Director, Fish & Fisheries Lab
Andrew was born and raised in southeast Asia and remains keenly interested in fisheries sustainability, livelihoods, collaborative research, and capacity building throughout the region. Now living in Townsville, Australia, Andrew has over 20 years’ experience in marine research and management including work for NGOs, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and experience with a wide range of fisheries and shark and ray projects. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed publications and is an editor for Pacific Conservation Biology. He is currently director of the Fish and Fisheries Lab at James Cook University, and also serves on the IUCN Shark Specialist Group and the scientific advisory board for the Save Our Seas Foundation. Andrew has extensive experience working with fishers, communities, and collaborators in northern Australia, and with Indigenous ranger groups. He is very interested in bycatch reduction, which first means understanding catch, bycatch, and discard patterns - which is driving his interest in electronic monitoring. Andrew would like to see the successful roll-out of EM in Queensland fisheries, and to have this done in a way that genuinely empowers fishers to improve their social license, demonstrate sustainable practices, and have ownership over their data.