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Steven Purcell
Associate Professor Steven Purcell
BSc(Hons)(JCU), PhD(JCU)
Current Appointment: Associate Professor
Organisational Unit: National Marine Science Centre

Telephone: int +61 2 6659 8124
Mobile: int+ 61 418 856 090
Facsimile: -
Location: Coffs Harbour
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Steve is an Associate Professor within the School of Environment, Science and Engineering through SCU?s National Marine Science Centre at Coffs Harbour. He is a member of the Marine Ecology Research Centre (MERC) at SCU.

Steve's research specialises on aquaculture, fisheries management, fisheries ecology and trade of sea cucumbers in the Indo-Pacific, in partnership with agencies including ACIAR, FAO, and the SPC. He is responsible for developing and leading research projects in fisheries ecology. His current project in Samoa is funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research. The project is documenting the establishment of a new marine gastropod fishery (trochus), and includes the training of villagers in value-adding and an assessment of the socio-economic impacts of the fishery. His responsibilities include supervision of post-graduate students.

Steve?s research spans a range of ecological and biological fields, published in several books, book chapters and over 60 scientific research articles.

Recent books:
Processing sea cucumbers into beche-de-mer: a manual for Pacific Island fishers
Commercially important sea cucumbers of the world
Managing sea cucumber fisheries with an ecosystem approach

Latest journal articles are:
Discriminating catch composition and fishing modes in an artisanal multispecies fishery
Small-scale fishing income and fuel consumption: Fiji?s artisanal sea cucumber fishery
Chinese market prices of beche-de-mer: implications for fisheries and aquaculture
Analysis of optimal habitat for captive-release of the sea cucumber Holothuria scabra
Distribution of economic returns in small-scale fisheries for international markets: a value-chain analysis
Multiple factors affect socioeconomics and wellbeing of artisanal sea cucumber fishers
Trends in small-scale artisanal fishing of sea cucumbers in Oceania
Movement and growth of the coral reef holothuroids Bohadschia argus and Thelenota ananas

Training video:
Processing sea cucumbers: A training DVD for Pacific Island fishers

List of publications and access

Steve is an Associate Editor for the journal Frontiers in Marine Science

Steve areas of expertise are:
> Stock enhancement, restocking and sea ranching
> Sea cucumber ecology, aquaculture and fisheries management
> Small-scale and artisanal fisheries
> Ecology and restocking of tropical topshell (Trochus)
> Tagging methods for marine invertebrates
> Sampling and experimental design
> Reef fish ecology

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