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:
Graduate Research Training
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.
Fisheries Economics Masterclass
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 Sarah.Jennings@gmail.com.au.
Australian Fisheries Economic Network (Fishecon)
The network will provide a platform for communication and extension to FRDC major stakeholders and researchers.
We will continue to promote and support a strong fisheries economics presence at the annual AARES conference and keep members informed and up-to-date through the new-look FishEcon & FishSocial Newsletter.
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Final project report now available
The final report for project 2008/306 Building economic capability to improve the management of marine resources in Australia 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:
- A total of 14 students were engaged in the Graduate Research Training program, undertaking 17 individual research higher degree thesis projects. At the time of writing the final report, 11 thesis projects had been successfully completed and students awarded their degrees.
- To date, students have published over twenty papers in referred journals, with as many more again expected to arise. These cover a wide range of topics, many of which have direct implications for marine resource management in Australia. In many cases the results of this research has also been showcased/disseminated through conference/workshop/seminar presentations.
- Short course training has been delivered to over 120 individuals representing a wide range of stakeholder groups through the Graduate Fisheries Economics short course and the Future Harvest Masterclass in Fisheries Economics with the resources available for the further delivery of these products.
- There is now a strong network of practising fisheries/marine economists within Australia with a regular newsletter and social media presence, and a recognised forum for annual face-to-face interactions.
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.
The final report for this project and its appendices and videos can be found here.