Maritime experts tackle food security issues in Pacific. ANCORS funding boost aims to improve wellbeing of Pacific island nations.
Catching, trading and eating fish is central to the South Pacific way of life, but in recent years rising populations and associated increased fishing pressure has led to a decline in coastal fisheries. By the year 2030, an additional 100,000+ tonnes of fish per year will be needed across the Pacific region to ensure good nutrition and health outcomes.
Since 2013, UOW’s Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) has worked closely with international research agency WorldFish, on research into community based fisheries management in Kiribati, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
ANCORS Newsletter Archives
After a two-year hiatus, the ANCORS Newsletter was re-launched In 2016, with a quarterly format and both a full PDF hardcopy and shorter e-newsletter. The ANCHOR keeps Advisors, Fellows, alumni, and potential collaborators, partners and students informed of the diverse activities in which the Centre and its partners are engaged. It also provides another forum to announce short course opportunities and to showcase some of the great people who study at and work for this dynamic and multidisciplinary Centre.
While the transition to a fully electronic format is likely on the horizon, the full newsletters for 2016 and 2017 are available in the links below as pdfs:
If you are interested in subscribing to the e-newsletter, you can sign up by following this link: http://eepurl.com/bysM-v
ANCORS in Research Partnership with Harvard University-led Planetary Health Alliance
The Planetary Health Alliance is a consortium of universities, NGOs and other partners with a shared mission—supporting the growth of a rigorous, policy-focused, transdisciplinary field of applied research aimed at understanding and addressing the human health implications of accelerating change in the structure and function of Earth’s natural systems. This new collaborative partnership and ANCORS' membership was announced in The Lancet.
UOW in Maritime Border Security Partnership
Partnership to promote and enhance border security in Australia and our region.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) focusing on maritime border security in Australia’s region was signed on 19 August between the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the University of Wollongong (UOW).
Under the terms of the partnership, research undertaken by the University’s Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) will support the development of a world-leading curriculum to facilitate intensive training in maritime enforcement, civil maritime security policy development, research, and regional capacity building.
The MoU was officially signed in Canberra by the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Peter Dutton, MP, and UOW Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paul Wellings, CBE. UOW’s Brand Ambassador, cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist, AM, was also in attendance.
The UOW Global Challenges Program has developed a range of funding schemes to harness the expertise of world-class researchers to solve complex, real-world problems – to transform lives and regions. This funding supports truly interdisciplinary research at UOW to effect transformation within our region and globally. Robin Warner, Harriet Harden-Davies, Brooke Campbell, Quentin Hanich and Aurélie Delisle from ANCORS were all successful in the recent funding round.
Drugs from the Deep? The scope for sustainable deep-sea biodiscovery in Australia ($15,000)
Harriet Harden-Davies (LHA), Albert Munoz (BUS), Danielle Skropeta (SMAH), Robin Warner (LHA) and Tamantha Stutchbury (Global Challenges).
Sustainable Seascapes: Integrated approaches to enhancing marine and coastal governance in Niue ($15,000)
Brooke Campbell (LHA), Aurélie Delisle (LHA), Leah Gibbs (SOC), Sarah Hamylton (SMAH) and Quentin Hanich (LHA).
External partner: Niue Ministry of Natural Resources
Blue Carbon Futures: Mangrove Regeneration in Vietnam $23,786K/$50K (2015, 2016)
Kerrylee Rogers (SMAH), Robin Warner (LHA), Mary Kaidonis (BUS), Colin Woodroffe (SMAH), Olivia Dun (SOC) and Jennifer Atchison (SOC).
Fish, food security and combating obesity and diet related disease in Pacific Island countries $40K (2015)
Quentin Hanich (LHA), Karen Charlton (SMAH), Joanna Russell (SOC), Aurelie Delisle (LHA) and Brooke Campbell (LHA).
External partner: Worldfish
SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIC FUNDING
Coastal Wetland Sustainability in the 21st Century ($5,000)
Kerrylee Rogers (SMAH), Colin Woodroffe (SMAH), Robin Warner (LHA) and Oliva Dun (SOC).
01 Sep | Aerial patrols don’t see all the sharks, but they’re keeping people safe, Duncan Leadbitter, The Conversation
21 Aug | If we want to keep eating tuna, the world needs to learn how to share, Quentin Hanich, The Conversation
20 Aug | UOW in Maritime Border Security Partnership, UOW Media Unit
19 Aug | Academic partnership to give our region greater maritime security, Department of Immigration and Border Protection
19 Aug | The challenge of managing Earth's oceans, Alistair McIlgorm, The Conversation
13 Aug | Pacific Islands encouraged to increase use of FADs, World Fishing and Aquaculture
23 Jul | Empowering Community-Based Ecosystem Approaches to Fisheries Management, UOW Research Online
9 May | Why the world is wary of China's 'great wall of sand' in the sea, Prof. Clive Schofield, The Conversation
15 Apr | Equity and Fairness in International Fisheries: Taking the Politics out of Science, presented by Dr Quentin Hanich
8 Apr | Run Silent, Don't Run Japanese: Australia's Submarine Showdown, Prof. Sam Bateman, The National Interest
30 Jul | Fisheries open to Plunder, ABC Lateline
27 May | Fisheries Plundered off the Pacific Islands, ABC Radio
05 May | Dr Quentin Hanich presents at Budding Ideas, UOW research showcase