Four grants of approx. $4-5000 were awarded on a competitive to seed Oceanic Cultures and Connections-related interdisciplinary projects within UTAS:
Emma Lee and Jen Evans
“Indigenous Fisheries: Weaving the Research Net”
The seed grant has provided a major input for a report to the Tasmanian Government on recommendations to provide clarity on the state of Indigenous cultural fisheries (Lee 2017). This includes amendments to the current Living Marine Resources Act to remove barriers to full participation and engagement of Indigenous peoples in cultural fisheries and increase educational opportunities, such as postdoctoral research positions. A Workshop will be held in 2018 to further these aims and provide a collaborative and informed environment to develop regional partnerships for future healthy cultural fisheries.
Meredith Nash, Justine Shaw, Mary-Ann Lea, Matt King, Hanne Nielsen and Narissa Bax
“Gender Equity in Antarctic Research.”
This project developed a baseline understanding of the characteristics of women in Australian Antarctic research and their research experiences to inform long-term responses to gendered inequality in the field using an online survey. The first phase of the project used a survey to describe socio-demographic characteristics/experiences of women in Australian Antarctic research. The research team are currently analysing survey data with a view to preparing a peer reviewed publication by early 2018 and aim to present findings with a view to impacting policy.
Emily Ogier, Annalise Rees and Larelle Bossi
“The Night Watch: Old Sea Dogs, New Tricks and Night Fishing.”
Initial research was successfully undertaken for the ‘Night Watch’ project investigating perspectives surrounding contemporary fishing and the fleet based out of Victoria Dock on Hobart’s waterfront. This involved conducting Interviews with users of Victoria Dock including commercial fishermen and the Police. Visual material, text and audio was collected and collated. Interviews were transcribed and the collated material was added to the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council archive. This collected material has been the key source material for the development of a creative installation work incorporating sound, moving image and projection that will be publically presented at Victoria Dock in 2018. The main theme emerging from the research has been the development of technology and its impact upon commercial fishing practices and navigation. There has also been emphasis placed upon practical and embodied knowledge, and its important role when operating within the dynamic and ever changing marine environment. Papers are currently being prepared for publication to accompany the oral history archive and creative material.
Jeff McGee and Jan McDonald
“Hosting the Asia-Pacific Workshop on International Law, Climate Change, Oceans and Coasts”