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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 industry’s social licence to operate and how this impacts consumer demand.

His particular interest is the relationships between industry, government and interest groups and how these can impact the ongoing development of an ecologically and economically sustainable Australian seafood industry.

Steven has two decades of direct involvement in commercial fishing and aquaculture ventures across southern and western Australia, and owns and operates a private consultancy business. He has held many professional appointments on peak bodies of representation.

He says a focus on the ongoing development of a robust Australian seafood industry 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 the USA, India, Japan and Norway will identify insights that can be applied to the Australian wild-catch seafood and aquaculture industries.

Location: Lands End, Fremantle, Western Australia
Mobile: 0447 488 831
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Returning Scholar presentation: Watch video

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