Dr Quentin Hanich
Position: Associate Professor and Fisheries Governance Program Leader
Phone: +61 2 4221 3389
Office: UOW Innovation Campus, ITAMS Building 233, Room 204
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia
Quentin Hanich leads the Fisheries Governance Research Program at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong and advises international organisations and national governments on fisheries governance and marine conservation in the Pacific islands region. He has a strong research and consulting background, and a substantial track record in winning research grants and tenders for commercial research projects. He has extensive project management experience in fisheries governance, marine conservation, and fisheries management and development, and has worked widely throughout the Asia Pacific region. He is recognized as a regional expert on international fisheries governance and development, and more broadly on various aspects of oceans governance and marine conservation.
In addition to his research and project activities, he has chaired working groups at international treaty meetings, facilitated inter-governmental workshops, and advised Ministerial meetings and national delegations. He also lectures and writes on oceans governance, international fisheries, marine conservation, and fisheries development in the Asia Pacific region.
Dr Hanich has a strong research interest in ocean governance, food security and marine conservation. He leads a large multi-disciplinary fisheries research project in Kiribati that has been studying and supporting community based approaches to fisheries management since 2013, and has established a regional international research partnership to study innovative approaches to distributing fisheries conservation reductions across multiple States. Dr Hanich is a Research Associate to the Nereus Program, and will join the Nereus Program as a Principal Investigator in 2017. He is also a member of the Wageningen University’s BESTtuna Advisory Board, a Member of the Editorial Board for the highly ranked Elsevier journal Marine Policy, an assessor for the Australian Research Council, and a regular peer reviewer for Fish and Fisheries, Marine Policy, the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law, Fisheries, Ocean and Coastal Management, and Food Security: the Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food.
Dr Hanich has an extensive research, advisory and consulting track record in fisheries governance and development and marine conservation. He has written over 80 peer reviewed papers, book chapters and research reports and is regularly interviewed in Australian and international media as a regional expert on fisheries and marine conservation matters. His publications have been cited widely in regional development and governance literature, and increasingly in research literature. For example Closing the Gaps, was cited by the Australian Government Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee in 2009, Managing Fisheries and Corruption was cited by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2011, and Mapping the Distribution of the Conservation Burden was cited by the 2012 Scientific Committee to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) with a recommendation that the WCPFC address the issues raised in the paper. In 2013, the WCPFC subsequently adopted two conservation measures tabled by the Pacific island States that explicitly addressed these issues.
Current research projects:
Dr Hanich leads the Fisheries Governance Research Program which studies how communities and States manage human interaction with our marine environment, and develops innovative solutions to manage our activities and impacts. Communication and engagement are key components of our research. Our applied research engages with communities, analyses key problems, and creates new solutions that deliver real outcomes with tangible impacts. Our program includes a number of projects focusing on: community based approaches to fisheries management; multi-lateral frameworks for assessing and distributing conservation burdens in trans-boundary fisheries; marine conservation; and integrated ocean management. Two examples of current projects include:
- Strengthening Community Based Approaches to Fisheries Management (CBFM) - Inshore fisheries are critical to Pacific island communities for food, income and employment. However, fast-growing populations, poorly managed fishing effort, and overfishing are driving unsustainable pressures on many inshore fisheries. Our research aims to strengthen and scale-out community-based approaches to fisheries management (CBFM), focusing on the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Kiribati. Our projects balance research with development, providing research outputs with development outcomes. Through empowering communities, and facilitating better local and national governance of near-shore fisheries, our projects will strengthen the resilience of coastal communities and enable the long term development of sustainable and secure fisheries. Research includes assessment of critical success factors of implementing CBFM, how CBFM interacts with broader livelihood choices, and how men and women make decisions around CBFM. We also study how the successes from work done in communities and with national agencies in the three partner countries could be spread through the region.
- Fisheries Equity Research Network (FERN) – In 2013, ANCORS led the establishment of the Fisheries Equity Research Network (FERN) to encourage international research into the multi-lateral distribution of conservation limits in trans-boundary oceanic fisheries. FERN is an international partnership that includes researchers from legal, economic and scientific fields. Our aim is to support the establishment of transparent and equitable rules and frameworks for assessing and distributing conservation limits in transboundary fisheries. This is critical to enabling political support for effective conservation responses through ensuring that conservation measures do not impose a disproportionate burden of conservation action onto developing States. Our research examines principles and criteria derived from international instruments, current and historical state practice, and theoretical literature. Our first focus is on the domain of international fisheries where our research is contributing to the development of new frameworks for resolving stalled conservation and management negotiations. Our research papers have informed discussions in regional fisheries management organisations and begun to identify new pathways towards consensus conservation outcomes for transboundary fisheries.
Genevieve QUIRK: Addressing the Oceans Governance Challenge of Realising Marine Spatial Protection Targets in Oceania
Kamal AZMI: The design of multilateral fishing rights
Dominique BENZAKEN: Can a blue economy policy framework advance sustainable and resilient/climate smart development? From policy to practice: the role of small island states
Potential topics for HDR & Honours Supervision:
Transboundary Fisheries Governance - Climate Change impacts on Fisheries and Coastal Communities - Community Based Approaches to Fisheries Management - Equity and Fairness in Transboundary Natural Resource Management and Allocation - Marine Conservation - Marine Spatial Planning - Fisheries Monitoring, Control and Surveillance
Competitive research funding:
Q. Hanich, K. Charlton, B. Campbell, A. Delisle, J. Russell. Fish, food security and combating obesity and diet related disease in Pacific island countries. The project is jointly funded for $80,000 by the University of Wollongong’s Global Challenges Grant ($40,000) and the Worldfish Center for ($40,000) for 2015-16.
N. Andrew (Worldfish), Q. Hanich (UoW), M. Batty (SPC). Improving Community-based Fisheries Management in Pacific island countries. The project is funded for 4 years by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) for $3.7 million. Dr Quentin Hanich is the CI for the Kiribati component. Worldfish (lead agency), UoW and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community will work with island communities in Kiribati, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands to strengthen capacity and empower communities to manage and develop their fisheries sustainably. Research will include assessment of critical success factors of implementing CBFM, how CBFM interacts with broader livelihood choices, and how men and women make decisions around CBFM. It will also look at how the successes from work done in communities and with national agencies in the three partner countries be spread through the region. Outputs will focus on communications, including policy documents, training material, management plans, and workshops.
Q. Hanich, K. Charlton, B. Campbell, J. Russell. Improving Community-based Fisheries Management in Pacific island countries. The project is funded by the University of Wollongong’s Global Challenges Grant for $12,500 for 2014-15.
L. Ihern, Q. Hanich, L. Gibbs, K. Charleton, A. Delisle and B. Campbell. Community Based Approaches to Fisheries Management: Kiribati Fisheries Blog. This creative arts/communications project is funded by the University of Wollongong’s Global Challenges Grant for $5,000 for 2015.
L. Gibbs, Q. Hanich, M. Rees, L. Fetterplace, A. Warren. Threatened and Threatening: Governing Sharks for Conservation and Human Safety. This project is funded by the University of Wollongong’s Global Challenges Grant for $5,000 for 2015.
M. Tsamenyi, D. Kirby, C. Schofield, Q. Hanich, C. Rahman. The Role of Fisheries in Promoting or Jeopardising Security in the Gulf of Guinea. The project was funded in 2013 for two years by the AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS) for $600,000. The project studied the drivers of piracy and other unlawful maritime activities in the Gulf of Guinea region of West Africa.
Q. Hanich. Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Conservation and Management Interest. Pew Charitable Trusts provided a research sub-grant of $31,000 in 2011 to fund Dr Quentin Hanich (CI) to research and produce an independent, impartial, peer-reviewed analysis of the potential conservation and management responses to the overfishing of bigeye, yellowfin and skipjack tuna. The research project produced a report that was peer reviewed and published and distributed to approximately 350 officials and stakeholders participating in the WCPFC
Q. Hanich. Mapping the burden of conservation in the Western and Central Pacific Tuna Fisheries. In 2011, I successfully applied for $6,500 under the UOW URC Small Grants Scheme to support the development of a new international research partnership to develop new strategies and mechanisms for distributing conservation burden/benefits in transboundary fisheries. The outcome of this project was the establishment of the Fisheries Equity Research Network and the publication of a journal paper.
Plus numerous commercial research grants from various governments, international institutions, foundations and non-government organisations.
Dr Hanich is a member of the Pacific Marine Sector Working Group, the IUCN Fisheries Experts Group, the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, the Wageningen University’s BESTtuna Advisory Board, and the Editorial Board for the highly ranked Elsevier journal Marine Policy.
Books, Book Chapters and Published Reports
R. Davis & Q. Hanich. Developing an Equitable and Ecosystem Based Approach to Fisheries Management, in H. Scheiber, J. Kraska & M.S. Kwon (eds) Science, Technology, and New Challenges to Ocean Law and Policy. The Hague: Brill, 2015. pp124-148.
Schwarz, P. Cohen, A. Delisle, N. Andrew, Q. Hanich, G. Bennett, F. Siota, D. Boso, J. Teri, R. Masu and F. Tofuakalo. Scaling-out community-based marine resource governance in Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu: Final Report. 2015. 61 pages. Funded and published by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. http://aciar.gov.au/project/fis/2010/056
V. Vaartjes, Q. Hanich, A. Delisle. Empowering Community-Based Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management: Strategies for Effective Training and Learning. ANCORS, University of Wollongong. Australia. 2015. 55 pages. http://ro.uow.edu.au/uowbooks/11 This peer reviewed report was commissioned by the Worldfish Centre and funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
B. Campbell & Q. Hanich. Fish for the future: Fisheries development and food security for Kiribati in an era of global climate change. WorldFish, Penang, Malaysia. Project Report: 2014-47. 2014. 80 page commissioned peer reviewed report published by Worldfish through its regular publications series.
Q. Hanich & M. Tsamenyi. Progress in the implementation of conservation and management measures for bigeye and yellowfin tunas in the western and central pacific: sharing the conservation burden and benefit, in M W. Lodge & M. H. Nordquist (eds) Law of the Sea: Liber amicorum Satya Nandan. Leiden/Boston: Brill/Nijhoff Publishers, 2014. Pp358-380.
Q. Hanich, W. Gullett, D. Leadbitter, A. McIlgorm & G. Sant. Fisheries - best practice, wicked problems and Australian fisheries: strengthening leadership, transparency and implementation, in D. Lindenmayer & S. Dovers (eds). Ten Commitments: Reshaping the Lucky Country’s Environment. CSIRO Publishing. 2014.
Q. Hanich. Distributing a Conservation Burden across Multiple Jurisdictions: A Case Study of the Western and Central Pacific Tuna Fisheries, in C. Schofield, M. Kwon and S. Lee. (eds), The Limits of Maritime Jurisdiction, The Hague: Brill, 2013. Pp405-430.
Q. Hanich. Interest and Influence: A Snapshot of the Western and Central Pacific Tuna Fisheries. ANCORS, University of Wollongong. Australia. 2012. 44 pages. This peer reviewed report was commissioned by the Pew Charitable Trusts, published by the University of Wollongong, and distributed by Pew to approximately 350 officials and stakeholders participating in the WCPFC.
Q. Hanich & M. Tsamenyi. Developments in Cooperative Approaches to Fisheries Management in the Pacific Islands Region. in R. Bourne & M. Collins (eds). From Hook to Plate: The State of Marine Fisheries. A Commonwealth Perspective. Commonwealth Foundation. London. 2009; pp 69-86.
Q. Hanich & M. Tsamenyi. (Eds). 2009. Navigating Pacific Fisheries: Legal and Policy Trends in the Implementation of International Fisheries Instruments in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. University of Wollongong. Wollongong, Australia. This book was commissioned and funded by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (a regional inter-governmental organisation) and published by the University of Wollongong. 500 copies of the book were distributed to all Pacific island government ministries, key officials and regional libraries. The book was reviewed in the prestigious Ocean Development and International Law journal (41:196-202, 2010) as ‘a terrific collection of contributions’ with special mentions to chapters on implementation challenges.
Q. Hanich, C. Schofield & P. Cozens. Oceans of opportunity? The limits of maritime claims in the South Pacific, in Q. Hanich & M. Tsamenyi (eds) Navigating Pacific Fisheries: Legal and Policy Trends in the Implementation of International Fisheries Instruments in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. University of Wollongong. Wollongong, Australia. 2009.
Q. Hanich. Control, Cooperation and Participatory Rights in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean Tuna Fisheries. Q. Hanich & M. Tsamenyi (eds) Navigating Pacific Fisheries: Legal and Policy Trends in the Implementation of International Fisheries Instruments in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. University of Wollongong. Wollongong, Australia. 2009.
M. Tsamenyi, Q. Hanich & B. Milligan. Management Implications. in I. Zethoven (eds). An Australian Coral Sea Heritage Park. Pew Charitable Trusts. Sydney, Australia. 2008. pp 62-68. This peer reviewed report was commissioned and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts and included chapters on environmental, historical and governance concerns related to the Coral Sea. The report was distributed widely to Australian government officials, stakeholders and media.
D. Soutar, Q. Hanich, M. Korsten, T. Jones & J. McCaffrie. Safeguarding the Stocks: A report on analytical projects to support the development of a regional MCS strategy for Pacific oceanic fisheries. Honiara. Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. 2009. 101 pages. This peer reviewed report was commissioned by the Forum Fisheries Agency with funding from AusAID, and provided the framework and critical information for the subsequent development of the Pacific Monitoring, Control and Surveillance Strategy that has since guided all fisheries enforcement and monitoring operations in the Pacific islands region.
Q. Hanich, C. Brown, M. Tsamenyi, M. Kroese, D. Soutar & C. McDonald (2009). Compliance Review: A study undertaken to support the development of a Regional MCS Strategy for Pacific Oceanic Fisheries. Honiara: Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. 2009. 365 pages. This peer reviewed report provided crucial information on capacity gaps and institutional strengthening requirements for the Pacific MCS Strategy.
Q. Hanich, F. Teo & M. Tsamenyi. Closing the Gaps: Building Capacity in Pacific Fisheries Governance and Institutions. Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency. Honiara, Solomon Islands. 2008. Study on Pacific Fisheries Governance. Cited widely in regional reports, with repeated citations in influential Senate Committee report
Refereed Journal Articles
K. Azmi, R. Davis, Q. Hanich and A. Vrahnos. Defining a Disproportionate Burden in Transboundary Fisheries: Lessons from International Law. Marine Policy (accepted pending revisions 10/1/16).
K. Charlton, J. Russell, E. Gorman, Q. Hanich, A. Delisle, B. Campbell, J. Bell. Fish, food security and health in Pacific Island countries and territories: a systematic literature review. BMC Public Health, 2016, 16, 1-26.
G. Quirk and Q. Hanich (in press). Ocean diplomacy: the pacific island countries campaign to the UN for an ocean sustainable development goal. Asia Pacific Journal of Ocean Law and Policy. in press. (accepted 1/3/16).
B. Campbell, Q. Hanich and A. Delisle. Not just a passing FAD: Insights from the use of artisanal fish aggregating devices for food security in Kiribati. Ocean and Coastal Management, 2016, 119, 38-44.
B. Campbell and Q. Hanich. Principles and practice for equitable conservation in shared transboundary natural resources. Maritime Studies, 2015, 14:8,
J. D. Bell, J. Albert, S. Andréfouët, N. Andrew, M. Blanc, P. Bright, D. Brogan, B. Campbell, H. Govan, J. Hampton, Q. Hanich, S. Harley, A. Jorari, M. Smith, S. Pontifex, M. Sharp, W. Sokimi, A. Web. Optimising the use of nearshore fish aggregating devices for food security in the Pacific Islands. Marine Policy, 2015, 56, 98–105.
Q. Hanich, B. Campbell. M. Bailey and E. Molenaar. Research into fisheries equity and fairness – addressing conservation burden concerns in transboundary fisheries. Marine Policy, 2015, 51, 302-304.
J. D. Bell, V. Allain, Ed. Allison, S. Andréfouët, N. Andrew, M. Batty, M. Blanc, J. Dambacher, J. Hampton, Q. Hanich, S. Harley, A. Lorrain, M. McCoy, N. McTurk, S. Nicol, G. Pilling, D. Point, M. Sharp, P. Vivili and P. Williams. Diversifying the use of tuna to improve public health in Pacific Island countries and territories. Marine Policy, 2015, 51, 584–591.
D. Kirby, C. Visser and Q. Hanich. Assessment of Eco-labelling Schemes for Pacific Tuna Fisheries. Marine Policy, 2014, 43, 132-142.
Q. Hanich. Book Review: Neinke Van Der Burgt, The Contribution of International Fisheries Law to Human Development: An Analysis of Multilateral and ACP-EU Fisheries Instruments. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. Publication forthcoming.
S. Bateman and Q. Hanich. Maritime Security Issues in an Arc of Instability and Opportunity. Security Challenges. 2013, 9, 4, 87-105.
Q. Hanich and Y. Ota. Moving Beyond Rights Based Management: A Transparent Approach to Distributing the Conservation Burden in Tuna Fisheries. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. 2013, 28.
D. Miller, N. Slicer and Q. Hanich. Monitoring, Control and Surveillance of Protected Areas and Specially Managed Areas in the Marine Domain. Marine Policy, 2013, 39, 64-71.
Q. Hanich. Distributing the Bigeye Conservation Burden in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries. Marine Policy, 2012, 36, 1, 327-332.
M. Tsamenyi and Q. Hanich. Fisheries Jurisdictions under the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention: Rights and Obligations in Maritime Zones under the Sovereignty of Coastal States. International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law. 2012, 27, 783-793.
R. Davis & Q. Hanich. Small-Island States and the LOS Convention 30 Years On: have the Benefits Been Realised. Ocean Yearbook. 2012, 26, 49-86.
Q. Hanich, F. Teo & M. Tsamenyi. A Collective Approach to Pacific Islands Fisheries Management: Moving Beyond Regional Agreements. Marine Policy, 2010, 34, (1), 85-91.
Q. Hanich, H. Parris & M. Tsamenyi. Sovereignty and cooperation in regional Pacific tuna fisheries management: Politics, economics, conservation and the vessel day scheme. Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs, 2010, Vol 2(1).
Q. Hanich & M. Tsamenyi. Managing Fisheries and Corruption in the Pacific Islands Region. Marine Policy, 2009. 33. 386-392.
Non-refereed Journal Articles, Conference Proceedings and Media
M. Keen and Q. Hanich. The Blue Economy: Plenty of Potential. In Brief. Published by the Australian National University.2015/54. http://ips.cap.anu.edu.au/ssgm/publications/blue-economy-plenty-potential.
Q. Hanich. If we want to keep eating tuna, the world needs to learn how to share. The Conversation. 21 August 2015. Subsequently republished in multiple other news services including the World Economic Forum, Food Magazine and others. https://theconversation.com/if-we-want-to-keep-eating-tuna-the-world-needs-to-learn-how-to-share-45953
Q. Hanich. Dolphin Friendly Tuna: We’re worrying About the Wrong Species. The Conversation. 28 May 2013. https://theconversation.com/dolphin-friendly-tuna-were-worrying-about-the-wrong-species-12760
Q. Hanich. Mapping the Distribution of the Conservation Burden. WCPFC-SC8-2012/MI-WP-05. Eighth Regular Session of the Scientific Committee to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. 7-15 August 2012. Busan, Korea. This paper was cited by the Scientific Committee to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in 2012 with a recommendation that this international treaty and its membership address the issues raised in the paper. In 2013, the WCPFC subsequently adopted two legally binding conservation and management measures tabled by the Pacific island States that explicitly addressed these issues.
Q. Hanich. FV Margiris is No Cute Fishing Boat. ABC The Drum. 10 August 2012. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-08-10/hanich---supertrawler-margiris/4190740
Q. Hanich. Who Pays for Conversation in the World’s Biggest Tuna Fishery. The Conversation. 7 August 2012. https://theconversation.com/who-pays-for-conservation-in-the-worlds-biggest-tuna-fishery-8663
Q. Hanich. What a Tangled Net: Unravelling the International Complications of Tuna Conversation. The Conversation. 1 April 2012. https://theconversation.com/what-a-tangled-net-unravelling-the-international-complications-of-tuna-conservation-6178
Q. Hanich. Distributing the Conservation Burden Equitably in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. In Proceedings of The International Seminar on Islands and Oceans. (Eds) H. Terashima. Ocean Policy Research Foundation. (Eds) H. Terashima. Ocean Policy Research Foundation. Tokyo. 2011. pp 157-172.
K. Gjerde, J. Ardron, S. Gotheil, Q. Hanich, F. Simard, R. Warner, P. Bernal, S. Garcia, J. Lee, M. Lodge, I. Meliane, J. Rice and J. Sanders. Modalities for Advancing Cross-Sectoral Cooperation in Managing Marine Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction. 2010. (paper presented by UNEP to CBD).
Q. Hanich. Regional Fisheries Management in Ocean Areas Surrounding Pacific Islands States. In Proceedings of The International Seminar on Islands and Oceans. (Eds) H. Terashima. Ocean Policy Research Foundation. (Eds) H. Terashima. Ocean Policy Research Foundation. Tokyo. 2009. pp 195-212.
Q. Hanich. Implementing Oceans Governance in the Pacific Islands Region: Regional Solutions to National Challenges. In Proceedings of The International Symposium of Islands and Oceans. (Eds) H. Terashima. Ocean Policy Research Foundation. Tokyo. 2009. pp 116-126.
Q. Hanich & M. Tsamenyi. Exclusive Economic Zones and Pacific Developing Island States - who really gets all the fish? Sharing the Fish ’06: Allocation Issues in Fisheries Management. Conference. (Eds) R. Metzner, D. Isokawa, Y. Liu, and F. Wells. Fremantle, Australia. February 2006. FAO Proceedings.
F. Meere, G. Geen, Q. Hanich, M. Lack, G. Sant, & Tsamenyi. CITES Introduction from the Sea: A Practical Way Forward. TRAFFIC Bulletin 2008. 21. (3). 131-135.
J. McCrea, Q. Hanich & M. Tsamenyi. Impending EC Regulations on IUU fishing looms large over industry. In Infofish International. No. 5. 2009.
Q. Hanich. Enforcement and Compliance Challenges to the Management of the Heard and McDonald Islands Fisheries. Research Report 17. Hobart, Tasmania. Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre Report. 2000.