19 July 2018

Each year, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) hosts graduates from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources as part of the 2018 Graduate Development Program.

Learn more about Luke and what he will be working on during his four months at AFMA.

AFMA welcomes Luke, a graduate from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, who is working at AFMA for four months.

Can you tell us about your background?

I grew up in a small city in Queensland called Redcliffe before moving to Brisbane to study environmental management and international relations at the University of Queensland. One of my highlights at university was getting the chance to work with the Queensland Government on how to effectively manage natural resources to gain a balance between social, ecological, and economic interests.

What inspired you to apply for a rotation at AFMA?

I applied for the AFMA rotation because it was a natural extension of my natural resource management studies, and I knew a rotation at AFMA would give me exposure to natural resource management in a real-world setting.

What will you be working on during your rotation?

I will be collating the different management practices used in the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) and Macquarie Island Toothfish fisheries, which will give me a broad understanding of the different issues that can influence management of the Southern Ocean fisheries. This is a clear progression from my undergraduate and postgraduate studies into a professional career dealing with practical problems.

I am really excited about going to the Sub-Antarctic Resource Assessment Group meeting in Hobart at the end of my rotation. At this meeting, I will have the opportunity to see how government decisions are made and present what I have been working on during my rotation. It will be great to integrate the HIMI and Macquarie Island Toothfish fisheries management practices into a living document, which will be updated annually to act as a reference guide for fisheries managers.