The integration of fisheries economics into the Social Science and Economics Research Coordination Program (SSERCP) heralds an exciting new phase in the FRDC's recognition of the importance of incorporating economic considerations into marine management in Australia and its commitment to ensuring that there are suitably trained and qualified individuals capable of providing this input. Not only will inclusion of economics in the SSERCP provide a formal structure for supporting the continuation of 2008/306 Building Economic Capability Project's core components through its legacy activities (see below), it will also provide the platform for achieving greater integration between economics and the social sciences, and between these and the biological and physical sciences.
Legacy activities include:
In addition to providing ongoing support for past and continuing FRDC students, the SSERCP welcomes three new candidates (Stuart Sinclair (QUT), Samantha Parades (QUT) and Rachel Nichols (UTAS)). In addition to receiving research training in fisheries economics, these students will provide research outputs in the areas of harvesting strategies for Queensland's East Coast Trawl Fishery; valuing local fisheries for the coastal community and tourism, and; fishing behaviour and habitat quality linkages between Marine Protected Areas and fisheries. Graduate research outputs will continue to be promoted through the SSERCP.
.The Future Harvest Masterclass in Fisheries Economics is back and is now available in both face-to-face and online modes, and features a new module on the use of Benefit-cost analysis in fisheries management. For further details contact
The network will provide a platform for communication and extension to FRDC major stakeholders and researchers.
Final project report now available
The final report for project is now available.
The Building Economic Capability Project made a substantial contribution to developing human capital in fisheries economics and the profile of fisheries economics in Australia. It also raised the profile of Australian fisheries economists internationally. Project highlights to date include:
These activities were undertaken by a core Project team, comprising economic researchers and teachers from each of the four participating institutions (namely the University of Tasmania, the University of Adelaide, Queensland University of Technology and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), spanning three States and the Commonwealth. The Project team reported to and was guided by a project Steering Committee.