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Steven Davies

Nuffield Australia 2016 Scholarship winner

Steven Davies, from Perth, Western Australia, receives a Nuffield Scholarship supported by the 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 in northern Australia.

Steven is a senior manager of Marine Produce Australia and is 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.

Location: Lands End, Western Australia
Mobile: 0447 488 831
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