Passionately interested in all naturally dynamic systems and how humans must find balance in them, Dr Prince has mainly found his opportunities in the field of sustainable fisheries. Combining the experience of both resource assessment modeler and commercial fisher, Dr Prince has worked across shallow temperate fisheries for rock lobster, shrimp, abalone, sea urchins and sharks, down to deepwater fin-fish including orange roughy and gemfish. His experience extends to tropical pearl culture and tuna fisheries and traditional hunting for dugong in northern Australia.
Working at the interface between government and the fishing industry since the early 1980s he has consulted to government, industry and conservation groups in most of Australia’s more contentious fisheries assessment and management issues.
Dr Prince’s core personal expertise is in the assessment and management of small scale and data-poor fisheries. Dr Prince is internationally recognized for his practical expertise in the fisheries ecology, assessment and management of benthic invertebrates, particularly abalone developed through his doctoral studies.
One of his doctoral referees, Professor Carl Walters of the University of British Columbia, wrote “Over some 20 years as a university faculty member, I have read about 60 doctoral dissertations. I have simply one conclusion: this is one of the best thesis that I have seen, or hope to see, in the field of fisheries ecology. I hope that he will hurry to publish it as a book and I assure you that this book will have a major impact on fisheries thinking around the world.”