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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.

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ANCORS Newsletter Archives

After a two-year hiatus, the ANCORS Newsletter was re-launched in 2016, with quarterly issues in both full-length electronic PDF and shorter e-newsletter 'highlights' formats. 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 professional short course and training opportunities and to showcase some of the great people who study at and work for this dynamic and multidisciplinary Centre.

The archive of PDF newsletters for 2017 and 2018 are available in the links below:

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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.

Maritime Border Security 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.

2018 Funding Success

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.

Seed Funding

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

Project Funding

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).

For more information, visit the Global Challenges website.

Last reviewed: 7 January, 2019