The Tasmanian Ocean Summit, presented by the Australia Institute Tasmania, will be a deep dive into Tasmania’s coastal waters and the culture, science, policy and integrated management they need. A day of collaboration to achieve a closer connection to our ocean, with sustainable production and economic wellbeing for all Tasmanians.
Tasmania is an island state; the ocean and coasts are embedded in our psyche. This connection to the sea is ancient – First Nations Tasmanians have cared for sea country for over 40,000 years.
Tasmania has some of the highest levels of marine diversity and species found no where else in the world. This is globally significant. Our economic, community and cultural wellbeing depends on these ecosystems remaining healthy. But our marine life is under pressure with depleted fish stocks, threatened species, and poor habitat protection. Pollution and climate change are only exacerbating the problem.
This gathering will host a compelling program of speakers, panel discussions and networking opportunities to lay the foundation for the change required to achieve a sustainable ocean economy with more effective protection, more sustainable production and more equitable prosperity.
The first review of Tasmania’s main marine law, the Living Marine Resource Management Act 1995, is currently underway and provides the best opportunity in a generation to fundamentally improve the way we care for and use our coastal waters.
- Dr Russell Reichelt AO FTSE | Australian Sherpa to the High Level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy
- Fiona Hamilton | trawlwulwuy woman of tebrakunna country, Tasmanian Aboriginal Heritage Officer and businesswoman
- Martin Exel | Managing Director of SeaBOS (Seafood Business for Ocean Stewardship), a collaborative venture between ten of the world’s largest seafood businesses and the Stockholm Resilience Centre
- Prof Gretta Pecl | Director, Centre for Marine Socioecology and ARC Future Fellow
- Ebony Bennett | Deputy Director, The Australia Institute
- Greg Jericho | Policy Director, Labour Market and Fiscal for the Centre for Future Work, Guardian Columnist
- Emeritus Professor Kate Warner AC FAAL | Former Governor of Tasmania 2014-2021
- Ben Hall and Trent Prouse | First Nations Tasmanians from the Parrdarrama Nation
- Dr Beth Fulton | Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO and Centre for Marine Socioecology
- Graeme Wood | Environmentalist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Spring Bay Mill transformer
- Dr Jess Melbourne-Thomas | Transdisciplinary Researcher and Knowledge Broker, CSIRO and Centre for Marine Socioecology
- Associate Professor Neville Barrett | Marine and estuarine ecologist, IMAS
- Dr Ian Dutton | General Manager – Marine Resources, Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania
- Dr Ingrid van Putten | Senior Research Scientist, Behavioural and Fisheries Economics, CSIRO and Centre for Marine Socioecology
- Angela Williamson |Director of Policy & Planning, Blue Economy CRC
- Dr Alistair Hobday | Research Director & Senior Principal Research Scientist, CSIRO, will chair the management panel
- Leanne Minshull | Small business owner and former Director of the Australia Institute Tasmania, will chair the economics panel