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Dr Steven Purcell
BSc(Hons)(JCU), PhD(JCU)
Current Appointment: Senior Lecturer
Organisational Unit: National Marine Science Centre

Telephone: int +687 466808
Facsimile: 02 6651 6580
Mobile: int+ 687 748882
Location: Vallon Dore, New Caledonia
Campus: NMSC, Coffs Harbour

Steve's research specialises on aquaculture, fisheries management, fisheries ecology and trade of sea cucumbers in the Indo-Pacific, in partnership with agencies including ACIAR, FAO, and the SPC. He is responsible for developing and leading research projects in fisheries ecology. His current project, funded by ACIAR, is testing the impacts of helping artisanal fishers in Pacific Islands to improve the postharvest processing of sea cucumbers for export. His responsibilities include supervision of post-graduate students.

Steve’s research spans a range of ecological and biological fields, published in several books, book chapters and over 40 scientific research articles. He is author, co-author or co-editor of the following books:
Advances in sea cucumber aquaculture and management
Sea cucumber fisheries: A manager’s toolbox
Status and management of the sea cucumber fishery of La Grande Terre, New Caledonia
Managing sea cucumber fisheries with an ecosystem approach
Putting into practice an ecosystem approach to managing sea cucumber fisheries
Commercially important sea cucumbers of the world

Latest journal articles are:
Value, market preferences and trade of beche-de-mer from Pacific Island sea cucumbers
The cost of being valuable: predictors of extinction risk in marine invertebrates exploited as luxury seafood
Constraints and solutions to managing Pacific sea cucumber fisheries with an ecosystem approach
Optimisation of mesh enclosures for nursery rearing of juvenile sea cucumbers
Opportunistic exploitation: an overlooked pathway to extinction
Sea cucumber culture, farming and sea ranching in the tropics: progress, problems and opportunities
Sea cucumber fisheries: global analysis of stocks, management measures and drivers of overfishing
Principles and science of stocking marine areas with sea cucumbers

List of publications and access

Steve areas of expertise are:
• Stock enhancement, restocking and sea ranching
• Sea cucumber ecology, aquaculture and fisheries management
• Ecology and restocking of tropical topshell (Trochus)
• Tagging methods for marine invertebrates
• Sampling and experimental design
• Reef fish ecology

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Last Updated: 20/05/2014 08:47:09 PM