There were 30 participants including university, government and IMOS stakeholders, with research interests spanning microbes to apex predators. After a brief update from the node and facility leaders, Jeff Dambacher (CSIRO), our workshop moderator, provided an informative overview of modelling approaches, allowing the audience to warm up to the topic at hand.
Jeff then asked participants to name their key research questions and identified that many node members are interested in fish production and water quality. This allowed us to explore the key physical drivers of light and nutrient availability in NSW coastal waters (day 1) and then develop a qualitative model to examine the question: “What scale of measurable primary productivity is relevant to sardine populations on the NSW shelf?” (day 2).
Feedback from participants suggested that it was a useful process to hear and contribute to discussions about oceanographic and biological phenomena and conceptualise the links between nutrient enrichment and fisheries. Stay tuned for updates!
NSW IMOS thanks the NSW Research Attraction and Acceleration Program for supporting this ecosystem workshop, SIMS staff for providing technical assistance, and node participants for their interest and engagement. Node leader Martina Doblin would also like to thank Tim Ingleton and Robin Robertson for their leading contributions.