Recreation-based stakeholder groups have achieved substantial habitat conservation in some cases, yet few studies have considered strategic engagement of recreational fishing communities in conservation. I aim to further understanding of social and psychological motivators for pro-environmental behaviour among recreational fishers and potential influences of formal recreation-based conservation organizations. I then address a plan to use blood chemistry analysis and acoustic telemetry to assess direct impacts of catch-and-release fishing on fish stress, behaviour, and survival, and efficacy of two primary fisheries management strategies in place for on the Great Barrier Reef: catch-and-release and marine protected areas. Results will improve understanding of recreational fishers’ potential to contribute to conservation efforts and potential for management and conservation organizations to form strategic partnerships with recreation-based stakeholders to achieve enhanced ecosystem-scale conservation.
Jeremy is interested in approaches to coastal marine ecosystem conservation that consider human needs for resources. He has been particularly focused on subsistence and culturally important fisheries, and how fishers can be involved in conservation in varying international contexts. Jeremy worked in coastal resource management in the Philippines for four years, initially as a US Peace Corps volunteer and then as a researcher with Old Dominion University, leading to a MSc in population genetics of coral reef fishes. He continued that work in Indonesia before working as the Marine Protected Area Coordinator for the territory or American Samoa for four years. He is currently studying roles of recreational fishing in ecosystem-scale conservation efforts at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University.