Keynote Speakers

The Organising Committee is pleased to announce the following confirmed keynote speakers:

Keynote Speakers

Patricia Briones-Fourzán

Patricia Briones-Fourzán is senior researcher and former head of the Reefs Systems Unit, Institute of Marine Sciences and Limnology, National Autonomous University of Mexico. Together with colleagues and students she has published over 100 papers on the biology and ecology of crustaceans, especially spiny lobsters, in topics such as effects of habitat enhancement on lobster populations; reproductive, feeding, disease, behavioral, and chemical ecology, as well as larval and postlarval ecology. One of her main goals is to increase insight into the complex relationships of spiny lobsters with their habitats and surrounding biological communities, and their potential responses to anthropogenic stressors.

Dr Rick Fletcher

 Obtained an Honours Degree from the University of Melbourne in 1980 and a PhD from the University of Sydney in 1984 where he identified the important interactions between sea urchins, algae and other invertebrates.  Since then he has had 35 years’ experience in research, policy and management development on fisheries and aquatic management issues in the South Pacific, Australia and globally.

Over the past two decades he has led a number of collaborative national and international initiatives that led to the practical adoption of Ecologically Sustainable Development and Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management principles into Australian fisheries.  The risk assessment methods pioneered through this program were initially used to assist the 2001 MSC processes for the western rock lobster fishery, have subsequently been refined to cover the full spectrum of ecological, social, economic and governance risk issues at both the individual fishery level and at the regional/resource level.

Based on this work he has regularly worked with international agencies including the UN’s FAO to develop of methods to assist world-wide adoption of their EAF (ecosystem approach to fisheries).  This includes development of FAO’s web based EAF toolbox and more recently a tracking tool to monitor levels of EAF implementation.  This method has been used to assess the level of adoption of EAF by the fisheries within each of the 8 deep sea areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).

Dr Fletcher is currently Executive Director, Fisheries and Agriculture Resource Management for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development in Western Australia.  This position is responsible for the assessment and management of WA’s extensive aquatic resources and WA’s vast rangeland resources and pastoral activities.

André Punt

André E. Punt is a Professor and the current Director in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences at the University Washington, Seattle, USA. He received his PhD in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Punt has been involved in stock assessment and fisheries management for over 30 years. The research undertaken by Dr. Punt and his research group relates broadly to the development and application of fisheries stock assessment techniques, bioeconomic modelling, and the evaluation of the performance of stock assessment methods and harvest control rules using the Management Strategy Evaluation approach.

Industry Day Speaker

Jean Lavallée

Dr. Lavallée holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Montréal (Canada), and an MSc in aquatic species epidemiology with a focus on lobster health from the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada). He also completed a veterinary residency in aquaculture health management, at the University of Prince Edward Island.

Jean has over 20 years of experience in the field of lobster health and quality and he is one of very few veterinarians with a postgraduate degree in lobster health in North America. He has worked for more than 12 years as a Clinical Research Scientist for the Atlantic Veterinary College Lobster Science Centre at the University of Prince Edward Island where he was in charge of all field activities. Jean acted as the Executive Director for the Lobster Science Centre in 2011-2012 before founding Aquatic Science & Health Services, a consulting company specializing in veterinary medicine and research with a focus on best practices, outreach and project management related to the North American lobster industry. Since 2017, Jean has been working with the Canadian Council on Animal Care, a non-profit organisation responsible to ensure Canadian institutions working with animals in science have all the necessary safeguards and best practices to maximize animal welfare.