We have fully funded positions available for two outstanding PhD candidates, who will work towards evaluating the potential of restorative aquaculture to reverse human impacts on coastal marine environments, through the co-culture of seaweed and shellfish within the Moreton Bay marine park. The scholarships align with a FRDC funded project on the economic, environmental and social benefits of aquaculture.
The objectives of the PhD projects are to assess the broader environmental benefits and impacts of restorative aquaculture by assessing:
The benefits and impacts of existing shellfish aquaculture on the surrounding marine ecosystems as a baseline for restorative aquaculture
The ‘spill-over’ benefits of seaweed aquaculture on the surrounding marine ecosystem, including enhancement of fish habitat, water quality improvements and blue carbon.
Economic and environmental trade-offs in the co-culture of shellfish and seaweeds in the design of restorative aquaculture systems