The Gamay (Botany Bay) Project: Integrating management with ecosystem ecology to ensure a sustainable future
Gamay (Botany Bay) is currently managed under a range on ongoing efforts, some considering specific sub-sections of the Bay (e.g., Coastal Management Programs and local council activities) and others which consider management issues at much larger scales than just the bay (e.g., NSW and Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Threat and Risk Assessments, the NSW Marine Estate Management Strategy, the Marine Integrated Monitoring Programme and the NSW Catchment Management Plans).
While there has been translation of knowledge amongst these efforts, there is not currently a mechanism which facilitates direct exchange of the needs and information relevant directly to the Bay itself amongst its vast stakeholder group and these diverse management initiatives.
The project aims to engage Gamay stakeholders in a collaborative manner to gain a collective understanding of the Bay and build an ecosystem model which can be used by scientist and managers.
This project is run by CIs Will Figueira, Paul Gribben, Will Glamore, Katie Dafforn and Martina Doblin and is funded by Ian Potter Foundation and SIMS. Danial Khojasteh and Talia Stelling-Wood are post-doctoral researchers on the project.