Dr Jeremy Prince

Dr Jeremy Prince – Fisheries Assessment and Management

Professor Carl Walters of the University of British Columbia, refereeing Dr Jeremy Prince’s doctoral thesis in 1990, 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 theses 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.

Growing up a single minded free-dive spearfishing champion in Western Australia naturally led to a passionate interest in naturally dynamic systems and how humans must find balance in them, so it is unsurprising that Dr Prince has found opportunities in the field of sustainable fisheries.

Through the vehicle of Biospherics P/L, Dr Prince has carved-out a uniquely independent role in the field of Australian fisheries, and an international practice in the assessment and management of subsistence and small-scale and data-poor fisheries.

Dr Prince has been an Adjunct Associate Professor at Murdoch University in Western Australia since 2004.

Called ‘the fisher whisperer’ by Noah Idechong of Palau, Dr Prince speaks the language of fishing communities, and since the early 1980s has found his niche working on the interface between government and fishing communities. Combining the skills of resource modeling and using fisher knowledge, his original research experience in Australia extends across shallow temperate fisheries for rock lobster, shrimp, abalone, sea urchins and sharks, down to deepwater fin-fish including orange roughy and gemfish, and north into the tropical pearl culture and tuna fisheries and traditional hunting for dugong in Torres Strait.

Dr Prince’s doctoral studies established his international reputation by providing an early case study on how established stock assessment methodologies fail spatially complex and small-scale resources. This left him with a lifetime passion for the issue, and lead in 2010 to the development of a breakthrough methodology for assessing small-scale and data-poor fisheries.

Since 2010, Dr Prince has been working internationally, developing and applying the new technique and providing training and mentoring for a wide range of NGO and government partners in Chile, Fiji, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka and the United States of America.

Download Dr Jeremy Prince’s CV (last updated June 2017)