Whilst much of the research which the Salmon Interactions Team undertakes is based in Tasmania, many of the questions we seek to address have global relevance. Consequently, we collaborate widely both within Tasmania, nationally and around the world. The map below shows the geographical extent of our current collaborations (watch this space we soon hope to be able to show the links to those specific projects).
Our key science collaborations within Tasmania are primarily with other researchers at the University of Tasmania and with Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), although we also work on occasions with scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division, independent science consultants and state government scientists. We are lucky to have so many marine science experts in Tasmania.
We also have many ongoing national collaborations particularly through initiatives like the Blue Economy Co-operative Research Centre. Internationally, we have long established working relationships with researchers in the key salmon producing countries worldwide e.g. Scotland, Norway, Canada and Chile, and in recent years have formed a close working relationships with researchers at the Cawthron Institute in New Zealand.
It is very important to us that our research is relevant and can be used to inform management decisions or to improve management practices. As a result, we work closely with managers in industry and in government within Tasmania (particularly Department for Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania and the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority) to not only inform how the research questions are framed, but to provide appropriate context and support data, and most importantly to help translate the research findings into actions and improvements. This ensures that our research always relates to real world situations.
The last, and one of our most important areas of collaboration, is with the community. Whilst we have always been keen to engage with and share our research with the public, as our involvement in societal interactions increases this is becoming an increasingly important part of our actual research focus.