Information Session: Collaborative research project between USFA and CSIRO

When: Thursday 15 November
Arrive: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Duration: Approx 1 hour including questions
Where: ASHFIELD WESTS LEAGUES CLUB, 115 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield, NSW Sydney Australia (Proceed to level one)
What else: Bring a dive buddy
You will hear:

  • What has really changed since the 60’s?
  • Will these changes affect your future fishing opportunities?
  • Specifically how USFA (spearo) data has contributed to this project.

The findings of 18 months of research will be presented in this information session for USFA members and is sure to invoke plenty of interest and questions.
The USFA and Southern Freedivers (Victoria) have been working with CSIRO on a project looking for changes in the distributions of coastal fishes since the 1960s. Researchers are interested if any changes are related to the increasing average temperatures recorded in coastal waters over recent decades.

Data have been entered for ~240 NSW competitions dating to the late 60’s. This is your chance to see the results first hand and to provide your comments on the results (and any changes you may have seen) directly to the researchers.
Spearfishers are directly represented on the project by Adrian Jeloudev (USFA’s Environmental Officer), Mathew Koopman (Southern Freedivers, Victoria) and David Welch.

About the presenters:
Daniel Gledhill is associated with CSIROs Australian National Fish Collection in Hobart. Dan’s research has ranged from leading fish-trawl surveys across the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait, to describing new species of fish, and to leading a national biodiversity program within the recent Commonwealth CERF Biodiversity Hub. Lack of historic datasets for coastal fishes led him to seek alternative data that can improve understanding of how and where fish are distributed and what has created and maintained these distributions.

David Welch is an independent scientist and life-long spearfisher. Dave is the primary spearfishing contact on the project and has laid the groundwork to ensure this project got underway. Dave is an adjunct scientist associated with James Cook University, and a Senior Scientist with C2O consulting with extensive experience in fishery ecology.