2019 State NRM & Coastal Conference

1 October 2019
4 October 2019
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Edith Cowan University, Joondalup

The 2019 State Natural Resource Management (NRM) and Coastal Conference will be held amongst the beautiful natural gardens of Edith Cowan University, Joondalup from 1 October – 4 October 2019.

A highly regarded WA event that has been held regularly since the 1990s, the Conference will focus on maximising networking opportunities with an interactive program including workshops, tours, engaging conference sessions and open space sessions.

The theme for this year's conference is:

Our Coast | Our Land – Striving Together

Ngaalang booyembara|ngaalang boodjar – Dandjoo warniny

Symposium and book launch: A Jewel in the Crown of a Global Biodiversity hotspot

14 September 2019
12:00 am - 12:00 am
The UWA Oceans Institute, Fairway, Crawley

A symposium and book launch, free of charge, organised by the Royal Society of Western Australia, co-hosted by The Beeliar Group, The Western Australian Naturalists’ Club Inc, and the Kwongan Foundation, focusing on a proposed Regional Park, stretching from Lesmurdie Falls to the Canning River on the Swan Coastal Plain. Excursion on the Sunday after.

Coasts and Ports 2019

10 September 2019
13 September 2019
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Hobart, Tasmania

The Local Organising Committee, the National Committee for Coastal and Ocean Engineering, Engineers Australia, PIANC Australia and the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) invite you to attend Coasts and Ports 2019: an amalgamation of the 24th Australasian Coastal and Ocean Engineering Conference and the 17th Australasian Port and Harbour Conference.

The Coasts & Ports Conference series in the pre-eminent forum in the Australasian region for professionals to meet and discuss multi-disciplinary issues related to coasts and ports.

A Global Perspective on Marine Megafauna Movement

5 September 2019
12:00 am - 12:00 am
City of Perth Library

Marine megafauna such as sharks, whales and turtles are impacted by human activities like coastal development, pollution, fishing and shipping. However, the extent of such impacts is unknown, mostly because our understanding of these animal's movements is limited.

The Marine Megafauna Movement Analytical Program (MMMAP) aims to significantly improve our understanding of marine megafauna movement at a global scale to assist the conservation and management of these ecologically important, charismatic and threatened marine species.

29th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB 2019)

21 July 2019
25 July 2019
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Researchers, students, agency personnel, environmental educators, practitioners, and other conservation stakeholders will join us for lively discussions on the nexus between biodiversity conservation and genetics, ecology, biogeography, anthropology, history, psychology, economics, conservation marketing, religion, and more.

Sea Change: Global tracking of marine megafauna under anthropogenic footprint

18 July 2019
12:00 am - 12:00 am
Crawley, Perth

Join us for this talk in the Anthropocene Sea Change Seminar Series at the UWA Oceans Institute with Ana Martins Sequeira.

Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre (UWA) Auditorium, 64 Fairway, Crawley, WA 6009

Human impacts (e.g. overharvesting, by-catch mortality, pollution, acoustic and habitat degradation) have led to declines in abundance of many marine megafauna. Many species are threatened and with a bleak outlook for recovery due to little or no management in some cases, and a lack of international agreements on conservation of high seas biodiversity. Tracking data have led to evidence-based conservation of marine megafauna, but a disconnect remains between the many tens of 1000s of individual animals that have been tracked and the data used in conservation and management actions.

I will discuss how, through the Marine Megafauna Movement Analytical Program (mmmp.wordpress.com) I am currently leading, we see that a global approach combining tracked movements of marine megafauna and human activities at-sea, and using existing and emerging technologies (e.g., artificial intelligence and big data approaches) can be applied to deliver near-real time diagnostics on existing risks and threats to mitigate global risks for marine megafauna. With technology developments over the next decade expected to catalyse the potential to survey marine animals and human activities in ever more detail and at global scales, the development of dynamic predictive tools based on near-real time tracking and environmental data will become crucial to address increasing risks.

Ana is a Marine Ecologist interested on the development of models to assist our understanding of the marine environment. Currently, her main focus is on understanding movement patterns of highly migratory marine megafauna, such as sharks, seals and whales, and on how they will fare with increasing anthropogenic pressures. To achieve this, Ana is leading the Marine Megafauna Movement Analytical Program (MMMAP; mmmap.wordpress.com), which aims to significantly improve our understanding of marine megafauna movement at a global scale to ultimately assist the conservation and management of economically important, charismatic and threatened highly migratory marine species. Ana is a DECRA Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, funded by the Australian Research Council and supported by the Australian Institute of Marine Science.