Professor Johann Bell

Professor Johann BELLJohann Bell is a Visiting Professorial Fellow at ANCORS and a consultant to Conservation International’s Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Oceans. He obtained a PhD in fish ecology from Macquarie University in 1986 and has held positions as a Principal Scientist with the Government of NSW, WorldFish and with the Pacific Community. Professor Bell is also the Chair of the Recreational Fishing NSW Advisory Council and a member of the International Advisory Committee for the United Nations University’s Institute of Water, Environment and Health.

Professor Bell’s present activities centre on assessing the role that fisheries play in the food security of Pacific Island countries and territories, and how to make better use of the region’s rich tuna resources to improve the nutrition of Pacific Island people. He is also been involved in assessing the vulnerability of fisheries and aquaculture to climate change in the Pacific Island region and has edited a peer-reviewed book on this subject published by the Pacific Community (see below). He has also published more than 110 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.

 Some recent publications include:

  • Cvitanovic, C., S. Crimp, A. Fleming, J. Bell, M. Howden, A.J. Hobday, M. Taylor, R. Cunningham (2016). Linking adaptation science to action to build food secure Pacific Island communities. Climate Risk Management doi: 10.1016/j.crm.2016.01.003
  • Charlton, K.E., J. Russell, E. Gorman, Q. Hanich, A. Delisle, B. Campbell, J. Bell (2016). Fish, food security and health in Pacific Island countries and territories: a systematic literature review. BMC Public Health doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-2953-9
  • Bell, J.D., V. Allain, E.H. Allison, S. Andréfouët, N.L. Andrew, et al. (2015). Diversifying the use of tuna to improve food security and public health in Pacific Island countries and territories Marine Policy 51, 584-591.
  • Bell, J.D., J. Albert, S. Andréfouët, N.L. Andrew, M. Blanc, P. Bright, et al. (2015). Optimising the use of nearshore fish aggregating devices for food security in the Pacific Islands. Marine Policy 56, 98-105.
  • Heenan A., Pomeroy, R., Bell, J., Munday P., Cheung, et al. (2015). A climate-informed, ecosystem approach to fisheries management. Marine Policy 57, 182-192.
  • Evans K., J.W. Young, S. Nicol, D. Kolody, V. Allain, J. Bell, et al. (2015). Optimising fisheries management in relation to tuna catches in the western central Pacific Ocean: A review of research priorities and opportunities. Marine Policy 59, 94-104.
  • Hobday, A.J., J.D. Bell, T.R. Cook, M.A. Gasalla, K.C. Weng (2015). Reconciling conflicts in pelagic fisheries under climate change. Deep Sea Research II 113, 291-300.
  • Sale, P.F., T. Agardy, C.H. Ainsworth, B.E. Feist, J.D. Bell et al. (2014). Transforming management of tropical coastal seas to cope with challenges of the 21st century Marine Pollution Bulletin 85, 8-23.
  • Bell, J.D., A. Ganachaud, P.C. Gehrke, S.P. Griffiths, A.J. Hobday et al. (2013).  Mixed responses of tropical Pacific fisheries and aquaculture to climate change. Nature Climate Change 3, 591-599.
  • Bell, J.D., C. Reid, M.J. Batty, P. Lehodey, L. Rodwell et al. (2013). Effects of climate change on oceanic fisheries in the tropical Pacific: implications for economic development and food security. Climatic Change 19, 199-212.
  • Bell, J.D., J.E. Johnson and A.J. Hobday (eds) Vulnerbaility of Tropical Pacific Fisheries and Aquaculture to Climate Change. Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea.
  • Bell, J.D., M. Kronen, A. Vunisea, W.J. Nash, G. Keeble et al. (2009). Planning the use of fish for food security in the Pacific. Marine Policy 33, 64-76.


Last reviewed: 19 August, 2016