26 August 2015

Graphic Recording - Image 1_optFinding out the best way to communicate with our stakeholders is pivotal for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA). In a first for Commonwealth fisheries, at the recent Science and Capability Training Workshop for the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery, ‘visual’ minutes were taken.

Recorded by Dr Sue Pillans, a graphic recorder for the CSIRO, the visual recording was well-received by all meeting participants as an easier to understand way of capturing the key points from the meeting.

Tropical rock lobster industry member, Phil Hughes said that the graphic recording was so different and changed the whole tone and mood of the meeting.

“Everyone was engaged and people who usually don’t contribute were happy to add their voice,” Mr Hughes said.

“The visual interpretation made things clearer and helped people keep up with and understand the issues being discussed so they could think about their responses.

“As someone who generally doesn’t read the minutes of a meeting, I’m looking forward to using the posters as a memory prompt as these issues are discussed in the future.”

Torres Strait Regional Authority Portfolio Member, Kenny Bedford said that Community fisher reps who participated in the workshop could use these visual records as a way of helping to stimulate discussion and communicate information in their respective communities.

AFMA’s Torres Strait Manager, Selina Stoute said that ensuring that AFMA had effective communication with our stakeholders was an important part of fisheries management in the Torres Strait.

“AFMA will continue to work with the community on the effective ways for them to receive information, and importantly have their say on fisheries management concerning them,” Ms Stoute said.

The meeting was held on Thursday Island, Queensland to help the fishing industry in the Torres Strait improve their understanding of fisheries science and to work towards gaining industry involvement in research surveys.

The workshop covered a range of topics including the CSIRO tropical rock lobster stock assessment, an introductory presentation on developing harvest control rules for the lobster fishery, opportunities to involve Torres Strait Islanders in lobster research surveys and exploring grow‑out aquaculture opportunities for tropical rock lobster.

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To contact Dr Sue Pillans about Graphic Recording email her at: sue.pillans@internode.on.net