Dr Renae Tobin is a social science Research Fellow with the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture and the School of Earth and Environmental Science at JCU. Working primarily in a research only role, she has worked with Queensland fishers and fisheries and marine park managers through social science research for more than 10 years, making the transition from marine ecology to social science during her PhD.

Her research has been primarily stakeholder driven and therefore diverse, ranging from exploring conflict between fishing sectors, investigating attitudes and perceptions of fishers and consumers to fisheries and their management, documenting effects of management change on industry, developing socio-economic indicators, investigating potential for co-management in regional areas, and exploring the adaptive capacity of industry to change.

Dr Tobin works collaboratively within and outside of JCU, and supervises post-grad students with an interest in social science and natural resource management.


  • Fisheries
  • Social science
  • Adaptive capacity
  • Social and Economic Indicators and Monitoring
  • Stakeholder driven research
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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 48+ research outputs authored by Dr Renae Tobin from 2005 onwards.

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Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Research & Development Funding - Research Grant

Beyond GVP: The value of inshore commercial fisheries to fishers and consumers in regional communities on Queensland's east coast

Indicative Funding
$55,640 over 2 years (administered by CSIRO Canberra)
GVP is recognised as a 'nonsensical' measure of commercial fishing value. However, there is little information about the real value that inshore commercial fisheries provide to communities, or the relative value of local seafood for consumers. Without knowing this, decisions regarding management of, and access to, resources are likely to be ill-informed. Real value information can be used to ensure appropriate access of fishers and consumers to fisheries resources better assess the economic impacts of other coastal activities that negatively affect fishing, or better inform reallocation processes where necessary. This project aims to fill these information gaps for coastal Queensland.
Renae Tobin and Sean Pascoe in collaboration with James Innes and Eric Perez (College of Science & Engineering, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation and Queensland Seafood Industry Association)
Economic Value; Queensland; Seafood; Commercial Fisheries; GVP; Choice Modeling

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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • The role of anthropomorphised flagship species in motivating community involvement in wildlife conservation. (PhD , Secondary Advisor)
  • From People to Reefs: Marine Debris and Plastic Pollution in North Queensland (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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