Cassandra has worked as a marine fisheries and conservation scientist in shark fisheries, management, and research across government, academia and NGOs over the past 20 years. First delving into the shark world through shark finning issues in the late 1990s, Cassandra has since been involved with Australian shark fisheries sustainability, deep water sharks’ life history (PhD), CITES capacity building for sharks and rays, and efficacy of marine protected areas for shark and ray conservation. More recently, Cassandra contributed to ecological risk assessments of southern Oceans deepwater sharks, risk summaries of all Australian sharks, and developed WWF tools to improve shark management and conservation in developing countries.

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Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA/APSOI) - Contract Research

Ecological Risk Assessment for Deepwater Chondrichthyans

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$10,012 over 1 year
Australia is obliged to fulfil elements of the Southern Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA) Scientific Committee work plan to provide advice o the impacts of fishing on associated species. James Cook University undertook preliminary work to develop an ecological risk assessment (ERA) for deepwater sharks by compiling input values of species productivity attributes from the scientific literature and other sources. The ERA was then progressed at a workshop with SIOFA Contracting Parties. JCU will now provide expert review of SIOFA ecological risk assessment data, outputs and reports and assist with the preparation of a scientific paper for publication.
Colin Simpfendorfer and Cassie Rigby (College of Science & Engineering)
Deepwater Ecology; Shark; Ray Crystal-Structure; Ecological Risk Assessment

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