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Dick Lee has had some forty years experience in marine science, education, training and operations in just about every sector of the fishing/seafood industries.

He has represented industry in every Australian State and at the Commonwealth level, and managed projects in the Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. 



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Australian fisheries management: best in the world?
Friday, 25 October 2013 17:49
The 'Abel Tasman' arriving in Port Lincoln, South Australia

The recent development of fisheries management has been described using the four Ps – perception, perspective, presumption and prejudice. This explanation is particularly applicable to Australia.

Forty years ago the common perception of the Australian fisherman was one of a highly skilled professional with an encyclopaedic knowledge of, and intimate familiarity with, the resource and the marine environment. Managers worked closely with fishermen to collect information and initiate programs and procedures envied and copied around the world.

Over the last thirty years that perception has changed.

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“Britannia waives the rules”
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 11:14

The Royal Navy is proud of its new fleet of Type 45 destroyers. Having initially named the first two ships HMS ‘Daring’ and HMS ‘Dauntless’, the Naming Committee has, after intensive pressure from Brussels, renamed them HMS ‘Cautious’ and HMS ‘Prudence’.

The next five ships are to be named HMS ‘Empathy’, HMS ‘Circumspect’, HMS ‘Nervous’, HMS ‘Timorous’ and HMS ‘Apologist’.

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Fish management in the air!
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 12:53

A fisherman boarded a plane to fly home from a fisheries conference in the Australian capital. A well dressed man with a leather briefcase sat down beside him and the fishermen recognised him as the head of the Fisheries Department in his home State.

“G’day mate, what would you like to discuss on the way home” asked the public servant?

“Dunno”, said the fisherman, “I’m pretty tired after three days of discussions. I would like to have a sleep but what do you suggest?”

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Keep fish as pets to "prevent extinction"
Monday, 18 October 2010 11:43

New research has found breeding threatened native animals as pets could become a lucrative industry that would help prevent their extinction.

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So just why do we have marine parks?
Monday, 16 August 2010 13:50

While travelling in the United States I received an email entitled “No Science Behind Marine Parks?” from John Thorogood, FRC Environmental in Queensland, Australia.

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