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Jaime McAllister

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Jaime McAllister

Senior Technical Officer (Fisheries)

Room 318 , IMAS Taroona

+61 438 017 332 (phone)

Jaime.McAllister@utas.edu.au

I have over 10 years technical experience specialising in marine and freshwater research. I have held positions at multiple fisheries research and management institutions where I have developed a unique practical skill set and academic interest in a wide range of aquatic ecology topics including fisheries stock assessments, environmental monitoring, habitat conservation, spatial ecology, animal behaviour and movement patterns, and aquaculture.

Biography

Before commencing work with IMAS I worked for the Inland Fisheries Service where I was employed to manage Tasmania’s inland native and recreational fisheries resources, encompassing a wide range of duties that included native species surveys, habitat rehabilitation, pest fish removal, and trout population monitoring and stocking.  I then took up a position at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) with the University of Tasmania, where I worked on a collaborative proect with NSW Fisheries examining the population dynamics of eastern Australian salmon.  I was then awarded a scholarship and was offered a full time PhD candidacy studying school sharks.  Since graduating with my Doctor of Philosophy in August 2015 I have been working across a broad range of projects related to the management of fisheries resources in Tasmania.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Thesis Title UniversityCountryAwarded
PhD Assessing the effectiveness of spatial management strategies for the protection and conservation of coastal shark species University of Tasmania Australia 14/09/2015
BAppSc (1st Class Hons)   Australian Maritime College Australia 2007

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Awards

The Raptis Prize 2006 (Awarded for the best overall performance in Year 3 of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries) degree)

The Captain Thomas Swanson Prize 2006 (Awarded for the best overall performance over three years of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries)/Bachelor of Administration (Marine Resources) degrees)

Current projects

I currently provide technical expertise across a broad range of projects related to the management of fisheries resources and environmental monitoring of aquaculture operations throughout Tasmania.  Notable projects I currently work on include:

Vulnerability of the endangered Maugean Skate population to degraded environmental conditions in Macquarie Harbour – use of acoustic telemetry to investigate the relationship between the physiological behaviours of skate and the dissolved oxygen levels they experience in the harbour.

Real time monitoring of environmental conditions in Macquarie Harbour – deployment of acoustic environmental sensors linked to an iridium network for providing real time, remote environmental conditions throughout the harbour.

Assessing methods for monitoring interactions between reef environments and aquaculture operations – development of tools and techniques for monitoring the interaction between salmon farming and adjacent reef environments.

Fields of Research

  • Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment (300502)
  • Fisheries management (300505)
  • Fisheries sciences (300599)
  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Aquaculture (300501)
  • Fish physiology and genetics (300504)
  • Population ecology (310307)
  • Behavioural ecology (310301)
  • Post-harvest fisheries technologies (incl. transportation) (300506)
  • Zoology (310999)

Research Objectives

  • Wild caught edible molluscs (100304)
  • Fisheries - wild caught (100399)
  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Wild caught tuna (100308)
  • Wild caught fin fish (excl. tuna) (100305)
  • Fisheries - aquaculture (100299)
  • Fisheries - recreational freshwater (100301)
  • Aquaculture fin fish (excl. tuna) (100202)
  • Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition (180505)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Coastal and estuarine systems and management (180299)
  • Wild caught crustaceans (excl. rock lobster and prawns) (100303)

Publications

Total publications

19

Journal Article

(11 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Tracey SR, Hartmann K, McAllister J, Lyle JM, 'Home range, site fidelity and synchronous migrations of three co-occurring, morphologically distinct estuarine fish species', Science of The Total Environment, 713 Article 136629. ISSN 0048-9697 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.136629 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Tracey SR; Hartmann K; Lyle JM

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2019Barnett A, McAllister JD, Semmens J, Abrantes K, Sheaves M, et al., 'Identification of essential habitats: including chimaeras into current shark protected areas', Aquatic Conservation, 29, (6) pp. 865-880. ISSN 1052-7613 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/aqc.3087 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Semmens J; Awruch C

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2019Devloo-Delva F, Maes GE, Hernandez SI, McAllister JD, Gunasekera RM, et al., 'Accounting for kin sampling reveals genetic connectivity in Tasmanian and New Zealand school sharks, Galeorhinus galeus', Ecology and Evolution, 9, (8) pp. 4465-4472. ISSN 2045-7758 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/ece3.5012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

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2019Queiroz N, Humphries NE, Couto A, Vedor M, da Costa I, et al., 'Global spatial risk assessment of sharks under the footprint of fisheries', Nature, 572, (7770) pp. 461-466. ISSN 0028-0836 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1444-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 168Web of Science - 166

Co-authors: Semmens JM; Soler G; Stehfest KM

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2018Ciezarek AG, Osborne OG, Shipley ON, Brooks EJ, Tracey SR, et al., 'Phylotranscriptomic insights into the diversification of endothermic Thunnus tunas', Molecular Biology and Evolution, 36, (1) pp. 84-96. ISSN 0737-4038 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msy198 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Tracey SR

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2017Hughes JM, Stewart J, Lyle JM, McAllister J, Stocks JR, et al., 'Influence of latitudinal variation in environmental gradients and population structure on the demography of a widespread pelagic fish, Arripis trutta (Forster, 1801)', Environmental Biology of Fishes, 100, (2) pp. 121-135. ISSN 0378-1909 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10641-016-0565-y [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Lyle JM

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2017McAllister JD, Barnett A, Lyle JM, Stehfest KM, Semmens JM, 'Examining trends in abundance of an overexploited elasmobranch species in a nursery area closure', Marine and Freshwater Research, 69, (3) pp. 376-384. ISSN 1323-1650 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/MF17130 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Lyle JM; Stehfest KM; Semmens JM

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2017Stehfest KM, Carter CG, McAllister JD, Ross JD, Semmens JM, 'Response of Atlantic salmon Salmo salar to temperature and dissolved oxygen extremes established using animal-borne environmental sensors', Scientific Reports, 7 Article 4545. ISSN 2045-2322 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-04806-2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 71Web of Science - 66

Co-authors: Stehfest KM; Carter CG; Ross JD; Semmens JM

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2016Tracey SR, Hartmann K, Leef M, McAllister J, 'Capture-induced physiological stress and postrelease mortality for southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) from a recreational fishery', Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 73, (10) pp. 1547-1556. ISSN 0706-652X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2015-0516 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Tracey SR; Hartmann K; Leef M

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2015McAllister JD, Barnett A, Lyle JM, Semmens JM, 'Examining the functional role of current area closures used for the conservation of an overexploited and highly mobile fishery species', ICES Journal of Marine Science, 72, (8) pp. 2234-2244. ISSN 1054-3139 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/icesjms/fsv079 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: Barnett A; Lyle JM; Semmens JM

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2013Hughes JM, Stewart J, Lyle JM, McAllister JD, Stocks JR, et al., 'Latitudinal, ontogenetic, and historical shifts in the diet of a carnivorous teleost, Arripis trutta, in a coastal pelagic ecosystem altered by climate change', Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 70, (8) pp. 1209-1230. ISSN 0706-652X (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1139/cjfas-2013-0083 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Lyle JM

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Conference Publication

(5 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Tracey S, Hartmann K, McAllister JD, Leef MJ, 'Capture stress and post-release survival of Southern Bluefin Tuna from recreational fishing', World Recreational Fishing Conference, 16-20 July 2017, Victoria, Canada (2017) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tracey S; Hartmann K; Leef MJ

2015Tracey S, Hartmann K, McAllister JD, Leef MJ, 'Capture stress and post-release survival of Southern Bluefin Tuna from recreational fishing', The Australian Society for Fish Biology Conference, 11-14 October 2015, Sydney (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tracey S; Hartmann K; Leef MJ

2015Tracey S, Lindstrom T, Hartmann K, Hill R, McAllister JD, 'Exploring movement and behaviour of Southern Bluefin Tuna caught and released at coastal areas around southeast Australia', The 66th Tuna Conference, 18-21 May 2015, California, USA (2015) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tracey S; Hartmann K

2014Tracey S, Hartmann K, McAllister JD, 'Exploring movement and behaviour of southern Bluefin tuna caught and released at coastal areas around southeast Australia', The 5th International Bio-Logging Science Symposium, 20-26 September 2014, Strasbourg, France (2014) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Tracey S; Hartmann K

2010McAllister JD, Lyle JM, 'Examining the role Tasmania plays in supporting populations of eastern Australian salmon (Arripis trutta', Program and Abstracts, 12-14 July 2010, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, pp. 93. (2010) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Lyle JM

Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Moreno D, Lyle J, Semmens J, Morash A, Stehfest K, et al., 'Vulnerability of the endangered Maugean Skate population to degraded environmental conditions in Macquarie Harbour', Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Hobart, Tasmania, 2016-068 (2020) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Moreno D; Lyle J; Semmens J; Morash A; Stehfest K; Barrett N

2010Harrington JJ, McAllister J, Semmens JM, 'Assessing the short-term impact of seismic surveys on adult commercial scallops (Pecten fumatus) in Bass Strait', Australian Fisheries Management Authority (2010) [Contract Report]

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Co-authors: Harrington JJ; Semmens JM

Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2021White C, McAllister JD, Johnson OJ, Mundy CN, Ross J, 'Assessment of reef condition in the southern D'Entrecasteaux Channel', Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, March (2021) [Government or Industry Research]

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Co-authors: White C; Johnson OJ; Mundy CN; Ross J

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

11

Total funding

$1,030,267

Projects

Expanding the Commercial Catch length frequency data program across the Tasmanian abalone fishery: Part A - Factory Measuring Boards (2022)$48,390
Description
The principle aim of this project is to expand the IMAS abalone commercial catch length frequency sampling program through the purchase of additional electronic shellfish measuring boards that are distributed to seafood (abalone) processing facilities.
Funding
Tasmanian Abalone Council Ltd ($48,390)
Scheme
Grant-Abalone Industry Development Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McAllister JD; Mundy CN
Year
2022
Expanding the Commercial Catch length frequency data program across the Tasmanian abalone fishery: Part B. Diver Measuring Boards (2022)$39,600
Description
The principle aim of this project is to expand the IMAS abalone commercial catch length frequency sampling program through the purchase of additional electronic shellfish measuring boards that are distributed to commercial abalone fishers.
Funding
Tasmanian Abalone Council Ltd ($39,600)
Scheme
Grant-Abalone Industry Development Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McAllister JD; Mundy CN
Year
2022
Development of a field sampling tool for improving in situ length-based data capture methods for abalone fishery surveys (2022)$40,000
Description
The primary aim of this project is to expand and improve the collection of in situ length frequency data collection across all size classes in the Tasmanian Abalone Fishery through the development of an underwater electronic measuring device.
Funding
Tasmanian Abalone Council Ltd ($40,000)
Scheme
Grant-Abalone Industry Development Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McAllister JD; Forbes LK; Tainsh LW; Dudgeon AJ
Year
2022
Building capacity to infer shell length from abalone meat samples (2022)$31,420
Description
The primary Aim of the project is to update and improve the length-weight relationship model used to determine the minimum meat weight regulation for possession of shucked abalone meats.Objectives:1) Build a single Length/Weight relationship that can be used across size limit zones2) Build capacity for FreeZe Drying capability for the abalone research program at IMAS-Taroona
Funding
Tasmanian Abalone Council Ltd ($31,420)
Scheme
Grant-Abalone Industry Development Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McAllister JD; Colquhoun RE; Dudgeon AJ; Forbes LK
Year
2022
Effect of temperature on abalone condition as a function of season, location and rate of change. (2021 - 2023)$375,476
Description
Stressed animals in poor condition and summer mortality in the eastern Tasmanian abalone fishery appear to be linked to the magnitude of seawater temperature (e.g. summer and marine heat waves (MHWs)), and sudden changes in temperature. This phenomenon also occurs in aquaculture farms throughout Tasmania and Australia and occurs most years in abalone farms worldwide. This project seeks to understand the physiological basis for the observed symptoms (and consequences) of thermal stress, and to identify potential threshold temperatures for northern and southern Tasmanian abalone populations.
Funding
Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania ($375,476)
Scheme
Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McAllister JD; Mundy CN; Nguyen T
Period
2021 - 2023
Towards conservation of the vulnerable Melbourne Skate: Assessing life-history and reproductive behaviour (2021)$2,000
Description
Given that large skate species are more prone to local extinction compared to smaller species, coupled with the already observed population declines, its high susceptibility to fishing pressure, and the lack of biological and ecological information, the large Melbourne skate may be particularly vulnerable to local extinction. As such, this project is important, as it addresses this lack of information to provide a starting point for conservation efforts for this vulnerable species. Specifically, we aim to define the species' (i) life history (age, growth, and reproduction), (ii) distribution and abundance in south-east Australia, (iii) population productivity, (iv) use of inshore protected areas, (v) candidate egg laying and nursery grounds and (vi) extinction risk and make this information available to resource managers.
Funding
Oceania Chondrichthyan Society ($2,000)
Scheme
Grant-Student Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Semmens JM; Moreno DA; Awruch CA; McAllister JD; Woolley BK
Year
2021
Life-history and Reproductive Behaviour of the Vulnerable Melbourne Skate to Inform Fisheries Management and Conservation (2021 - 2022)$13,875
Description
Given that large skate species are more prone to local extinction compared to smaller species, coupled with the already observed population declines, its high susceptibility to fishing pressure, and the lack of biological and ecological information, the large Melbourne skate may be particularly vulnerable to local extinction. As such, this project is important, as it addresses this lack of information to provide a starting point for conservation efforts for this vulnerable species. Specifically, we aim to define the species' (i) life history (age, growth, and reproduction), (ii) distribution and abundance in south-east Australia, (iii) population productivity, (iv) use of inshore protected areas, (v) candidate egg laying and nursery grounds and (vi) extinction risk and make this information available to resource managers.
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($13,875)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Semmens JM; Moreno DA; Awruch CA; McAllister JD
Period
2021 - 2022
Monitoring abalone juvenile abundance following removal of Centrostephanus and translocation (2018)$67,916
Description
Install abalone juvenile collectors at urchin cull control and treatment sites in Eastern Victoria, and conduct a single re-survey
Funding
Fisheries Research & Development Corporation ($67,916)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McAllister JD; Mundy CN
Year
2018
(SMRCA Core) Fishery Assessment: Dive Fisheries (2016)$78,150
Funding
Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania ($78,150)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McAllister JD
Year
2016
(SMRCA Core) Fishery Data: processor sampling (2016)$52,100
Funding
Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania ($52,100)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McAllister JD
Year
2016
(SMRCA Core) Population Biology: Dive Fisheries (2016)$281,340
Funding
Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania ($281,340)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
McAllister JD
Year
2016

Research Supervision

Current

1

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDLife-history and Reproductive Behaviour of the Vulnerable Melbourne Skate to Inform Fisheries Management and Conservation2020