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Professor of Fisheries, Ecosystem Modelling / Research Scientist, University of Tasmania

Reg Watson works as a professor, researcher and analyst to map global fisheries, and their interactions with marine ecosystems. Currently he is professor (Fisheries, Ecosystem Modelling) and Research Scientist at University of Tasmania's specialist Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies. He aims to maintain the essential services that the ocean provides, and as such supports BOTH the seafood industry and the marine conservation movements. “Neither group has a monopoly on the ‘moral high ground’. We need creative solutions to difficult problems that must be addressed now – all expertise and strong collaboration is required”

His collaborations include global studies of marine biodiversity, economics of fishing, and impacts on birds and mammals; and desire to develop better ways to assess the health of exploited marine systems, the impacts of climate change, and the social consequences of mismanagement. More recently he has mapped global fisheries catch since the 1800’s, traced global seafood trade and explored the limitations to ocean production. These collaborations have recently been recognised by a Highly Cited Researcher decadal awards by Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters) for 2017 and 2018 for ecology/environment and fisheries.


  • –present
    Professor of Fisheries and Ecological Modelling, University of Tasmania