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Steven Davies. 2016 Scholarship winner

Steven Davies. 2016 Scholarship winner

Steven Davies, from Perth Western Australia, has received a Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarship supported by Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

He will investigate the development of socially responsible and economically sustainable wild-catch seafood and aquaculture industries in Australia.

His particular interest is the relationships between industry, government and interest groups and how these can encourage the development of a sustainable aquaculture industry across the country.

Steven is a senior manager of Marine Produce Australia and is part of the small team responsible for the company’s Kimberley-based operation, Cone Bay Ocean Barramundi. This is Australia’s only sea-cage barramundi farm.

He says a focus on development of the aquaculture industry in northern Australia requires a pragmatic approach to bridging the gaps between industry, government and various lobby groups.

“Australia has a long and proud history of relatively sound economic, environmental and socially-responsible seafood industry development and my family has three generations of involvement in this,” he says.

“The challenge has always been to achieve a balance and this challenge grows every year due to increasing population, resource allocation, public perceptions, globalisation, climate change, threats to the marine environment and interest groups.”

Steven hopes his research in Chile, China, Iceland, Kiribati, Norway and the United States will identify potential new practices and insights that can be applied to the Australian wild-catch seafood and aquaculture industries.

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation is pleased to support Steven Davies as a 2016 Nuffield Scholar. The organisation said it’s a valuable investment in the growth of agriculture in Western Australia alongside Nuffield Australia, which is at the forefront of developing future industry leaders.

Nuffield Australia chief executive officer Jim Geltch said Nuffield now boasted more than 350 scholars in Australia who, through their scholarship global study tours, had significant insight into global agricultural production systems.

“We are building capacity for the nation’s food and fibre industries to be world leaders in the adoption of technology, best practice and innovation,” he said.

“Nuffield Scholars are influencing industry and community changes, resulting in agricultural productivity increases and economic development for rural communities.

“The Nuffield experience adds new dimensions to the way scholars think about the economic, environmental and social aspects of global food production.

“Engagement and investment in capacity building and talent development in agriculture is critical as the global population continues to escalate and the amount of land available for food production shrinks.”

Scholars undertake a 16-week program of group and individual travel.

Global Focus Program tours will visit several countries in March/April or June/July 2016, including New Zealand, Brazil, the United States of America, Mexico, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Eastern Europe, Singapore, India, Qatar, Turkey, France, the Philippines, China, Canada or Ireland (itineraries will vary between groups).

Applications for Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships open in April each year to Australian primary producers and managers who seek to research a topic important to them and to Australian agriculture.

Steven is available to talk about his planned travel and can be contacted on:

Phone: 0447 488 831 Email: sd@landsendaustralia.com

Media contact:
Justine Mackay, Cox Inall Communications
P: 0435 325 954; E: justinem@coxinall.com.au

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