Dr Ashley Williams is a Senior Fisheries Scientist in the Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community in Noumea, New Caledonia. Dr Williams is also an Adjunct Principal Research Fellow in the School of Earth and Environmnetal Sciences at James Cook University. Dr Williams completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies at James Cook University.

Dr Williams has focussed his research on the synthesis and application of fisheries data and fish population dynamics to improve assessments of exploited fish stocks and to evaluate the relative performance of alternate fisheries management strategies through formal Management Strategy Evaluation. He has extensive experience across a wide range of fisheries including coral reef fish fisheries, pelagic fisheries such as tunas, and tropical deepwater fisheries.  

The results of his research have been published widely in international journals and have contributed significantly to improving management of state, national and international fisheries. In recognition of his experience in fisheries, Dr Williams has been appointed as the scientific member of fisheries managment advisory committees in Queensland and Torres Strait.

  • 2012 to present - Senior Fisheries Scientist, Oceanic Fisheries Programme, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (Noumea, New Caledonia)
  • 2008 to 2012 - Fisheries Scientist, Oceanic Fisheries Programme, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (Noumea, New Caledonia)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Senior Research Fellow, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2003 to 2006 - Research Fellow, CRC Reef Research Centre, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2003 - Research Officer, CRC Reef Research Centre, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 1995 to 2002 - Fisheries Research Assistant, CRC Reef Research Centre, James Cook University (Townsville)
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