Dr Mary Ann Palma-Robles
Dr Palma-Robles started her academic career in 1998 and obtained her PhD from the University of Wollongong in 2006, after which she continued as a full time member of staff before moving to Queensland with her family. Her research interests include international fisheries law and policy, ocean policy and management, maritime security, and regional marine governance. She has numerous publications on these topics, including the book Promoting Sustainable Fisheries: The International Legal Framework to Combat Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (Brill, 2010). Mary Ann has undertaken related research and consultancies commissioned by international organisations, Australian government agencies, foreign governments, and international non-government organisations.
Mary Ann’s most recent research includes the impact of IUU fishing regulations on international fish trade, combating transnational crime in fisheries, and the role of Australia in establishing better fisheries relations in the Indo-Pacific region. These are current issues that involve an in-depth understanding of the inter-relationship of various areas of law. She also participates in the negotiations of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC), which include consultancy and advisory work for the Philippine and Indonesian Governments to develop and assess tuna management rights and obligations as archipelagic and fishing States. Apart from research undertakings, Mary Ann developed and coordinated the Master of Fisheries Policy and other professional short courses for ANCORS, as well as training programs for developing countries seeking capacity building assistance from the Australian Government.