Solomon Islands-based diving enthusiast David Power loves turtles and wants to save them for future generations to enjoy, but overfishing, illegal fishing and bycatch are pushing fish stocks to the limit. In this talk, the fisheries manager offers some practical solutions to managing ocean fishing stocks and explains how small Pacific nations are fighting back against giant pirate operations and countries with huge populations.
David is a fisheries manager coming from a background studying marine science and economics. He worked with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in Canberra for seven years and managed the demersal longline and gillnet fisheries in southeast Australia. While managing fisheries with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, David lead the implementation of new management measures that reduced bycatch, increased responsible fishing practices and returned the fishery to profitability. David is now working with the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency supporting the Pacific Island nations and territories sustainably manage their tuna fisheries.
David is passionate about the challenges in natural resource management and balancing the increasing human demands on resources with maintaining healthy ecosystems. In his spare time David is an avid SCUBA diver and enjoys underwater photography and exploring the wrecks and reefs of the Pacific.