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Keith Sainsbury

Biography

Dr Keith Sainsbury obtained a Bachelor of Science with Honours (marine ecology and mathematics) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1972, and a Doctorate of Philosophy (population dynamics and marine ecology) from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1977. He joined CSIRO in 1977, retiring from the Organisation in 2006 to become Director of SainSolutions Pty Ltd, a company that provides scientific advice on the sustainable development of marine ecosystems, particularly ecosystem-based fishery management and integrated ecosystem-based management of regional ecosystems.

He is a marine ecologist and mathematical modeller, with a research focus on the assessment, ecology, exploitation and conservation of marine resources and ecosystems. He has directed and conducted research on two main areas:

  • to support ecologically sustainable fisheries practice and management
  • to assess the cumulative impacts of human use on regional marine ecosystems and support regional multiple-use management.

Research interests

His work has included fishery management of resources that range from abalone to tuna and from Sub-Antarctic toothfish to tropical snappers. It has also included support to develop and implement Australia’s Oceans Policy to address integrated oceans management; major research programs to support sustainable coastal zone management on the North West Shelf and Ningaloo Reef regions of Western Australia; and identification of Marine Protected Areas of continental shelf/slope and seamount systems in Australia.

Highlights

Notable activities include:

2008

Provided an expert review for the development of FAO guidelines on the use of ecolabelling for fishery products

2007

Member of the independent panel at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) to provide a model for improved governance by Regional Fisheries Management Organisations

2006

Chair of the scientific panel of the OECD Ministerial Working Group on IUU (illegal, unregulated and unreported) fishing

2005

Member of the panel appointed by the Federal Minister for the Environment to help establish a representative system of Marine Protected Areas in SE Australia

2003

Chair of the FAO expert consultancy that developed guidelines for the ecosystem approach to fisheries management

1995

Invited participant in the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) expert consultancy that provided guidelines for the precautionary approach in fisheries

 

Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the London-based Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and a member of the Council’s Technical Advisory Board. The MSC assesses the sustainability of fishery resources and supplies an Ecolabel to fisheries that pass the MSC standard.

 

Commissioner on the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, the Australian federal fishery regulator, and chairs the AFMA Environment Committee

 

External advisor to the Marine Management Initiative of the US based Moore Foundation

 

Selector for the Marine Fellowship program of the US based Pew Foundation

 

Professor of Marine System Science at the University of Tasmania, Australia

 

Strategic advisor to the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship program on integrated coastal zone research and management

Honours and awards

In 2004, Dr Sainsbury was awarded the Japan Prize for his contribution to understanding and management of shelf ecosystems.

Source

  • Sainsbury KJ, 2008, Personal communication.
Find out more
  • Ocean focus needed for future wealth, seafood, 2004 (Media Release)
  • CSIRO scientist wins highest global award for fisheries research, 2003 (Media Release)