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Industry and marine research leaders presented the latest issues and findings affecting the future of Western Australian marine environment at the WAMSI research conference 2015 (Monday 30 March-1 April) launched by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier and Minister for State Development and Science, Hon. Donna Faragher MLC.
Among the keynote speakers;
- Paul Vogel (EPA Chairman) – Science, knowledge and managing risk through environmental impact assessment;
- Shaun Gregory (Woodside Energy, Senior Vice President Science and Technology) – An industry perspective on strategic marine science;
- Michael Marnane (Chevron) – Applying lessons learnt from Gorgon to the Chevron Wheatstone dredging program;
- Wayne Young (Pilbara Ports Authority) – Ports perspective of dredging in the Pilbara;
- Tom Hatton (Marine Parks and Reserves Authority of Western Australia) – The future of WA’s Kimberley Marine Parks
- Brett Moloney (Department of Fisheries WA) – With a new Fisheries Act likely, the needs of management for robust and timely research.
- Peter Klinken (WA Chief Scientist) – WA’s research focus; and
- Patrick Seares (WAMSI CEO) An overview of research progress, future direction and initiatives to improve collaboration on information.
Over the course of the three day conference, lead researchers and industry representatives who are working on WAMSI’s 50 research projects under the Kimberley Marine Research Program and the Dredging Science Node also provided latest updates on their research.