University promotes PNG sport fishing
JAMES Cook University has helped launch a research hub that’s designed to promote sustainable, small-scale sportfishing ventures that support local communities throughout the tropics.
The Sportfishing for Sustainable Livelihoods Research Hub was launched at an event in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea last night.
JCU’s Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Chris Cocklin and Dean of the College of Science, Technology and Engineering, Professor Marcus Lane joined the Governor of Queensland, His Excellency The Honourable Paul de Jersey AC, Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Bronte Moules, PNG government ministers and other dignitaries at the event in the PNG capital.
The opening of the hub builds on years of research led by a multidisciplinary team from JCU that looked at everything from the ecology of hardfighting sportfish to how a sportfishing industry might be designed so that it benefits people who live near the fishing grounds.
JCU’s Professor Marcus Sheaves, the project’s leader, said the hub is a flagship for a larger vision that taps into JCU’s research excellence to have real impact on the livelihoods of people throughout the tropics.
“The sportfishing for sustainable livelihoods project is about how we take lessons we’ve learned and extend them to improving the livelihoods of people who have few alternative sources of income,” he said. The people living near remote fisheries habitats are often impoverished, but retain effective control over their fisheries.
Professor Sheaves said one of the hub’s first jobs would be to capture more financial support.