Workshop: Building long-term research capacity and partnerships for marine wildlife research in Western Australia

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Date: 10 December 2010 (0830 – 1700)
Location: Murdoch University, Murdoch, Western Australia
Room: McCusker Conference Room

The agenda has now been finalized for the one-day workshop to discuss research needs and priorities to inform management of marine wildlife in Western Australia. Workshop participants will include representatives from federal and state government, researchers from Western Australian universities and other research organisations, representatives from the oil and gas industry, and environmental consultants. The workshop will consider marine wildlife broadly (e.g. seabirds, sea turtles, and whale sharks), but will maintain a special emphasis on marine mammals.

The workshop will provide an opportunity for researchers, managers and industry to hear on the following:

  1. the research priorities and needs for managers,
  2. the research priorities and needs for industry, and
  3. the research capacity of different groups in Western Australia;

The workshop will discuss priorities for research in Western Australia and identify opportunities for research partnerships in the marine wildlife area, with an emphasis on marine mammals.

For researchers presenting at the meeting (UWA, Curtin, ECU, Murdoch , Centre for Whale Research, WA Museum, AIMS), it would be valuable to provide a brief 1 to 2 page overview of the research capacity of their group for distribution to people before the meeting (please submit to Lars Bejder). We thought that research presentations should be limited to a brief 10 -15min overview that summarises the capacity and current projects of the group and would provide the background for discussions during the meeting.

It would also be valuable if managers (SEWPC, DEC, DoF, EPA) and industry presenters (APPEA) were able to provide a similar overview document on the research priorities and needs for distribution prior to the meeting (please submit to Lars Bejder) and have a similar focused 10 min presentation to the group. This will help highlight some of the key issues in the marine wildlife area beyond cetaceans.

AGENDA

0830 – 0900: Meet and greet – coffee and tea

Session 1 (0900–1145). Research and management priorities of Federal and State Government and Industry.

Session 1 – Part 1: 0900-1030

General introduction and welcome (Prof. Neil Loneragan)

  1. Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Paula Tomkins. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  2. WA Department of Environment and Conservation. Kelly Waples (15 min + 5 min questions).
  3. WA Department of Fisheries. Brett Molony. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  4. Environmental Protection Authority. Ray Macini. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  5. Dampier Port Authority. Wayne Young. (15 min + 5 min questions).

MORNING TEA 1030-1045

Session 1 – Part 2: 1045 – 1145

  1. Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. Luke Smith. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  2. Australia Marine Mammal Centre. Nick Gales. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  3. Edith Cowan University. Richard Campbell. (15 min + 5 min questions).

Session 2 (1145-1515). Current marine wildlife research capacity in Western Australia

Session 2 – Part 1: 1145 – 1315.

  1. Wrap-up – Session 1. (20 min).
  2. Curtin University. Chandra Salgado. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  3. University of Western Australia. Kris Waddington. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  4. Murdoch University
    1. Lars Bejder (10 min + 5 min questions).
    2. Ken Pollock (10 min + 5 min questions).

LUNCH 1315 – 1400

Session 2 – Part 2: 1400 – 1530

  1. Australian Institute of Marine Science. Jamie Oliver. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  2. Center for Whale Research. Chandra Salgado. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  3. WA Museum. John Bannister. (15 min + 5 min questions).
  4. Murdoch University
    1. Nahiid Stephens (10 min + 5 min questions).
    2. Amanda Hodgson (10 min + 5 min questions).

AFTERNOON TEA 1530 – 1545

Session 3 (1545 – 1700): Gaps, challenges, and future directions.

A discussion session to characterise major priorities for research; identify gaps in research capacity to address these priorities; and to develop potential linkages between organisations to enhance the research outcomes, and possible future partnerships.

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  • Lars Bejder

    This website is handy for participants and others to access and downlaod the workshop presentations.

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