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Steve Eayrs, Ph.D.

Biography

Steve is an Australian scientist who began his career as a fisherman in Australia, the Middle East, and S. E. Asia, before moving into research. Prior to joining GMRI, Steve worked at the Australian Maritime College, during which time he played a key role in the development of selective fishing gears in a variety of fisheries in Australia, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Steve joined the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in January 2007 to lead efforts to develop environmentally-friendly fishing gear, working collaboratively with fishermen and other stakeholders. In 2017 he returned to Australia to set up his own company, Smart Fishing Consulting. In this capacity Steve is leading a national online modular safety training program for Australian commercial fishers as well as working with the FAO to reduce bycatch in tropical shrimp trawl fisheries in Latin America. Steve is also an adjunct scientist at GMRI.

Primary Research Interests

Steve is an Australian scientist who began his career as a fisherman in Australia, the Middle East, and S. E. Asia, before moving into research. Prior to joining GMRI, Steve worked at the Australian Maritime College, during which time he played a key role in the development of selective fishing gears in a variety of fisheries in Australia, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Steve joined the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) in January 2007 to lead efforts to develop environmentally-friendly fishing gear, working collaboratively with fishermen and other stakeholders. In 2017 he returned to Australia to set up his own company, Smart Fishing Consulting. In this capacity Steve is leading a national online modular safety training program for Australian commercial fishers as well as working with the FAO to reduce bycatch in tropical shrimp trawl fisheries in Latin America. Steve is also an adjunct scientist at GMRI.

Education

  • PhD, Natural Resources and Environmental Studies, University of New Hampshire
  • Master of Philosophy (Fisheries), Australian Maritime College
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Fisheries Technology), Australian Maritime College

Service to Science & Community

  • Member - ICES-FAO Fishing Technology and Fish Behavior Working Group