Special Sessions

2019 Special Sessions will include:

Aquageography: people, fish, and place

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In this session, we will discuss the complex ways people relate with fish and their aquatic environments. Within a framework of human geography – how people interact with the natural environment – presentations in this session should consider how people use, value, and manage fish. These relationships with fish could be direct or indirect, including efforts to protect marine or freshwater environments to benefit fish species. We aim to have presenters that span research academics, Indigenous Peoples, and government representatives from across Australasia. 

Mae Noble – The Australian National University mae.noble@anu.edu.au
Michelle Pyke – University of Western Australia michelle.l.pyke@gmail.com
Nadine Marshall – Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organisation & Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Nadine.Marshall@csiro.au 
Emily Ogier – University of Tasmania & Fisheries Research and Development Corporation emily.ogier@utas.edu.au

Conservation in action

Conservation Fish Images

Conservation of threatened fish spans marine and freshwater biomes and drives the research of many members of the ASFB. Conservation of threatened fishes is often a labour of love, however, even the smallest actions can have lasting effects on populations, species and communities. This session will showcase conservation in action, from small-scale on-ground activities to policy implementation.

Mark Lintermans – University of Canberra mark.lintermans@canberra.edu.au
Hugh Allan – University of Canberra hugh.allan@canberra.edu.au
Ben Broadhurst – University of Canberra ben.broadhurst@canberra.edu.au

Fish art, science & communication

Fish Art

Selling your science through imagery is critical in a modern technological society. The professional and amateur artist are in the sweet spot for this session as are the managers and researchers with a curiosity for fishes and science beyond the daily rigors of the quantitative domain. Experiencing and communicating fish science through traditional art such as illustration, painting, photography and sculpture is welcomed. Discussion will also encompass modern mixed media approaches and infographics and community-based case studies.

Lindsay Marshall – Stick Figure Fish
Maggie Watson – Charles Sturt University
Brendan Ebner – TropWATER, James Cook University brendan.ebner@csiro.au

Cultural flows

Cultural flows

First Nations are the original custodians of freshwater in Australia. Our sophisticated water knowledge and complex cultural connections to rivers, wetlands and waterways have often been overlooked in mainstream water management. The concept of Cultural Flows has created a focal point for exciting developments in water policy and planning. This session will showcase new research, innovative policy development and best practice governance approaches that create a foundation for First Nations water rights in Australia.

Rene Woods, Grant Rigney & Will Mooney –Murray Lower Darling Rivers Indigenous Nations

Aquatic translocations & invasives: ecology, emerging threats & implications for management

Aquatic Translocations

Aquatic organism introductions have resulted in a range of environmental and biological impacts such as competition, predation, habitat alteration, disease, and hybridisation interactions. This session is intended to cover case studies on tropical and temperate experiences, including up to date information on recent incursions, monitoring programs and control measures.

Bonnie Holmes – DAF Qld Bonnie.Holmes@daf.qld.gov.au
Nathan Miles – NSW DPI nathan.miles@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Social and reproductive behaviour: who mates, who associates and why?

Social and repro

We seek talks on mating behaviour (e.g. mate choice, sperm competition, mating tactics, egg laying decisions) and social interactions (e.g. dominance contests, winner-loser effects, schooling/shoaling decisions, predator inspection, cleaner-host). We encourage talks that examine the mediating effects of social or environmental variation on behaviour (e.g. temperature, salinity, sex ratio, population density).

Rebecca Bathgate – The Australian National University rebecca.fox@anu.edu.au
Marion Wong – University of Wollongong marianw@uow.edu.au
Michael Jennions – The Australian National University Michael.Jennions@anu.edu.au

Genetic applications for fish management


Genetic research has the potential to contribute valuable information to improve the management of fisheries and aquaculture, as well as wild populations of native or invasive fishes. We invite talks that explore the relationship between genetics and management and anticipate broad coverage of phylogeography and population genetics as well as environmental DNA (eDNA) for species-specific detection or whole community assessment.

Elise Furlan – University of Canberra Elise.Furlan@canberra.edu.au
Peter Cowman – James Cook University peter.cowman@jcu.edu.au
Joseph DiBattista – Australian Museum & Curtin University josephdibattista@gmail.com

Making monitoring meaningful

Making Monitoring Meaningful

The mention of it sends people scurrying for cover and hiding their cheque books. However, effective and informative monitoring is critical in determining the success of interventions, key to adaptive management strategies and is fundamental to our understanding of issues both large (e.g. climate change, fishing effort, environmental watering and carp control) or localised in scale (e.g. cyclones, terrestrial inputs, fishways, reintroductions, artificial habitats). Short term or long term, marine or freshwater, making monitoring meaningful across management and research programs is vitally important in inspiring future fisheries and conservation science, informing decision making processes and engaging with the community and governments.

Matt Beitzel – ACT Parks, Conservation & Lands Matthew.Beitzel@act.gov.au
Thomas Holmes – WA Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions thomas.holmes@dbca.wa.gov.au
Heleena Bamford – Murray-Darling Basin Authority Heleena.Bamford@mdba.gov.au

Improving fisheries management through adoption of technology & effective communication

Improving Fisheries

Although fisheries management is traditionally based around geographic boundaries, fish stocks are free to travel across borders without passport checks or border police checks. This creates a challenge that can only be solved by effective communication and cooperation on fisheries and aquaculture matters amongst jurisdictions. The emergence of new technologies and communication methods can aid in improving efficiency and effectiveness of regulation, monitoring and stock assessment processes and effective compliance approaches across jurisdictions. This session will explore the use of new technologies to understand a range of issues, such as recreational fishing catch and effort, real time monitoring of TEPS species interactions and compliance tools like cameras and drones to assist in making regulation simple, reasonable and enforceable. We encourage scientists, managers and communication specialists to join us to “communicate to illuminate and inspire” in the fisheries management space.

Kate Simpson – Victorian Fisheries Authority kate.simpson@vfa.vic.gov.au
George Day – Australian Fisheries Management Authority George.Day@afma.gov.au