Dr Ian Knuckey, Fishwell Consulting Pty LtdDr Ian Knuckey has a PhD in fishery population dynamics and 30 years involvement as a fisheries scientist in Australia and the Pacific working across coastal and offshore fisheries for teleosts, sharks and crustaceans in both temperate and tropical waters. His company – Fishwell Consulting – provides research, development and extension services to the fishing and seafood industry to encourage and promote sustainable fishing practices. He is also director of Olfish–Australia, a company involved in the development and implementation of electronic logbook software capable of collecting, analysing, plotting, reporting and transmitting all vessel-related data.
Ian has been engaged with Global Marine Resource Management Pty Ltd to offer training and education services to Indonesia through Australia Awards Indonesia short courses (funded through the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Under the leadership of Global Marine Resource Management Pty Ltd, Ian has participated and presented to two courses on Sustainable Fisheries Management and one on Seafood Product Development. This has involved intensive training in Australia and workshops in Indonesia (Batam, Bali, Bandung). Through this Indonesian engagement Ian offers his extensive knowledge and background in fisheries management and assessment together with seafood product development.
Ian is very experienced in the range of data collection and analysis techniques used for input into stock assessments. He has had extensive experience in bycatch monitoring and analysis techniques and bycatch mitigation for trawl fisheries. Ian is an expert in fisheries population dynamics and has been instrumental in establishing fisheries monitoring and observer programs around Australia. He has also been the driving force behind the design and implementation of fishery independent surveys in a range of fisheries including, trawl, longline, mud crab, scallop, and sea cucumber and understands the scientific rigour required to provide sound advice on population structure and stock abundance. Ian is particularly experienced in stock assessments and harvest strategies for data-poor fisheries. He has been involved with a number of projects on the development and review of harvest strategies and their application to commercial fisheries and is across the many issues associated with harvest strategies that include economic as well as biological targets and reference points to manage fisheries.
- Chairman of Australian Seafood Co-products.
- Chair of Northern Prawn Fishery Resource Assessment Group;
- Chair of Victorian Rock Lobster Assessment Group
- Chair of Tropical Rock Lobster Assessment Group
- Scientific member of Northern Prawn Fishery Management Advisory Committee;
- Scientific member of Shark Assessment Group.
Roger is an economist and a globally-acknowledged thought leader in fisheries management. He has run his economics, business and marketing consultancy for more than 20 years working in fisheries management reform in South Australia but also in other jurisdictions (e.g. Western Australia, Australian Commonwealth and New Zealand). Roger initiated the first economic indicator surveys and analysis in South Australia, which has resulted a 20-year time series in all fisheries, one of the most comprehensive socio-economic data in Australia.
He also led the South Australian industry initiative to establish legislated secure fishing entitlements, which established explicit commercial and recreational resource shares, resource sharing and compensation when shares are adjusted, in both commercial fisheries and marine parks. And in 2012 he developed a Fishery Gross Margin methodology as a proxy for MEY when setting TACC’s in the South Australian Clam fishery. The approach has resulted in higher industry profits and a record stock abundance under quota settings lower than maximum sustainable yields.
With Paul McShane he co-developed the Clean Green Rock Lobster scheme: a world first seafood supply chain management standard. The Clean Green program integrates environmental management, resource sustainability, food safety and quality, work place safety, and animal welfare.
With a Masters degree in agricultural science Roger brings fisheries economics, extension, strategic planning, industry and business development to Global Marine Resource Management. He is also involved in global seafood supply chains extending an innovative approach to development of niche seafood products.