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John Keane

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Dr John Keane is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania. His key research fields are in wild fisheries, particularly small pelagic fish and commercial dive fisheries.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDMesoscale Characterisation of the Pelagic Shelf Ecosystem of South-Eastern Australia: Integrated Approach Using Larval Fish Assemblages and OceanographyUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2009
BAppSci Fisheries (1st Class Hons)Population Structure, reproductive Biology and temperature Tolerance of the mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki in Northern TasmaniaAustralian Maritime CollegeAustralia2002

Biography

John completed his undergraduate studies at the Australian Maritime College, winning the Captain Thomas Swanson and Raptis prizes for best performance in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries) degree program. After receiving first class honours he moved to Hobart where he completed his PhD at the University of Tasmania on larval fish assemblages and their links with the East Australian Current. Since graduating he has been working at the University of Tasmania on numerous ARC and FRDC environmental and fisheries research projects.

Research Themes

John's research aligns to the University's research themes of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime and Environment, Resources and Sustainability. His research interests evolve around the science that supports sustainable harvest in wild fisheries. Much of John's work focuses on the small pelagic fishery where his research has underpins stock assessments on Blue Mackerel, Jack Mackerel and Redbait. John has also completed extensive research on the Tasmanian Commercial Dive Fishery. A growth and reproductive biological study on the Periwinkle lead to key management changes to ensure the long term sustainable harvest. Ongoing research into Long-Spined Sea Urchins is aiming to determine the effectiveness of the commercial fishery as a control mechanism of this range-extending species which is threatening the productivity of southeast Australian reef systems.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australian Society for Fish Biology

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Expertise

  • Tasmanian Commercial Dive Fishery
  • Periwinkles
  • Sea Urchins
  • Small Pelagic Fishery
  • Stock Assessment

Awards

  • 2015 - Tasmanian Seafood Industry Awards – Research Development and Extension Award (Winner)
  • 2011 - UTAS Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement

Collaboration

John is currently in collaboration with the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) on two national projects, which are primarily aimed at determining the spawning biomass of small pelagic fishes to enable sustainable management of the commonwealth fishery.

Current projects

Dr Keane is currently working on two FRDC Projects:

  • FRDC 2013/026 - Can commercial harvest of long-spined sea urchins reduce the impact of urchin grazing on abalone and lobster fisheries?
  • FRDC 2014/033 - Egg distribution, reproductive parameters and spawning biomass of blue mackerel, Australian sardine and tailor off the east coast during late winter and early spring.

Fields of Research

  • Aquatic Ecosystem Studies and Stock Assessment (070402)
  • Fisheries Sciences (070499)
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Fisheries Management (070403)
  • Biological Oceanography (040501)
  • Maritime Engineering (091199)
  • Fish Physiology and Genetics (070405)
  • Horticultural Crop Growth and Development (070601)
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (110499)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Phycology (incl. Marine Grasses) (060701)
  • Ecological Impacts of Climate Change (050101)

Research Objectives

  • Wild Caught Fin Fish (excl. Tuna) (830204)
  • Fisheries - Wild Caught (830299)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments (960503)
  • Wild Caught Edible Molluscs (830203)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960802)
  • Effects of Climate Change and Variability on Australia (excl. Social Impacts) (960307)
  • Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water in Marine Environments (961104)
  • Assessment and Evaluation of Curriculum (930301)
  • Wild Caught Crustaceans (excl. Rock Lobster and Prawns) (830202)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management at Regional or Larger Scales (960501)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Ecosystem Adaptation to Climate Change (960305)
  • Nutraceuticals and Functional foods (860105)
  • Wine Grapes (820306)
  • Tobacco (820305)
  • Wild Caught Rock Lobster (830206)

Publications

Total publications

30

Journal Article

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Ward TM, Burnell OW, Ivey A, Sexton SC, Carroll J, et al., 'Spawning biomass of jack mackerel (Trachurus declivis) off eastern Australia: critical knowledge for managing a controversial fishery', Fisheries Research, 179 pp. 10-22. ISSN 0165-7836 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.fishres.2016.02.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Lyle JM

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2015Neira FJ, Perry RA, Burridge CP, Lyle JM, Keane JP, 'Molecular discrimination of shelf-spawned eggs of two co-occurring Trachurus spp. (Carangidae) in southeastern Australia: a key step to future egg-based biomass estimates', ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72, (2) pp. 614-624. ISSN 1054-3139 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsu151 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Neira FJ; Perry RA; Burridge CP; Lyle JM

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2014Abell GCJ, Ross DJ, Keane J, Holmes BH, Robert SS, et al., 'Niche differentiation of ammonia-oxidising archaea (AOA) and bacteria (AOB) in response to paper and pulp mill effluent', Microbial Ecology, 67, (4) pp. 758-768. ISSN 0095-3628 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00248-014-0376-7 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Ross DJ

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2013Abell GCJ, Ross DJ, Keane JP, Oakes JM, Eyre BD, et al., 'Nitrifying and denitrifying microbial communities and their relationship to nutrient fluxes and sediment geochemistry in the Derwent Estuary, Tasmania', Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 70, (1) pp. 63-75. ISSN 0948-3055 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/ame01642 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Ross DJ

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2013Banks JL, Ross DJ, Keough MJ, MacLeod C, Keane JP, et al., 'Influence of a burrowing, metal-tolerant polychaete on benthic metabolism, denitrification and nitrogen regeneration in contaminated estuarine sediments', Marine Pollution Bulletin, 68, (1-2) pp. 30-37. ISSN 0025-326X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2013.01.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Ross DJ; MacLeod C

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2011Abell GCJ, Banks J, Ross DJ, Keane JP, Robert SS, et al., 'Effects of estuarine sediment hypoxia on nitrogen fluxes and ammonia oxidizer gene transcription', FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 75, (1) pp. 111-122. ISSN 1574-6941 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6941.2010.00988.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Ross DJ

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2009Neira FJ, Lyle JM, Keane JP, 'Shelf spawning habitat of Emmelichthys nitidus in south-eastern Australia - Implications and suitability for egg-based biomass estimation', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 81, (4) pp. 521-532. ISSN 0272-7714 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2008.12.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Neira FJ; Lyle JM

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2008Keane JP, Neira FJ, 'Larval fish assemblages along the south-eastern Australian shelf: linking mesoscale non-depth-discriminate structure and water masses', Fisheries Oceanography, 17, (4) pp. 263-280. ISSN 1054-6006 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-249.2008.00478.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Neira FJ

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2008Neira FJ, Keane JP, 'Ichthyoplankton-based spawning dynamics of blue mackerel (Scomber australasicus) in south-eastern Australia: links to the East Australian Current', Fisheries Oceanography, 17, (4) pp. 281-298. ISSN 1054-6006 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2419.2008.00479.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Neira FJ

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2008Neira FJ, Keane JP, Lyle JM, Tracey S, 'Development of eggs and larvae of Emmelichthys nitidus (Percoidei: Emmelichthyidae) in south-eastern Australia, including a temperature-dependent egg incubation model', Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 79, (1) pp. 35 - 44. ISSN 0272-7714 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ecss.2008.03.013 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Neira FJ; Lyle JM; Tracey S

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2004Keane JP, Neira FJ, 'First record of mosquitofish, Gambusia holbrooki, in Tasmania, Australia: stock structure and reproductive biology', New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research 2004, 38, (5) pp. 857-867. ISSN 0028-8330 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00288330.2004.9517285 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Neira FJ

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Conference Publication

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Thompson F, Wilson S, Waterhouse A, Armstrong C, Keane J, et al., 'Empowering undergraduate education through support of student societies', Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education, 8-10 December 2014, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. 1-8. ISBN 978-0-473-30428-7 (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Thompson F; Wilson S; Waterhouse A; Armstrong C; Forrest AL; Symes M

2007Keane JP, Neira FJ, Lyle JM, 'Water mass selectivity by larvae of small pelagic fishes in south-eastern Australian shelf waters: a proxy for key spawning habitats', ASFB abstracts and official program, 11- 15 Sept 2007, Canberra, ACT, pp. 45. (2007) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Neira FJ; Lyle JM

2006Keane JP, Neira FJ, Lyle JM, 'Linking larval fish assemblages with water masses for non-depth discriminate data in shelf waters off south-eastern Australia', ASFB abstracts and official program, 28 Aug - 1 Sept 2006, Hobart, TAS, pp. 79. (2006) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Neira FJ; Lyle JM

2006Keane JP, Neira FJ, Lyle JM, 'Linking larval fish assemblages with water masses from non-depth-discriminate data in shelf waters off south-eastern Australia', Abstracts. Catchments to Coast. Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA 44th Annual Conference and The Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) 27th International Conference, 9-14 July 2006, Cairns, pp. 61. (2006) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Neira FJ; Lyle JM

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Ward TM, Burnell O, Ivey A, Carroll J, Keane J, et al., 'Summer spawning patterns and preliminary daily egg production method survey of jack mackerel and Australian sardine off the East Coast', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and SARDI, ACT, 2013/053 (2015) [Contract Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lyle J

2015Ward TM, Grammer G, Ivey A, Carroll J, Keane J, et al., 'Egg distribution, reproductive parameters and spawning biomass of blue mackerel, Australian sardine and tailor off the east coast during late winter and early spring', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation; South Australian Research and Development Institute, South Australia, 2014/033 (2015) [Contract Report]

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2014Keane JP, Lyle JM, Mundy C, Hartmann K, 'Periwinkle fishery of Tasmania: supporting management and a profitable industry', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Hobart, 2011/024 (2014) [Contract Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lyle JM; Mundy C; Hartmann K

2011Ward TM, Lyle JM, Keane JP, Begg G, Hobsbawn P, et al., 'Commonwealth Small Pelagic Fishery: Status Report 2010', Australian Fisheries Management Authority, F2010/000270-2 (2011) [Contract Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lyle JM; Sakabe R

2008Neira FJ, Lyle JM, Ewing G, Keane JP, Tracey S, 'Evaluation of egg production as a method of estimating spawning biomass of redbait off the east coast of Tasmania', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Project 2004/039 (2008) [Contract Report]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Neira FJ; Lyle JM; Ewing G; Tracey S

Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Keane JP, 'Mesoscale Characterisation of the Pelagic Shelf Ecosystem of South-Eastern Australia: Integrated Approach Using Larval Fish Assemblages and Oceanography' (2009) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Keane JP, Ling SD, 'Roe v weed: urchinomics turns pest to gourmet gold', The Australian, 16 January (2017) [Newspaper Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ling SD

2015Keane J, Lyle J, 'Periwinkle fishery of Tasmania: supporting management and a profitable industry', Fishing Today, DPIPWE, Hobart, TAS, 28, 1 (2015) [Magazine Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lyle J

2015Keane J, Lyle J, 'Periwinkle fishery of Tasmania: supporting management and a profitable industry', Fishing Today - Tasmanian Seafood Industry News, Artemis Publishing Consultants, 28, 1, pp. 24-25. (2015) [Magazine Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lyle J

2015Lyle J, Keane J, Buxton C, Fulton B, Smith T, '5th Tasmanian seafood industry award winners', Fishing Today - Tasmanian Seafood Industry News, Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC) and DPIPWE, Hobart, Tasmania, 28, 4 (2015) [Award]

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Co-authors: Lyle J; Buxton C

2014Keane J, 'Periwinkle potential', FISH Magazine, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, 22, 3, pp. 4-5. (2014) [Magazine Article]

[eCite] [Details]

2013Pecl GT, Barry Y, Brown R, Robinson LME, Gartner EA, et al., 'Finalist for Science Innovation Award', Tasmanian Science Excellence Awards, Tasmanian Government, Tasmania (2013) [Award]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Pecl GT; Barry Y; Brown R; Robinson LME; Gartner EA; Beaumont KL; Pender AJ; Frusher SD; Walsh PH; Hulls J; Stuart-Smith JF

2011Lyle JM, Keane JP, 'A shellfish attitude change', Mercury, Mercury Newspaper, Hobart, Tasmania, 02/12/2011 (2011) [Media Interview]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Lyle JM

2011Pecl GT, Frusher SD, Brodribb FM, Walsh PH, Keane JP, 'Team award for creative partnerships', Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Community Engagement, University of Tasmania (2011) [Award]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Pecl GT; Frusher SD; Brodribb FM; Walsh PH

2008Neira FJ, Lyle JM, Ewing G, Keane JP, Tracey S, 'Evaluation of egg production as a method of estimating spawning biomass of redbait off the east coast of Tasmania', Fishing Today, Artemis Publishing Consultants, Hobart, 21, 5 (2008) [Magazine Article]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Neira FJ; Lyle JM; Ewing G; Tracey S

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$1,020,683

Projects

Shellfish Survey 2017 (2017)$15,000
Description
This project is to provide biomass estimates and the derived TAC recommendations to DPIPWE for the Shellfish fishery. In 2017, there are two stocks to be assessed: one survey will be undertaken for Venerupis clams in the Georges Bay North Zone and one survey one survey will be undertaken for Katelysia clams at Ansons Bay.
Funding
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($15,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Keane JP; Gardner C
Year
2017
Waste to profit in urchin fisheries: developing business opportunities to ensure fishery sustainability and safeguard reef dependant fisheries from destructive urchin grazing (2017 - 2018)$52,102
Description
Increasing the viability of urchin fisheries is particularly important for the range-extending Centrostephanus rodgersii which is threatening the productivity and profitability of the lucrative abalone and rock lobster fishing grounds as far south as the Tasman Peninsula (south-eastern Tasmania).Waste products from urchin fisheries account for over 85% of the harvested biomass, with up to 180 tonnes of sea urchin waste produced annually. Developing saleable by-products from waste will increase the viability and profitability of urchin fisheries by 1) creating new business opportunities 2) reducing waste disposal and transport costs and 3) enabling increased harvest levels temporally (longer seasons), spatially (further from port) and at an increased density. Cost effective control of Centrostephanus is a key priority of the Tasmanian Government as well as the Tasmanian Abalone and Rock Lobster Council. A profitable Centrostephanus fishery is seen as the best way to achieve this. However, profitability in the fishery is currently low given the species lower roe quality. Methods to reduce costs and increase profitability are vital for a prosperous fishery and control of destructive urchin grazing.Initial studies have indicated that urchin gut contain high levels of bioactive molecules with anti-thrombotic activity. Similar activities recently conducted in abalone processing waste have developed separation strategies for anti-thrombotic and anti-coagulant molecules. These methods are being patented by CSIRO and FRDC for future commercial engagement. Preliminary trials indicate that the separation strategies developed for abalone can be extended to urchin processing waste isolating molecules with nutraceutical grade bioactivity. Initial biochemical analyses have also shown that urchin testes contain essential micronutrients deficient in Australian soils providing a basis for the development of agricultural products. Developing business opportunities from the vast quantities of urchin waste is seen as an effective way to increase the viability of urchin fisheries while simultaneously reducing costs associated with urchin waste management and decreasing urchin numbers in valuable abalone and rock lobster fishing grounds.
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($52,102)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Keane JP; Chick R; Swarts ND; Browne K
Period
2017 - 2018
Spawning biomass of Jack Mackerel (Trachurus declivis) between western Tasmania and Kangaroo Island, South Australia: Plankton surveys and egg identification (2016 - 2018)$430,000
Description
Conduct plankton surveys and egg identification in collaboration with SARDI. This is a subcontract of an AFMA grant bySARDI
Funding
Australian Fisheries Management Authority ($430,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
South Australian Research and Development Institute
Research Team
Ward T; Grammer G; Keane JP
Period
2016 - 2018
Egg distribution, reproductive parameters and spawning biomass of blue mackerel, Australian sardine and tailor off the east coast during late winter and early spring (2014)$222,000
Description
Conduct egg surveys to provide biomass estimates of key small pelagic fish species off eastern Australia; confirm egg identification by genetic methods.
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($222,000)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
South Australian Research and Development Institute
Research Team
Keane JP; Lyle JM; Ward T; Andreacchio L; Ivey A; Stewart J
Year
2014
Can Commercial Harvest of Long-Spined Sea Urchins Reduce the Impact of Urchin Grazing on Abalone and Lobster Fisheries (2013 - 2016)$301,581
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($301,581)
Scheme
Grant-Annual Open Call Round
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Mundy CN; Allen Da; Hartmann K; Buxton CD; Gardner C; Keane JP; Ryan Greg
Period
2013 - 2016

Research Supervision

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDExploring Novel Use of Waste from the Invasive Sea Urchin Fishery Using Life Cycle Assessment2016