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SEMINAR: Judi Lowe – Dive tourism and its impact on integrated coastal management and livelihoods for artisanal fishers.

Abstract: Dive tourism is cited for its capacity to contribute to integrated coastal management (ICM) and livelihoods for artisanal fishers. Many assume that livelihoods from dive tourism will give an incentive to fishers to reduce overfishing. The spectrum of positive and negative impacts of dive tourism on ICM is poorly understood. Impacts will be identified and categorised using White et al’s (2005) framework for sustainable ICM. Dive tourism’s contributions to livelihoods will be identified using Scoones (1998) modified sustainable livelihoods framework. Recognition of traditional marine tenure will be examined for its effect on the provision of livelihoods by dive tourism. Factors for success in terms of dive tourism’s optimal impact on ICM and livelihoods will be identified and examined for their ability to be replicated.

Judi LoweWhere: James Cook University Building 19 (Kevin Stark Research Building) Room #106 (upstairs), JCU, Townsville.
When: Friday 14th of November 2014; 12:00 to 13:00 hrs.

Biography: As a Lawyer and an Accountant, Judi has focused on finance, fisheries management and compliance, marine environment and maritime issues from commercial, legislative, policy and international law perspectives. Judi has held executive roles with Australia’s largest fishing company and the Australian Government. On leave, Judi has built the capacity of artisanal fishing communities to develop marine tourism in AusAID programs in South-East Asia and the Pacific. In tandem with her professional career, Judi has been a dive instructor for more than 20 years on the Great Barrier Reef and in less developed countries and holds a commercial Coxswain’s ticket and is a seasoned dive tourist. Judi’s particular interests are the conservation of coral reef resources, development in the coastal less developed countries of the tropics and the role of dive tourism in achieving balance.

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