhibit some of the largest climate-driven changes in the Southern Hemisphere, impacting both fisheries and conservation management. Major distributional shifts in marine species have already been recorded for several dozen taxa. Even though shifts in species distributions are one of the major responses to climate change recorded here (and globally), monitoring for species range-shifts at the necessary temporal and spatial scales is very challenging. However, observations made by the countless men and women spending time in their environment are rarely recorded, though the potential coverage is vast. As a function of the digital age, advances in our technological capacity have also radically improved the precision and accuracy with which many types of community reported information can now be recorded. REDMAP (Range Extension Database and Mapping project) is an online database and mapping resource allowing members of the public to submit and access observational data (including photographs) of marine species occurring outside their known distribution (i.e. species that may be undergoing range shifts).