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From ‘Down under’ to the far North: Progress of MPA research in Norway


Wednesday 24 April 12pm AEST

JCU Location: Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room 106
Alf Ring Kleiven
Alf Ring Kleiven

Even though Norway has a long tradition of fisheries research, research on MPAs as a fisheries management tool is quite new in Norway. It all started with the initiative to implement experimental lobster reserves in 2006. Since then, two JCU alumni, Even Moland and Alf Ring Kleiven, have been highly involved in the progress of MPA implementation and research in Norway. This illustrates how exposure to novel ideas during studies abroad can create inspiration to introduce new fields of research ’back home’. In this talk I tell the story of how ideas were brought from Townsville to Norway, and how this influenced the development of MPAs as a research subject and a management tool. Fifteen years of MPA research in Norway has generated a substantial body of literature and a marine conservation science for Norway, demonstrating effects of protection and how MPAs can work as a fisheries management tool in northern temperate ecosystems.

Bio: Alf Ring Kleiven conducted his master at JCU from 2001-2002. He received his PhD at University of Tromsø, Norway, in 2010 and has been employed as a scientist at the Institute of Marine Research since 2010. Kleiven is involved in Norwegian research projects focusing on MPA implementation and effects, lobster monitoring, recreational fisheries and ghost fishing. From February to July 2019 he is a visiting scientist at IMAS at University of Tasmania.


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