Officially recognised by the United Nations since 2008, World Ocean’s Day creates awareness and celebrates our ocean environments. Events are organised globally with 35 currently planned in Australia. However, the effort to promote and conserve our oceans is ongoing and UOW recognises this by advancing impactful maritime research. UOW’s resolve for preserving the marine environment is highlighted by the projects funded by its strategic interdisciplinary research initiative, Global Challenges.
One of the challenge themes of the Global Challenge Program is Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones. Currently there are more than 100 UOW researchers working across disciplines on projects aimed to protect and preserve our marine environments.
One such project is Conservation and Equity in Pacific Tuna, headed up by Dr Quentin Hanich, Fisheries Governance Research Program Program Leader at UOW’s Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS). Dr Hanich is a Research Associate to the Nereus Program, and joined the Nereus Program as a Principal Investigator in 2017. The tuna governance project proposes to address the political stalemate currently undermining the sustainable management of Pacific tuna fisheries, the world’s largest tuna fishery. Unless resolved, overfishing will impact the long term sustainability of these fisheries, resulting in significant conservation concerns, and limiting future development opportunities for some Pacific small island developing states.