Dr Hampus Eriksson

Hampus Eriksson

Position: Scientist, WorldFish and Honorary Senior Fellow, ANCORS 
Phone: +61 (0) 2 4221 5506
Email: H.Eriksson@cgiar.org
Office: UOW Innovation Campus, ITAMS Building 233, Room 206
Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS), University of Wollongong, NSW, 2522, Australia    



Hampus Eriksson is a scientist at WorldFish, Malaysia, and a senior research fellow at ANCORS. He holds a PhD in Systems Ecology from Stockholm University in Sweden and an MSc in Biology from Uppsala University in Sweden, where he was also awarded an exchange student scholarship at University of Sydney. Before moving to Wollongong he was a post-doc, partly funded by an FAO project on an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management, at Stockholm University and affiliated to Stockholm Resilience Centre. 

Hampus’ research operates at the interface of ecology and society. He has studied the ecology of vulnerable fisheries target species, and how people organize themselves to exploit and/or manage them. He started his research career with fieldwork in the Pacific in 2004, but has since then conducted fieldwork in coastal East Africa for most of his career. Pacific Islands are again a key geographic area of his current research, partly through the joint WorldFish, ANCORS and SPC project on community-based fisheries management in Solomon Islands, Kiribati and Vanuatu. 

Research interests:

My research focuses on natural resource governance and the role of fisheries and aquaculture for development and food security. A key area of current research is aimed at better understanding Chinese market responses to overexploitation of sea cucumbers and the trade dynamics of products derived from this taxon sourced from tropical small-scale fisheries around the world. Using a broad social-ecological systems framework I use sea cucumber sourcing as a case to pursue research on multi-level exploitation dynamics and their governance and governability. An important component of my current analyses is evaluating if the processes associated to these globalized and resilient sourcing systems are governable under existing management models, and if not what new instruments are required.

Current research projects:

EU-funded project on Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management, implemented in Indonesia, Philippines, Solomon Islands and Tanzania. Project led by WorldFish.

ACIAR funded project on community based fisheries management in Pacific Islands 

Research students:

Kennedy Wolfe, PhD student at University of Sydney (Co-supervisor) 

Jeremie KALTAVARA: Examining Coastal Fisheries Management System Changes in Vanuatu: Implications for Livelihood, Resource Management and Governance (co-supervisor)

Selected Publications:

Eriksson H., Adhuri D.S., Adrianto L., Andrew N.L., Apriliani T., Daw, T., Evans L., Garces L., Kamanyi E., Mwaipopo R., Purnomo A.H., Sulu R.J., Beare D.J. 2016. An ecosystem approach to small-scale fisheries through participatory diagnosis in four tropical countries. Global Environmental Change 36: 56-66.

Sulu, R.J., Eriksson H., Schwarz A-E., Andrew N.L., Orirana G., Sukulu M., Oeta J., Harohau D.O., Sibiti S., Toritela A., Beare D. 2015. Livelihoods and fisheries governance in a contemporary Pacific Island setting. PLoS ONE 10(11): e0143516.

Eriksson H., Österblom H., Crona B., Troell M., Wilen J., Andrew N.L., Folke C. 2015. Contagious exploitation of marine resources. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 13(8): 435-440.

Purcell S.W., Uthicke S., Byrne M., Eriksson H. 2015. Rotational harvesting is a risky strategy for vulnerable marine animals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 112(46): E6263.

Eriksson H., Conand C., Lovatelli A., Muthiga N.M., Purcell S.W. 2015. Governance structures and sustainability in Indian Ocean sea cucumber fisheries. Marine Policy 56: 16-22.

Eriksson H., Clarke S. 2015. Chinese market responses to overexploitation of sharks and sea cucumbers. Biological Conservation 184: 163-173.

Purcell S.W., Eriksson H. 2014. Echinoderms piggybacking on sea cucumbers: Benign effects on sediment turnover and movement of hosts. Marine Biology Research 11(6): 666-670.

Eriksson H., de la Torre-Castro M., Purcell S., Olsson P. 2014. Lessons for resource conservation from two contrasting small-scale fisheries. AMBIO 44: 204-213.

Eriksson H., M. Byrne 2013. The sea cucumber fishery in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park follows global patterns of serial exploitation. Fish and Fisheries 16: 329-341.

FAO 2013. Report on the FAO Workshop on Sea Cucumber Fisheries: An Ecosystem Approach to Management in the Indian Ocean (SCEAM Indian Ocean), Mazizini, Zanzibar, the United Republic of Tanzania, 12–16 November 2012.FAO Fisheries and Aquaculture Report. No. 1038. Rome. 92 pp.

Eriksson H., B.V. Thorne, and M Byrne. 2012. Stability in protected sea cucumber populations: analysis of spatial and temporal population metrics of curryfish (Stichopus herrmanni) on One Tree Reef, Great Barrier Reef. Marine Ecology Progress Series 473: 225-234.

Eriksson H., M. de la Torre-Castro, and P. Olsson. 2012. Mobility, expansion and management of an East African multi-species scuba diving fishery. PLoS ONE 7(4): e35504.

Eriksson H., M. Byrne, and M. de la Torre-Castro. 2012. Sea cucumber (Aspidochirotida) community, distribution and habitat utilization on the reefs of Mayotte, Western Indian Ocean. Marine Ecology Progress Series 452:159-170.

Eriksson H., A. Jamon, and J Wickel. 2012. Observations of habitat utilization by the sea cucumber Stichopus chloronotus. SPC Bêche-de-mer Information Bulletin 32: 39-42.

Eriksson H., G. Robinson, M. Slater, and Troell M. 2012. Sea cucumber aquaculture in the Western Indian Ocean - challenges for sustainable livelihood and stock improvement. AMBIO 41(2): 109-121.

Thorne B., H. Eriksson, and M. Byrne. 2012. Long term trends in population dynamics in Holothuria atra (Aspidochirotida) in the southern Great Barrier Reef; the importance of asexual and sexual reproduction. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK in press.

Eriksson H. 2011. Sandfish (Holothuria scabra) farming in a social-ecological context: conclusions from Zanzibar. Proceedings of the ACIAR-SPC Asia-Pacific Tropical Sea Cucumber Aquaculture Symposium, 15-17 February 2011, SPC, Noumea, New Caledonia. p 196-202.

Schneider K., J. Silverman, E. Woolsey, H. Eriksson, M. Byrne, and K. Caldeira. 2011. Potential influence of sea cucumbers on coral reef CaCO3 budget: A case study in One Tree Reef. Journal of Geophysical Research 116: G04032.

Eriksson H., M. de la Torre-Castro, J. Eklöf, and N Jiddawi. 2010. Resource degradation of the sea cucumber fishery in Zanzibar, Tanzania: a need for management reform. Aquatic Living Resources 23: 387-398. 

Friedman K., H. Eriksson, E. Tardy, and K. Pakoa. 2010. Management of sea cucumber stocks: patterns of vulnerability and recovery of sea cucumber stocks impacted by fishing. Fish and Fisheries 12(1): 75-93.

Last reviewed: 20 March, 2019