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Don  Bromhead

Ocean Acidification  

Dr. Don Bromhead is a fisheries scientist (consultant) based in Canberra, ACT, who works predominantly for the Oceanic Fisheries Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), which is based in Noumea, New Caledonia. Since attaining a PhD in 2001, he has worked both in Australia (BRS, 2001-2006) and overseas (OFP-SPC, 2006-2011) as a pelagic fisheries scientist on a broad range of projects. Key research/professional interests include: the potential impacts of ocean acidification upon pelagic ecosystems and fisheries; the impacts of tuna fisheries on tuna and bycatch species populations (e.g. sharks and marlin); understanding interactions between climate, oceanography and pelagic fisheries; and increasing the understanding of fisheries science in Pacific Island Countries. Since returning from New Caledonia in 2011, he has continued to work for SPC on the Pelagic Fisheries Research Program (PFRP) funded project “Ocean acidification impacts upon tropical tuna populations”, a collaboration with the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and scientists from other local and overseas research institutions. That project is focused on investigating the potential effect of ocean acidification upon fertilization processes and early life history stages (eggs and larvae) of yellowfin tuna, and includes a component looking at adaptation potential in this species.

Oceanic Fisheries Programme, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Noumea, New Caledonia
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