Univer­sity pro­motes PNG sport fish­ing

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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