DPI Fisheries, a branch of NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI), is aware of the diverse range of research that is being done each year by university post-graduate students, and encourages the communication of the results of this work to assist the management of fisheries resources and aquatic habitats in NSW.
DPI offers the John Holliday Student Conservation Award to encourage post-graduate students to share their research findings on topics of interest to the Department. The winning entrant will receive a cash award of $3,000. The Award is named in honour of the late Dr John Holliday, a former Senior Conservation Manager who pioneered the Department’s involvement in aquaculture and fish conservation issues.
The award is open to post-graduate students who were enrolled at an Australian University during the year of Award and who undertook fisheries-orientated research work in NSW. To be considered, the applicant must have completed, or be completing, research/studies relevant to the Award Program (see eligibility) and administered through an Australian University.
The judging panel for the Award program consists of the Director Fisheries Research, Director Aquatic Environment and a representative from a NSW conservation group. The panel assesses the applications and recommends a winner to the Deputy Director General DPI Fisheries
Applications for the 2019 Award must be submitted by 25 July 2019.
For further information on the John Holliday Student Conservation Award please contact:
Ph: (02) 4916 3848
- The award is open to post-graduate students who were enrolled at an Australian University during the year of Award and who undertook fisheries-orientated research work in NSW. To be considered, the applicant must have completed, or be completing, research/studies relevant to the Award Program (see below) and administered through an Australian University.
- Selection criteria
- Research areas relevant to the Award Program
- identifying habitats that contribute most to the survival, growth and productivity of native fish species in NSW,
- determining the status of fish habitats in NSW and identifying the processes limiting their extent or threatening their ongoing value,
- mapping and assessing the biodiversity of fish populations and/or their habitats in NSW to understand their distribution,
- assessing the threats to listed threatened fish species, populations and communities in NSW as well as protected and key endemic species,
- improving our understanding of the biology and habitat requirements of threatened native fish species in NSW,
- researching the causes and impacts of non-indigenous aquatic species or exotic aquatic diseases in NSW and assessing risks from new pest incursions or disease outbreaks,
- examining the impacts of water use and water pollution on fish and/or fish habitats in NSW,
- evaluating the impacts of man-made structures (e.g. dams, weirs, bridges, causeways, culverts, pontoons, jetties, river stabilisation works, floodgates, drains, canal estates etc.) on species diversity, fish passage and/or fish habitats in NSW.
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