Graduate story: Mibu Fischer

Mibu Fischer

Mibu Fischer
Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

CSIRO has pulled seven of its brightest young scientists out of their labs and enlisted them in a campaign to recruit future thinkers, innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs. Among them is Southern Cross University marine science graduate, Mibu Fischer.

Known as the CSIROseven, the group comes from different research areas of the organisation.

"It's time for our scientists, who are the brightest and best there are, to breakout and really push the importance of the work they do, the effect their work has on all Australians every day, and also the importance of innovation," CSIRO General Manager of Communication, Oona Nielssen said.

Spurred on by a passion for keeping Australia's ocean ecosystem thriving for future generations, Mibu Fischer is researching sustainable marine resources through a variety of techniques both at home in Australia and in the South Pacific. She works in CSIRO's Oceans and Atmosphere team as an ecologist.

"Fishing is an enormous part of Australia's cultural identity and has been for thousands of years," said Mibu, a descendent of the Noonuccal, Ngugi and Gorenpul clans of Quandamooka (Moreton Bay and its southern bay islands, including parts of the adjacent mainland from the Brisbane River down to the Logan River).

"For example, today, one in five Australians say they enjoy fishing for fun. With a rapidly increasing population, especially along our coasts, we need to ensure that all Australians can continue to enjoy the social, health and sporting benefits from our finite marine resources.

"Unlike commercial fishers, recreational fishers don't have to record what they catch, where they fish, and how long they fish for. We have many species of fish in Australian waters that are simultaneously targeted by commercial, recreational and Indigenous fisheries, for example Spanish mackerel, but we have little idea how many are being caught each day recreationally."

Mibu said it was an honour to be selected for CSIROseven.

"CSIRO is a large organisation with so many divisions. There are so many brilliant people here. I didn't realise how big the campaign was going to be.

"For me, CSIROseven was a wonderful opportunity to get to know six other scientists who are each working in different areas of the organisation. It's opened my eyes to possible collaborations in the future that could have an impact."

Mibu started working at CSIRO as an Indigenous Cadet in 2009 while in the second year of her Bachelor of Marine Science and Management at Southern Cross University's Lismore campus.