Flora Bush

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Flora Bush

Research Assistant

Room 347 , IMAS Taroona, Fisheries and Aquaculture

+61 3 6226 8217 (phone)

Flora Bush is a Research Assistant at the IMAS Fisheries and Aquaculture research centre, working within the team exploring salmon farming interactions with the environment and society.  She has a particular interest in the different ways of communicating science to the public, government, and industry.


Flora completed her BSc (Hons) in Environmental Geoscience at The University of Edinburgh gaining interest in both terrestrial and marine environments. Her honours project focused on paleo-oceanography, developing a proxy for bottom water temperature. After completing her degree Flora took a position as an Assistant Scientist and subsequently as Scientist in the Water Resources department at the Scottish Environment Protection Authority (SEPA). In this role, Flora’s focus was on hydrogeology however she also worked in hydrology. Her work comprised both monitoring and desk based work.

After her time at SEPA, Flora took a position as an Environmental Report Writer with Gardline, Great Yarmouth (UK), specialising in writing marine environmental statements.

After moving to Tasmania, Flora has worked as a Research Assistant at IMAS, focussing on scientific and report writing within the team exploring salmon interactions with the environment and society.

Career summary



Thesis title



Date of award

BSc (1st Class Hons)

Mg/Ca Composition of benthic foraminifera Miliolacea as a new tool of paleoceanography

The University of Edinburgh



View more on Miss Flora Bush in WARP


Report writing

Literature review

Flora’s focus is in helping to make research outputs around salmon farming and the environment more accessible to the public, industry and government.

Research Themes

Flora’s research areas align to the University’s research themes of Marine, Antarctic and Maritime, Environment and Resources and Sustainability. Her research interests are in improving the sustainability of aquaculture in coastal waters, both from an environmental and social perspective.

Current projects

Salmon aquaculture: emerging environmental issues

Fields of Research

  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment (300502)
  • Environmental management (410404)
  • Environment policy (440704)

Research Objectives

  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna) (100202)
  • Control of pests, diseases and exotic species in marine environments (180503)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems (180201)
  • Environmental policy, legislation and standards (190299)


Total publications


Journal Article

(1 outputs)
2019Bannister J, Sievers M, Bush F, Bloecher N, 'Biofouling in marine aquaculture: a review of recent research and developments', Biofouling, 35, (6) pp. 631-648. ISSN 0892-7014 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/08927014.2019.1640214 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 85Web of Science - 77

Co-authors: Bannister J


Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
2020Ross J, Adams V, Villanueva C, Bush F, 'Pilot Marine Spatial Assessment Tool: Evaluating options for assessing and balancing marine use change within Tasmanian coastal waters using a spatial assessment tool. Pilot Study - South and West of Bruny Island', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, January (2020) [Government or Industry Research]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Ross J; Adams V; Villanueva C

2019MacLeod C, Ross J, Nowak B, Carter C, Gardner C, et al., 'Submission to the Legislative Council Government Administration Committee 'A' Inquiry into Fin Fish Farming in Tasmania', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, November, GAA/FIN 100 (2019) [Report Other]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: MacLeod C; Ross J; Nowak B; Carter C; Gardner C

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Planning for seaweed aquaculture in Tasmania: A preliminary evaluation of biophysical potential and co-location with existing aquaculture (2022 - 2023)$65,000
The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) has identified a need to spatially resolve the potential for the sustainable growth of the emerging seaweed aquaculture industry in Tasmania. This project will address this need by: 1) synthesizing the current state of knowledge on the biophysical requirements and geographic extent of key seaweed species with the most potential for commercialization, 2) pending data availability, conducting a biophysical assessment of the potential for seaweed aquaculture in Tasmanian State waters, and 3) determining the potential for co-location with established aquaculture species, e.g., Atlantic Salmon.
Department of Natural Resources & Environment Tasmania ($65,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Lacharite M; Ross DJ; Strain EMA; Bush FB
2022 - 2023
Statewide Finfish Farming Spatial Planning Project (2020 - 2021)$175,000
This project will help deliver on a recent Government decision to undertake a spatial planning exercise for all of State waters,except for Mercury Passage, that will investigate potential sustainable growth opportunities for finfish aquaculture inTasmania. This work is being done as part of the second review of the Salmon Growth Plan and will inform futureGovernment decisions about finfish aquaculture planning, including potentially leading to a new proposed map of grow andno grow zones
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($175,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ross DJ; Lacharite M; Bush FB; Hartmann K; Adams VM
2020 - 2021
South and West of Bruny Spatial Assessment (2019 - 2020)$200,000
This project will develop and trial a spatial assessment decision support tool focused on marine waters of Tasmania west and south of Bruny Island that will assist future planning and assessment activities for fisheries and aquaculture and related industries in the region. Lessons from this pilot project will inform future marine resource planning processes, including whether a DSS is an appropriate approach for fisheries and aquaculture development in other regions of Tasmania.
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water & Environment ($200,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Ross DJ; Adams VM; Bush FB; Lacharite M
2019 - 2020