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2015 Conference Speakers & Presentations

Please note that presentations have been simply added to the speaker profiles after the conference. For presentations sorted by session/theme and day see Conference Archive [Perth SD2015].

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Sam GuthrieRupert Howes

International Keynote Speaker

Rupert Howes has been Chief Executive of the Marine Stewardship Council since October 2004. MSC's mission is to contribute to the health of the world's oceans by recognising and rewarding sustainable fishing practices, influencing the choices people make when buying seafood, and working with partners to transform the seafood market to a sustainable basis. Rupert came to the MSC from the influential sustainable development organisation Forum for the Future, which works in partnership with business, capital markets, governments, and others to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable way of life.

Rupert was Director of the Forum Sustainable Economy Programme, prior to which he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Science Policy Research Unit, Sussex University, and Research Officer at the International Institute for Environment and Development.

Rupert qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, University of London and a BA (Econ) Hons. from Sussex University.

Rupert received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2007 for his work in establishing the MSC as the world's leading fishery certification and eco–labelling programme and a WWF "Leaders for a Living Planet" Award in 2009. He was also awarded a Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Award in 2014.

PDF KEYNOTE: Fifteen years on, the role of certification in incentivizing and rewarding sustainable fisheries

Joshua StollJoshua Stoll

International Keynote Speaker

Joshua has dedicated the past six years to working with small-scale fishermen across North America, exploring ways to increase communities' economic, social, and environmental capacity. Much of what he has learned about the challenges and opportunities associated with creating local markets for small-scale fishermen has come from his direct and continued involvement with the Walking Fish Cooperative, which he helped establish in 2009.

Joshua is also the founder of the Georgetown Island Oyster Company and, a network of researchers, fishermen, and community-based organizations dedicated to increasing the visibility and viability of community supported fisheries in the United States and Canada. Previously, Joshua served as a policy analyst for the National Marine Fisheries Service and was the recipient of a prestigious John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bates College and a Masters of Coastal Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment.

Joshua is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of Maine, where his research focuses on community-based fisheries governance. Joshua was recently named a Vancouver Island University Institute for Coastal Research Fellow for his work on community supported fisheries.

PDF KEYNOTE: Local seafood marketing: an opportunity for innovation

Ian KnuckeyIan Knuckey

Ian Knuckey is the Director of Fishwell Consulting Pty Ltd. Fishwell specialises in providing independent advice on areas related to fisheries science, data analysis, fisheries monitoring and industry development. Ian has a PhD in Fisheries Population Dynamics and a BSc. (Hons) in Marine Ecology combined with over 25 years as a fisheries scientist. Ian has high-level knowledge and extensive experience in coastal and offshore fisheries in both temperate and tropical waters.

Ian maintains close links with industry and has extensive experience in working with all fishery stakeholders including industry and government and non-government organisations. He is Chair of a number of industry committees and proves expert scientific advice to a number of forums.

PDF Reducing Industry Transaction Costs Due to Seismic Activity

Ian KnuckeyChris Calogeras

Chris Calogeras is the Director of C-AID Consultants. C-AID specialises in providing professional advice on the management and sustainable use of aquatic resources, capacity building, and intra and cross sector engagement. Chris maintains close links across Industry sectors, regulators, other consultants and research organisations, and tailors programs and outputs to optimise clients' outcomes.

As well as extensive experience in fisheries management and at an operational level in the seafood industry, Chris has formal qualifications directly related to resource management, environmental science and seafood processing.

PDF Reducing Industry Transaction Costs Due to Seismic Activity

Jenny ShawJenny Shaw

Jenny Shaw works at the Western Australian Marine Science Institution as Principal Investigator of a Fisheries Research and Development project on Climate Change Adaptation: building industry and community knowledge. Jenny is also completing a PhD at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute in Fremantle, Western Australia.

Jenny has worked in marine related areas all her life, in Government and industry in both Australia and overseas. She continues to be an active member of the Women's Industry Network Seafood Community and involved in projects with the fishing industry.

PDF Increasing knowledge in fishing communities with collaboration, credibility and co-production

Janet HowiesonJanet Howieson

Janet Howieson is a senior research fellow at the Centre of Excellence for Science Seafood and Health at Curtin University. She focuses on post-harvest seafood research.

PDF Engaging our End-Users 1: Examples from the Small Seafood Business World

PDF If we keep on doing what we have always done…..Value creation in Australia's Minor Fisheries

Ewan ColquhounEwan Colquhoun

Ewan Colquhoun is Director of Ridge Partners, a Brisbane based advisory firm that supports the agrifood industry in Australia and Asia.

PDF If we keep on doing what we have always done…..Value creation in Australia's Minor Fisheries

Michelle AndrewsMichelle Andrews

Michelle Andrews was appointed Deputy Director General Strategic Policy at the Department of Mines and Petroleum in July 2011.

Michelle has more than 25 years' experience in the State Government and has developed an extensive network of contacts with a track record of negotiating outcomes with industry and peak bodies, contributing to major project approvals, reforming approval processes, establishing the Office of the Environmental Protection and providing policy advice to several Environment Ministers.

In her role, Michelle is focused on improving the way the department works with other government agencies, industry and community groups, and is leading fundamental changes in the department's policy development and stakeholder engagement activities.

PDF Community engagement in the resource sector

Damien HillsDamien Hills

Damien Hills is an Associate Directory for Environment and Safety with APPEA, the peak industry association for the upstream Australian Oil & Gas Industry. Amongst other things he has a background in Regional Natural Resource Management (NRM), Water Resource Management, Community Engagement and Landcare.

PDF The Australian Oil & Gas and Commercial Fishing Sectors Memorandum of Understanding and Roundtable: The Start of a New Journey Together

Emily OgierEmily Ogier

Emily Ogier is a fisheries social scientist with IMAS (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS). She has recently taken over the role of managing the FRDC's Social Sciences and Economics Research Coordination Program.

Previous to these roles, she has studied and worked in Western Australia; where her research looked at management of multiple uses of the Abrolhos Islands, as well as Tasmania; where she held the position of Project Officer with TSIC (Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council).

Emily and her husband are members of the Tasmanian rock lobster fishing industry.

PDF Value-adding: finding common-ground between the seafood industry and public values

Bryan SkepperBryan Skepper

General Manager, Sydney Fish Market (BCom, CPA, GAICD)

Bryan manages a team of approximately 60 staff at Sydney Fish Market, the largest seafood market in the Southern Hemisphere and one of Australia's iconic tourism sites.

Bryan has worked in the seafood industry for almost 40 years and over this time has amassed a long list of accomplishments including leading SFM's process for the development and implementation of HACCP-based food safety systems.

He currently sits as a director on the board of the Australian Seafood CRC and has acted as company secretary for OceanWatch Australia for 25 years.

Bryan is also a member of the NSW Fisheries Research Advisory Body and holds professional qualifications in accounting, human resource management and environmental auditing.

PDF The Australian Seafood Foundation: empowering the seafood industry by improving consumer perceptions

Paul FairhallPaul Fairhall

Paul Fairhall is the Manager of Austrade's Agribusiness & Food Investment Team. He is responsible for delivering the Australian Government's Investment Attraction Program in partnership with state and territory governments. Paul is also working on Austrade's contribution to the Developing Northern Australia White Paper, comprising various investment attraction initiatives such as a Northern Australia Investment Value Proposition and a Northern Australia Investment Forum scheduled for Darwin over 8-10 November 2015.

Paul's experience in investment attraction spans 16 years, including six years in agribusiness & food. He has prepared Australian Business Cases for numerous contestable investment projects belonging to foreign companies, including aquaculture and fisheries. He is currently part of a team working with Australian proponents to build a national investment pipeline of opportunities to be promoted through Austrade's global network. This pipeline includes projects in aquaculture and fisheries. These initiatives aim to deliver global capital and partners to projects in Australia.

Paul is a passionate advocate of Australia's credentials in agribusiness, one of Australia's most globally competitive industries. He is committed to ensuring that aquaculture and fisheries industries reach their full potential in Australia by accessing productive global investment capital and partners.

PDF Investing in aquaculture

Wayne DredgeWayne Dredge

Wayne Dredge has been a full time commercial fisherman since 1999 with ten years background working in the Commonwealth Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF), predominantly in the trawl sector.

Since 2010 he has been the owner and operator of the vessel Opal Star and is active in the Tasmanian and Victorian Rock Lobster industries and the Commonwealth southern shark industry.

In 2014 he undertook a FRDC and Woolworths supported Australian Nuffield Scholarship to study alternative fishing methods and management principles that could benefit Australian fisheries. Throughout the course of the scholarship he traveled to over twenty countries meeting with scientists, industry, management and NGO's in order to research his study topic and gain perspective on where Australian fisheries are presently at in a global sense and where they could potentially go.

PDF Global fisheries, our own and our future

Dylan SkinnsDylan Skinns

Dylan is a very passionate member of the Australian seafood industry and grew up with a love of fishing.

In 1999, he completed his Bachelor of Applied Science in Fisheries Management at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania. After university, his first job was with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in Canberra as a Management Officer in the Northern Prawn Fishery, Coral Sea Fishery and Antarctic Fisheries.

In 2002, Dylan moved to Western Australia to take up a position with commercial fishing company Austral Fisheries but was quickly sent offshore for induction and valuable sea time on board Austral vessels. This time was spent in the Northern Prawn Fishery packing prawns, trawling for Orange roughy and Alfonsino in the Indian Ocean and finally further south in Australia's sub-Antarctic catching Patagonian toothfish.

With almost 13 years with Austral Fisheries, Dylan is now responsible for Austral's sales and marketing with an annual sales portfolio of AUD$100 million. Sales are spread far and wide, with export sales of Patagonian toothfish to China and the USA, tiger prawns to Japan, Endeavour prawns to Hong Kong and banana prawns to Australian supermarkets.

Dylan is also a mad keen recreational angler and when not selling seafood can be found chasing pelagics off Western Australia in his 25ft centre console!

PDF Project Glacier 51 Toothfish - Building Relationships with chefs & consumers to develop innovative seafood products

Ian HarrisonIan Harrison

Ian Harrison joined the not-for-profit Australian Made Campaign Ltd (AMCL) as its Chief Executive in June 2004. Prior to this, Ian's career involved time in the private sector in his own business and senior executive positions with employer organisations at state and national levels, with a principal focus on policy and economics.

During Ian's time with AMCL the Australian Made, Australian Grown logo has been repositioned clearly as Australia's global product symbol – giving country-of-origin information to consumers, wherever they may be, and providing businesses with a powerful marketing tool to highlight in markets everywhere that their products are Australian.

Ian holds a degree in economics, played sport at a senior level and is married with three children.

PDF Country-of-origin branding: a powerful marketing tool


National Seafood Industry
Leadership Program 2014 Graduates

Nathan Adams

Nathan Adams has been an Abalone Diver for 16 years in both SA and WA. He is also a quota owner in the area 3 Western Australian Abalone fishery. He is also the Executive Officer of the Abalone Industry Association of Western Australia.

Troy Billin

Troy Billin is an owner/ operator commercial fisherman on the North coast of NSW with 17 years' experience. He specializes in the Ocean Trap and Line fishery, Estuary general and the Mud Crab fishery.

PDF National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2014 Graduates

Norman MooreNorman Moore

The Hon Norman Moore was appointed as the Chair of AFMA in June 2014. Mr Moore is a member and Chair of a number of boards including: Chair, Cannings Purple Strategic Communications; Deputy Chair Sir Charles Court Foundation (Chair, Education Trust sub-committee); and Chair, Patrons Group of Western Australian School of Mines Graduates Association. He was previously Western Australian Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries, Electoral Affairs (Minister for Justice – June 2012) and Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council.

Peter RobertsPeter Roberts

Assistant Secretary, North Asia Goods, Free Trade Agreement Division, DFAT
Peter has recently been appointed as the goods (agriculture, resources, energy and manufacturing) lead for Australia's North Asia free trade agreement negotiations. Previously he led the agriculture negotiations in the recently concluded trade agreements with China and Japan and was involved in the closing stages of the Korea agreement. In his career at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade he has worked on North Asia security issues and climate change negotiations and has had postings to Japan and Samoa.

Peter was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for search and rescue work following the 2011 Japan tsunami and earthquake disaster. He speaks Japanese.

PDF Australia's Free Trade Agreement with China

Leena NairLeena Nair

Ms. Leena Nair IAS, who currently heads the Marine Products Export Development Authority (MPEDA) under the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India, in the rank of Secretary, Government of India.

Ms. Nair, who is from 1982 batch of Indian Administrative Service, belongs to Tamil Nadu Cadre. She has done her masters degree in Political Science from the Punjab University and knows English, Tamil, Hindi, Malayalam & Punjabi. She is also a Hubert Humphrey fellow (1999-2000). She also holds the additional charge of the Chairman of Coffee Board, based in Bangaluru.

Beginning her career as Sub-Collector in Salem in the State of Tamil Nadu, Ms. Nair has held various positions in the Government of Tamil Nadu & Haryana before moving to Cochin as Chairman, MPEDA in May 2009. She also serves as the President of three societies under MPEDA, viz., Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Aquaculture (RGCA), National Centre for Sustainable aquaculture (NaCSA) and Network for Fish Quality management and Sustainable Fishing (NETFISH), which are associated to the research and extension activities.

PDF Indian Seafood Market – Opportunities for Innovation and collaboration in Fisheries and Aquaculture

Damien BellDamien Bell

For the past decade Damien has been an commercial fisherman in the Peel Harvey estuary harvesting "fresh, local and sustainable" fin fish and blue swimmer crabs. Degrees from JCU (Hons.) and Curtin (BSc.) combined with work experience in the WA Rock Lobster fishing industry (A, B & C zones), fish processing and live transport, pearling in WA, Myanmar and Indonesia have aided in guiding a more co-management approach when dealing with Fisheries Managers and research staff, government advisors, WAFIC and fellow fishers. As President of the Mandurah Licensed Fishermans Association (MLFA) the main aim was to ensure a strong and cohesive group that have developed an Environmental Management System, Resource Sharing Program (Recfish) and MSC pre-approval, all in the aim of increasing social license to operate in order to maintain resource access.

PDF A Fishery in Transition - "Engage. Promote. Survive"

Peter RobertsPhin Ziebell

Phin joined NAB in mid-2014 and is responsible for analysing and reporting on the trends and developments in the agribusiness industry, working in conjunction with bankers in NAB's Agribusiness division, as well as a variety of energy commodities.

Phin was previously employed by the Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance, where he was heavily involved in tax policy as well as Commonwealth-State relations. Phin has also worked in the Energy Division of the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, providing analysis on electricity and gas wholesale, network and retail prices.

PDF Economic trends in the Australian seafood industry

Ian CartwrightIan Cartwright

Ian Cartwright has had a lifetime involvement with fisheries. Initially, Ian worked for ten years on inshore fishing vessels in the North Sea. After competing an honours degree in fisheries science as a mature student, Ian worked in fisheries management in the Pacific Islands region. In 1985, Ian took a position with the Fisheries Technology Unit at the Australian Maritime College (AMC), in Tasmania, Australia. While at AMC, Ian completed a master's degree at the London School of Economics, with a thesis on overcapacity within the EU Common Fisheries Policy. His last position at AMC was as Director, Faculty of Fisheries and Marine Environment. In 1996 Ian joined the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) as Deputy (Executive) Director and was responsible for assisting the FFA's 14 island member nations with the development of sustainable management arrangements for tuna in the western and central Pacific. Leaving FFA in 2000, Ian established Thalassa Consulting, which has undertaken fisheries-management related assignments for a wide range of state, commonwealth and international fisheries agencies, and clients within the private sector. Ian is Independent Chair of a wide range of fisheries committees and boards, including scallop, abalone and rock lobster advisory committees in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. He is also a Commissioner of the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

PDF Back to the future: where to next with industry consultation

Ian CurnowIan Curnow

Ian is the Executive Director, Fisheries, in the NT Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.

He is also the current Chair of the Australian Fisheries Management Forum (AFMF), an informal network for sharing information between state and federal government agencies involved in managing fisheries and aquaculture. AFMF's role includes developing and promoting best practice policy principles and techniques in managing fisheries.

Ian has over 25 years experience in the public sector across both Australian and state government agencies, with the past 19 years dedicated to fisheries management.

PDF Direction of fisheries management in Australia

Colin CreightonColin Creighton

Colin grew upon the Clarence, professionally fished while leading the charge to cease the drainage of swamps under the guise of flood mitigation. From those early days in fisheries habitat repair till now Colin has contributed to many fisheries agendas. He is now incrementally leading the revitalising of Australia's estuaries and coasts leading activities on shellfish reefs salt marshes and Great Barrier Reef wetlands.

PDF Seeking the facts and our future - going beyond the obvious

Jo-anne McCreaJo-anne McCrea

Jo-anne (Jo) coordinates the implementation of WWF-Australia's seafood corporate partnerships. In this role, Jo works with WWF partners (brands, retailers, producers) and leads a team responsible for assessing seafood supply chains, identifying practical improvement strategies, and the development and facilitation of pathways to responsible sourcing and sustainable seafood production practices. Jo also coordinates the fisheries legislative and policy engagement work in Australia for WWF and is an active participant in numerous national fisheries reform processes. Jo has been with WWF-Australia since May 2012. Prior to joining WWF, Jo worked in the Government fisheries management sectors for 11 years, where she led divisional teams responsible for industry management prior to becoming the principal advisor to the CEO; and as an independent consultant for six years, advising on fisheries and environmental management issues.

PDF Assessment Methodologies for Seafood Sustainability in the Market Place

John HughesJohn Hughes

Given the fishing and seismic industries are often issued permits to work in the same areas during the same seasons, close cooperation and coordination would benefit the relationship and on-water operations. However, despite some examples of close cooperation/coordination, poor communications and a lack of understanding of each other's operations and operational constraints can sometimes lead to confrontation.

As both industries exist in the same regulatory environment they experience similar issues. These include access restrictions, misguided or over regulation, delayed decisions and regulatory creep. The regulations both industries operate under are also more often aligned with misinformed public pressure rather than factual, verifiable, scientific evidence.

This presentation will explore the areas in which an improved mutual understanding and acceptance of each other's operations could potentially lead to better cooperation and coordination and hence better outcomes for both industries. Its objective is to continue and widen the constructive dialogue that has started in some sections of our two industries.

The expansion of the "multi-client" business model adopted by the petroleum industry in recent years, by both oil companies and seismic contractors, has led to significant concerns from the fishing industry that multiple overlapping seismic surveys will be conducted in specific areas. The first part of this presentation will demonstrate why, despite multiple surveys being proposed for an area, it is highly unlikely that more than one will proceed in a given timeframe (of several years).
The second part of the presentation will show, using actual examples, how the sharing of catch information, close on-water cooperation, the joint conduct of research/monitoring programs and good communication/coordination, based on the philosophy of neither party being adversely affected, could lead to optimum outcomes for both industries.

PDF How could the fishing and seismic industries achieve a closer working relationship?

Glenn HurryBertie Armstrong

International Keynote Speaker

Bertie Armstrong joined the Scottish Fishermen's Federation (the trade association looking after the interests of the catching sector) from a seagoing career in the Royal Navy 10 years ago, as Chief Executive of both the Federation and of its wholly-owned commercial subsidiary, SFF Services Limited.

Bertie is responsible for the overall direction of both entities and for the relationship between the industry and other maritime operators, most especially that with the oil and gas industry.

PDF KEYNOTE: How we made Oil and Water mix - a 50 year Journey Linking Fishing and Energy

Tim PowellTom Pickerell

International Keynote Speaker

Dr Tom Pickerell joined Seafish, the UK Seafood Authority, in July 2013 after moving from California where he was the Senior Science Manager for the Seafood Watch program at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Before working in Monterey Tom worked at the Shellfish Association of Great Britain (SAGB) where he managed the UK Shellfish Industry Development Strategy (SIDS) and later became the Director. Before joining the SAGB he was the Fisheries Policy Officer at WWF UK and also worked in a variety of roles in UK Government in the Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra). Tom sits on a number of expert and advisory groups including Alaskan Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Scheme Conformance Compliance Committee, the Fisheries Innovation Scotland Technical Advisory Committee, and is Vice-Chair of the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI) Process Expert Working Group.

He has a degree in Marine Biology, a master's degree in Analytical Biology and a PhD in shellfish aquaculture.

PDF KEYNOTE: Project Inshore: A novel approach to develop fishery management plans using the Marine Stewardship Scheme standard

Niklas WehnerNiklas Wehner

International Keynote Speaker

Niklas Wehner is a Projectmanager for the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany and works as a consultant for the Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI). His responsibilities include the development of a detailed project proposal for the foundation of the GSSI, and facilitate liaison with parties interested in becoming involved with the GSSI.

The development of a Global Benchmark Tool aims to make information available across the supply chain to drive change and lower costs. The process aims to bring producers, processors, retailers and NGOs together, set aside their competitive interests and collectively work toward reducing the environmental impact of producing and harvesting seafood and to enhance the credibility and reduce the confusion and costs that can occur when there are multiple schemes providing sustainability assurances to consumers.

PDF KEYNOTE: Global Sustainable Seafood Initiative (GSSI)

Alistair HobdayAlistair Hobday

Dr Alistair Hobday is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO.

Much of his current research focuses on investigating the impacts of climate change on marine biodiversity and fishery resources, and developing, prioritising and testing adaptation options to underpin sustainable use and conservation into the future.

Tim PunkhurstTim Pankhurst

Tim Pankhurst recently joined Seafood New Zealand as Chief Executive, following roles as the General Manager of the Communications and Media Industry Training Organisation (CMITO) and Print NZ and chief executive of the Newspaper Publishers' Association. He is a former editor of four metropolitan dailies - The Dominion Post, The Evening Post, Waikato Times and The Press – and had a long career as a journalist in New Zealand and Australia.

As Seafood New Zealand's Chief Executive and a keen recreational fisherman, Tim has a vested interest in the 'state of our environment', working with numerous stakeholders to shape an industry that is sustainable, best practice and innovative.

PDF Selling the NZ Story

Grahame TurkGrahame Turk

Grahame's senior executive career spanned a range of industries including industrial gases, heavy engineering, steel and management consulting before entering the seafood industry in 1990.

Grahame led an industry consortium to privatise Sydney Fish Market in 1994. The business was previously owned by the Government of New South Wales and now has two equal shareholders, one representing NSW fishermen and aquaculturists, the other representing the on-site tenants.

Now an independent professional director, Grahame serves on several industry and government boards and advisory bodies including Sydney Fish Market (Chair), NSW Seafood Industry Council (Chair), National Seafood Industry Alliance (Chair), National Aquaculture Council (Director) and NSW Primary Industries Ministerial Advisory Council (Member)
As Chair of the Small Pelagic Fishery Industry Association Grahame publicly represented the interests of Association member Seafish Tasmania.

PDF Direction of industry and key priorities and challenges

Lowri PryceLowri Pryce

Lowri Pryce, Executive Officer at OceanWatch Australia is originally from Wales and is a fluent Welsh speaker. After completion of a performing arts degree, she spent 15 years in the UK Arts/Community sector managing and promoting large-scale award-winning arts programs, whilst providing pro-bono work for marine charities. Lowri completed a Masters of Social Science in Melbourne in 2004 and has since worked exclusively in the marine environment field.

With OceanWatch since 2006, she instigated the Fishing for Waste and TAngler Bin Projects and also managed the national SeaNet Program. As Executive Officer she is responsible for guiding company program and operations, and developing strategic pathways for integrating the marine sector into NRM.

PDF Marine Natural Resource Management – Landcare for the Sea

Stan LuiStan Lui

Stan Lui is a Torres Strait Islander from Erub (Darnley Island) which is located in the eastern Torres Strait. Stan is a graduate of James Cook University with a Bachelor of Science double majoring in Marine Biology and Aquaculture. He has worked as a Patrol Officer with the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol, a Fisheries and Aquaculture Development Officer with the Queensland Government, a Policy Officer with the Commonwealth Government, and as a Fisheries Manager with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in the Torres Strait Prawn and finally the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fisheries.

Stan is currently working in the Torres Strait as a Marine Environment Project Manager. He is also a Board Member of the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre. Stan acts as the meeting Chair for the Fisheries Research and Development Corporations Indigenous Reference Group.

PDF Let's collaborate, build partnerships and work together to build on the great Australian reputation for high quality and environmentally sustainable seafood

Peter HorvatPeter Horvat

Peter Horvat is a Communications professional with almost 20 years of experience across a range of portfolios including fisheries, health and transport.

He has developed a varied array of skills working on two national federal government advertising campaigns and project managing the Australian Pavilion at the European Seafood Exposition in Brussels in 2006-09.

Peter has spent the past ten years at the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, responsible for the coordination of communication and media activities.

PDF Developing a National Seafood Marketing Plan

Brian RamsayBrian Ramsay

Brian Ramsay is Managing Director of Inovact Consulting, a Canberra firm that helps industry service bodies to adapt and be more effective and valued by member businesses. Before founding Inovact Consulting in 2005, Brian established and was Chief Executive of Australian Pork Ltd, a unique and innovative $20m integrated industry service company.

Brian's professional experience is distinct in having worked as an industry CEO with responsibility for major structural change. Today, as the founding director of Inovact Consulting he advises business and industry leaders on how to design and implement new strategies, structures and services that create value for businesses.

Brian's expertise includes strategy and restructuring of service bodies across agriculture; consumer marketing in domestic and overseas markets; public policy development and advocacy; rural R&D and commercialisation of research.
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in marine biology and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brian HemmingBrian Hemming

Brian Hemming is passionate about regulators realising their full potential and generating maximum benefit to the communities they serve. Brian has had over 30 years' experience in leading regulatory related functions, including fisheries, rail safety, heavy vehicles and maritime, working in partnership with industry and the community, delivering a range of services that support sound management of natural resources, safety and transport related systems. Brian has championed approaches focused on maximising voluntary compliance/creating effective deterrence, community and industry education and collaboration with key stakeholders.

Brian has been driven to transform regulatory service providers to effectively meet the needs of 21st Century communities and his passion and dedication have been recognised through the Public Service Medal (PSM) awarded to him in 2005 and Industry Excellence Awards.

PDF Bringing them home - Building a National Safety Culture

Katherine WinchesterKatherine Winchester

Katherine is the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern Territory Seafood Council, the peak representative body for the NT seafood industry.

For the past ten years Katherine has been working with industry to advocate for change to seafood labeling laws both in the Northern Territory and nationally. Following success in the NT with seafood labeling laws, the Northern Territory Seafood Council launched an educational campaign Support NT Caught in 2009 to educate and raise awareness to the public. This successful campaign recently resulted in the publishing of a 224 page coffee table style book, Northern Territory Seafood to showcase the people and the product they bring to our plates. It has also resulted in NT restaurants aligning with industry to support seafood labeling laws.

Katherine is a founding member of the National Seafood Industry Alliance Incorporated, a group formed to give the seafood industry a united voice on the Federal stage; an Australian Rural Leadership Fellow, graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Australian Institute of Management Fellow (FAIM) and NT Business Events Ambassador.

PDF The Seafood Origin Mystery – facts, fiction and the challenges ahead

Kim WalsheKim Walshe

Kim Walshe has more than 35 years' experience as a fisheries manager and research scientist in Western Australia and New Zealand. His experience includes senior management roles in the Public Service for more than a decade and a Director of a Fisheries Consultancy and Research company for 15 years.

Kim has been the WA Department of Fisheries' Manager Fisheries Certification Program since late 2013.

Terry YumululTerry Yumbulul

Terry Dhurritjini Yumbulul is Chief of the Warramiri people of the Wessell and English Company Islands was born on Guluwuru Island in 1950.

Terry grew up in Galiwin'ku (Elcho Island) and is the fourth son of Burrumarra (MBE) took on the leadership of the tribe on the death of his father in 1994.

A renowned artist Terry travelled extensively in Europe and USA lecturing about art, culture and the importance of the ocean, living now in Gunyangara (Nhulunbuy). Working with Miwatj Aboriginal Health Terry realized the importance of good nutrition to improve the health of the people, from this Garngirr was born, to help people earn a healthy living using the resources of the sea.

PDF Garngirr Dhapuluwan…"The sea has spoken"

Robert Bo CarneRobert 'Bo' Carne

Robert 'Bo' Carne, is a Djabirr Djabirr man from Dampier Peninsular WA, raised and educated on Larrakia Country in Darwin NT.

Bo began his working career domesticating buffalo, catching crocodiles and shooting wild pigs. After going back to university, he then went on to work as a Primary School Teacher. That lasted only three years before being offered a job with NT Fisheries as Aboriginal Liaison Officer.

After some 15 years with NT Fisheries, Bo has led many of the Indigenous engagement strategies, including Indigenous employment, economic development, resource management and fisheries research which has obtained a number of Territory and National Awards.

He has been actively involved on numerous advisory committees, including the FRDC Indigenous Reference Group and Chairing some of the Aboriginal Fisheries Consultative Committees. Bo underwent a scholarship to Canada and USA investigating Indigenous Governance structures in fisheries management and economic development.

Bo is now the Manager Indigenous Strategic Development, leading all Indigenous engagement including high level consultations with Aboriginal leaders and organisations for fisheries related matters.

PDF Garngirr Dhapuluwan…"The sea has spoken"

Mark ThirlwellMark Thirlwell

Appointed as Austrade's Chief Economist in September 2013, Mark has been tracking global economic trends since he joined the Bank of England's International Divisions in 1990, where he worked as part of the Whitehall Economists Subgroup, coordinating the forecasting of major emerging markets across the Bank, Treasury, the FCO and other stakeholders. Mark later joined J P Morgan in London as a Vice President in Economic Research with responsibility for Central and Eastern Europe.

After moving to Australia, he served as Senior Economist at Australia's Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), working on sovereign risk with a particular focus on East Asia.

Before joining Austrade, Mark was the inaugural Director of the Lowy Institute's International Economy Program and also a Fellow at the Institute's G20 Studies Centre. He was one of the original research team that helped establish the Lowy Institute as one of Australia's leading think tanks.

Mark is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Australian National University's National Security College.

He has degrees in economics from Cambridge and Oxford Universities and a postgraduate qualification in applied finance from Macquarie University.

PDF What will a consumer look like in 2025/50/75

Craig CopelandCraig Copeland

Craig has spent his career in Fisheries protecting and restoring fish habitat. He initiated the Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project and Clarence Floodplain Projects and created the NSW Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation Program. It includes subprograms that are Australian 'firsts'; the Weir Removal, Road Crossing, Floodgate Management and Hume to Yarrawonga Resnagging Programs.

Craig currently sits on the Executive of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Ecological Management and Restoration and the Society for Ecological Restoration (Aust) and convenes the national Fish Habitat Network and the Murray-Darling Basin Fish Working Group.

PDF Making More Seafood…. Naturally

Tracy HillTracy Hill

Tracy Hill is manager and a director of Coorong Wild Seafood, a fish processing and value-adding business that she operates with her fishermen husband Glen. Over the past 24 years she has guided the family operation from a fledgling operation to a multi award winning business employing up to 8 people and supplying wholesalers, retailers and restaurants in South Australia, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth.

Previously a branch manager with BankSA, she has also been a project officer for the "Coorong Good Food" health programme, and worked in local government and aged care administration.

For the past 20 years she has been an active participant in Lakes and Coorong Fisheries Management and currently holds a number of roles including President of the South Australian Women's Industry Network, Secretary of the Southern Fishermen's Association and a Board Member of Wildcatch Fisheries SA.

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David LandersDavid Landers

Based in Sydney, David Landers is Austrade's General Manager for East Asian Growth Markets. In this role he has operational responsibility for Austrade's in-market teams across sixteen markets, 25 offices and 230 employees in East Asia that implement market strategies to assist Australian exporters and educational institutions and attract productive foreign direct investment; China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Indonesia. Previously David was Austrade's General Manager for Growth & Emerging Markets; South Asia, Central Asia, Russia, Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

David's career spans most Asian markets, with significant experience operating and living in China, Indonesia and India. Prior to Austrade he held senior roles (CEO, COO, CSO, CFO, M&A) in venture capital (Allen & Buckeridge), start-up management (Asia Foods), multi-national corporate (PepsiCo) and management consulting (Booz Allen & Hamilton). He has deep experience across a range of industries, most notably food and beverage, financial services and technology (energy, water, materials and ICT).

In addition to his executive experience, David is a seasoned board director having made key contributions on strategic, commercial, governance, risk management, compensation and audit thinking across 18 Australian and US companies. He is an experienced institutional fund fiduciary.

David has an MBA in International Business from the New York University Stern School of Management and is an honours graduate of the International Management Program at the Stockholm School of Economics. He received his Bachelor of Science degree with distinction from the School of Entrepreneurial Management, Babson College. He has been a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) since 2003.

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Stewart FrusherStewart Frusher

Professor Stewart Frusher has over 30 years of experience in marine research. A key driver for his research is his passion for demonstrating how sustainable marine resources play a vital role in society. Underpinned by healthy and productive ecosystems, marine resources will continue to contribute to the livelihoods of millions of people worldwide. He started his career as a member of Australian Volunteers Abroad working for the Department of Primary Industries in Papua New Guinea. On returning to Australia he worked at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in coastal systems dynamics and aquaculture before joining the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries in 1992. In 1998 he joined the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute at the University of Tasmania. Over the past couple of decades his research portfolio has shifted from leading programs focused on developing methods for sustainable assessment of key commercial species, to programs evaluating the effects of fishing on marine ecosystems as fisheries moved towards ecosystem based fisheries management (EBFM). More recently his research has been on understanding the impacts of climate change on marine resources and considering strategic future options for marine production systems. Since the start of his research career in Papua New Guinea, Stewart was exposed to the human side of fishing and has subsequently championed the need to integrate the human and biophysical systems and has been instrumental in the development of inter- and trans-disciplinary research teams. He is Director of the Centre for Marine Socioecology (, a joint initiative between the University of Tasmania, CSIRO and the Australian Antarctic Division.

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Shane McGrathShane McGrath

Mr McGrath has a postgraduate degree in fisheries resource management and over the past ten years has been working with NSW Department of Primary Industries. During this time he has gained experience and knowledge in both fisheries management and research, working on numerous projects with the fisheries conservation technology unit, wild fisheries research, commercial catch records and recreational and commercial management sectors of the department. This broad background has allowed Mr McGrath to gain a strong understanding of fisheries resource issues and developing fisheries management strategies.

Currently Mr McGrath works with the commercial management team, where he predominantly provides analytical support, extracting, collating and analysing data, which assists in decision making with regard to developing and implementing the commercial fisheries business adjustment program.

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Nicola BeynonNicola Beynon

Nicola Beynon is twenty years into a career advocating for wildlife protection. Her work has focussed on biodiversity law and policy with expertise in the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and UN Conventions for biodiversity, climate change, fisheries management, migratory Species, trade in endangered species and the International Whaling Commission.

Career highlights include taking the Japanese whalers to court and winning, working with the Australian longline industry to develop bycatch reduction measures for seabirds and protection for the first sharks listed at CITES. Nicola joined World Animal Protection in March 2013 where she manages campaigns for the Australian office, including the organisation's campaign to prevent marine animal entanglements in ghost gear.

Nicola will speak to the conference about the Global Ghost Gear Initiative which is a cross sectoral alliance of industry, governments and NGOs working together to address this grave threat to marine wildlife.

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Simon BoagSimon Boag

Simon Boag completed a science degree and post graduate fisheries studies in Australia before moving to New Zealand with the Sealord Group. During 14 years with Sealord, Simon ran deep-sea trawlers and autoliners in New Zealand's EEZ, the Ross Sea and Argentina. He was also engaged in internal consulting roles focusing on energy management, company strategy and process improvement.

In 2010 he struggled through a Melbourne Business School MBA. Simon now runs a fisheries consultancy business with most of his work being as the EO of the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association (SETFIA).

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Donald KeithDonald Keith

Head of Trading - Seafood, Woolworths Limited.

Donald has been with Woolworths Limited for 23 years and has worked across fresh categories such as meat, produce and seafood. He has a strong passion for the industry and the customers who love and enjoy seafood.

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Peter CookePeter Cooke

Agknowledge® is a small company providing management advice to a range of agribusiness companies and farming enterprises across Australia.

Agknowledge principal Peter Cooke has a range of roles from farmer, to agribusiness consultant and policy contributor for Federal and State government. He began his career as a broadacre farmer in the Great Southern of Western Australia in the 1970-80s, was the CEO of the Kondinin Group in the 1980-90s, and is now an agribusiness consultant and director of Agknowledge.

Peter has been a Fellow of the AICD since 1997. He spent six years as a Board member of RAFCOR, and was the Chair of the WA FarmBis program 1998-2008. He is a Board Member of Landcorp, and recently completed a term as Deputy Chair of Landgate. He has the role as Independent Chair of four family farm Boards.

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