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From rays to crays: fisheries ecology case studies


7 May 2020 09:00-10:00hrs (AEST)

https://jcu.zoom.us/j/92983843841? (pwd=OElUa2lvSDdzTlF5cUs4TGEyMHc0Zz09)
Justin Rizzari
Justin Rizzari

Abstract: In this talk you will discover that my research encompasses a diverse range of projects associated with ecology and fisheries across a variety of species. As such, I will discuss the findings of three recently published research projects. Firstly, I will discuss how human exclusion zones outperform no-take marine reserves on the Great Barrier Reef for protecting reef sharks. Secondly, I will present the findings from a study where we investigated the effects of marine wildlife tourism on a non-focal species. Lastly, I will shed light on the role of bait supply in Australia’s Southern Rock Lobster Fishery.

Biography: Justin Rizzari is a Lecturer in Fisheries Science at Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. His background is in coral reef fish ecology having completed his PhD at James Cook University. He then moved on to colder climates in Tasmania where he worked on the commercial southern rock lobster and giant crab fisheries prior to joining Deakin in 2018. Justin’s research interests span a diverse portfolio encompassing fisheries biology, quantitative fisheries science, assessments of commercial and recreational fisheries, marine conservation, and spatial ecology. He also has a strong research interest in chondrichthyan communities.


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