Thursday 10 September 2020
6.30 – 8.30 pm

Explore hidden harbour mysteries and the sustainability of Sydney Harbour's sea life in this fascinating Ocean Talk. 

Speakers include former senator John Faulkner, who has a long-standing research interest in Sydney fishing and the fish trade and will speak about his research on fishing practices from colonial times; Emily McDaniel, Wiradjuri curator of Four Thousand Fish, a rich public art program that drew attention to European overfishing, who will speak about Aboriginal women, sustainability and the Warrane artwork; David Booth, Professor of marine ecology at University of Technology Sydney who will explore sustainable fisheries and invasive species. 

Note: Ticket includes light refreshments

Main image: Leatherjacket in an artificial reef in Sydney Harbour. Photograph School of Life Sciences, University of Technology Sydney


Senator John FaulknerJohn Faulkner has a long-standing research interest in Sydney fishing practices and the fish trade from colonial times. 

He is a former Senator and during his 26 years as a member of the Commonwealth Parliament he was Leader of the Opposition in the Senate for 8 years and held numerous Cabinet portfolios. 

He has been instrumental in the establishment of the recently opened Bondi-to-Manly Walk, which he believes will soon become an internationally recognised multi- day urban walk and the world’s best harbour walking experience.


Emily McDanielEmily McDaniel is an independent curator, writer and educator from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri nation in central NSW. In January 2018, she launched the world premiere of Four Thousand Fish, a site-specific, large-scale art project for Sydney Festival. Emily has been conducting extensive research around Indigenous use, occupation and histories of Sydney Harbour and surrounding areas.


David BoothDavid Booth is Professor of Marine Ecology at UTS, and past-President of the Australian Coral Reef Society. He has published over 140 papers in reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, and studies how tropical fish travel down the East Australian current past Sydney. He researches fishes in estuaries around Sydney, the ecology and behaviour of threatened species such as seadragons, black cod and white sharks and the ecology of the deep sea. He is also a strong advocate of sustainable fisheries and marine parks.

Professor Booth is a core member of SEA SERPENT, a research collaboration between the oil and gas industry and independent scientists in the Southeast Asian region. He has a strong record of applying his research to influence government policy, and is active in public communication (numerous media and public lecture appearances annually). He has researched fish recruitment, population dynamics and impacts of pollution in environments including Canadian freshwater lakes, worldwide coral reefs and Australian seagrass systems. He is a prominent researcher on the effects of climate change on marine biota, and recently lead author on a climate change report on temperate fishes. He is a core member of the Ocean Science Council of Australia.

Further speakers will be announced early 2020


Daina FletcherYour host: 
Daina Fletcher - Senior Curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. 




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