Keynote Speakers

Stan Lui

Meet Stan Lui, one of our fabulous and esteemed Keynote Speakers who will be leading the theme “First Nations Peoples – Interactions with Recreational Fisheries and Opportunities”.

Stan Lui is a Torres Strait Islander from Erub (Darnley Island) in the top eastern Torres Strait, is a graduate of James Cook University and has worked in senior managerial roles with both State and Commonwealth Agencies in Fisheries Management, Aquaculture Development, and Natural Resource Management.

Stan believes that both Indigenous and the recreational fishing sector share a lot of similar values. The experience of fishing and the passing of information through stories, teaching, and the connection to the environment by being in nature is a foundation block for the awareness of how interwoven the marine and land ecosystems are. How we treat the land will ultimately affect the health of the oceans.

The concepts around fisheries management among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people are similar too, just couched in different terms.

When Indigenous communities talk about storylines, this equates to migratory patterns in the equivalent scientific terminology. Management speak, such as biomass limits (BLIMs) and total allowable catches (TACs) have their equivalent in Indigenous practices, learned in childhood. For example, to never take as much as you can, but always leave some behind to regenerate so that there is more to harvest next time.

Beth Nyboer

Meet Beth Nyboer, another brilliant mind and one of our Keynote Speakers who will be leading the theme “Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Measures”.

Beth is a freshwater and conservation scientist who explore how anthropogenic stressors affect freshwater ecosystems and the fish, fisheries, and fishing communities they support. She uses transdisciplinary approaches to integrate community perspectives alongside social, ecological, and environmental data to understand the vulnerability of these systems to environmental change and to find equitable solutions to  social-ecological challenges.

Read more about Beth and her research here: https://elizabethnyboer.weebly.com/