Human dimensions of aquatic resources and production

Theme Leader Amy Diedrich

Research on the sustainability of fishers, producers, industries and communities involved in aquatic food production; how to deal with change in fisheries and aquaculture to ensure aquatic food security; identification of adaptation strategies.

Our Research Focus

The sustainable use and production of aquatic resources can only occur if emerging biophysical and technological knowledge is effectively translated into management action. Resilient, adaptive, and receptive societies are essential for achieving this goal. Understanding the broader social context, including how people perceive, value, and use aquatic resources is therefore key to ensuring sustainability through the effective uptake of new science and technology.

The CSTFA has staff with highly developed skills in socio-cultural and economic aspects of natural aquatic resource use and farmed production. Through interdisciplinary collaboration across our themes, the Centre can provide complete triple bottom line assessment of the full spectrum of aquatic food and product production, identify adaptation benefits for the aquatic food production sector, and build the resilience of linked social and ecological systems.

Current Research Projects

  • Factors that influence the interest and commitment of local communities to conservation in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
  • Evaluating factors that influence the success of community-based marine protected areas in the Philippines
  • Ecological Knowledge (TEK) and Indigenous cultural values be utilised in contemporary fisheries management effectively?
  • Understanding barriers and opportunities for sustained benefits from inland pond aquaculture in the Solomon Islands.
  • Maximising Outcomes for Shark and Ray Marine Protected Areas in Myanmar

Our Team

Portrait of Amy Diedrich

Theme Leader

Amy Diedrich

Portrait of Michelle Esparon

Michelle Esparon

Portrait of Marina Farr

Marina Farr

Our Students

Daykin Harohau

Daykin Harohau

Meira Mizrahi

Me’ira Mizrahi