Australian Marine Parks

The Coral Sea Marine Park Advisory Committee promotes the involvement, engagement and collaboration of marine park users, stakeholders and the community in the management of the marine park.

The Committee brings together a wealth of knowledge and expertise across a range of topics relevant to marine park management, including tourism, fishing, sea country, marine transport, science, conservation, governance, communications and engagement.

Committee members will work with Parks Australia staff to shape the management of Australian Marine Parks, providing advice on marine issues at a regional level and strengthening our understanding of park user interests and issues.

This collaborative approach to management is critical to achieving our vision of healthy, resilient and well-managed marine parks that deliver benefits for all Australians.

There will be a minimum of two meetings per year. The next meeting is likely to occur in October, 2019.

Members

Committee Members are appointed for a two year term. The current members are:

Jacqui Doyle

Jacqui Doyle (Chair)

Jacqui is the Director of the Marine Parks Management North section in the Marine Parks Branch at Parks Australia. She oversees management of the North Marine Parks Network which comprises eight marine parks, and the Coral Sea Marine Park.

Jacqui has a background in marine ecology and environmental law. She brings over 15 years’ professional experience working on national environmental policy and program design, review and implementation, particularly in the field of protected area management.

Jacqui also leads the Indigenous engagement program for Australian Marine Parks. Stakeholder engagement, problem solving and strategic thinking are some of Jacqui’s key strengths.

Russ Babcock

Russ Babcock

Russ is an experienced coral reef researcher who currently works at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation as a Senior Principle Research Scientist. He is passionate about the role of marine protected areas in ocean management and has a deep understanding of their sociological, economic and political benefits.

He has previously provided expert advice to the Federal Government through the Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review and currently sits on the National Coral Bleaching Taskforce.

Russ is well published on marine protected area and marine conservation issues and his research experience spans the entire ecosystem, from primary producers to invertebrates, fish and sharks. He has also mapped deep sea benthic habitats and investigated human impacts on coastal ecosystems.

Ryan Donnelly

Ryan Donnelly

Ryan has a strong background in fisheries, business and natural resource management on the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea. He is Chief Financial Officer and head of Strategic Projects at Cairns Marine, the largest marine aquarium supplier in Australia.

Ryan is also the project manager for Pro-vision Reef Inc., a not-for-profit organisation that promotes industry stewardship on the Great Barrier Reef, Deputy Chair of the Wet Tropics Natural Resource Management Group and Chair of the Cairns Local Marine Advisory Committee. He is committed to promoting global best practices in the sustainable use of aquatic resources.

Michelle Grady

Michelle Grady

Michelle is Director of the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Oceans program in Australia, working to conserve and protect marine habitat and species around Australia. Michelle works with community, industry and government to achieve science based and enduring marine conservation measures around the nation which benefit people and nature.

Michelle has worked in the private sector, public sector and the conservation movement including as CEO of the Conservation Council of South Australia during which time she led multilateral campaigns on topics such as climate change, biodiversity conservation and protected areas.

Michelle is passionate about stakeholder involvement in the development and management of marine parks, believing it to be the key to fostering community support and securing long-term benefits.

Larissa Hale

Larissa Hale

Larissa is a Yuku Baja Muliku woman from Cape York. She is the Executive Director of Yuku Baja Muliku Landowner & Reserves Ltd and a Cook Shire Councillor.

With a strong interest in land and sea management, Larissa has previously provided advice to the Bioregional Advisory Panel for the Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review and the planning panel for the Coral Sea Marine Park.

She is currently involved in the Federal Government’s Reef 2050 Project and an ambassador for The Island Voices project. She also runs an indigenous land and sea ranger program at Archer Point, just south of Cooktown.

Col McKenzie

Col McKenzie

Col is an experienced tourism professional with more than 36 years’ experience running diving businesses across South-East Asia and Australia.

He is the long-standing Executive Director of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators and runs a marine tourism consultancy. With more than 2,500 days at sea in the waters off Queensland, Col’s understanding of the region is exceptional.

He has been a member of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Reef Advisory Committee since 2003 and actively works with State Government to improve dive safety in the workplace.

From his experience working in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Col will bring invaluable insights on a range of marine park management issues including permitting, field management, and invasive species control to the advisory committee.

Morgan Pratchett

Morgan Pratchett

Morgan is a well-published environmental scientist who has spent the last 20 years studying coral reef ecology. He is committed to developing practical and effective management solutions for marine ecosystems and has focused much of his research on looking at the impacts of key marine threats.

Morgan is currently a Professor and Research leader at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, based at James Cook University. He is also the Chief Scientist for Queensland’s ongoing review and reform of aquarium fisheries.

Morgan has undertaken research in Australian Marine Parks off Western Australia and New South Wales and currently leads the three year Coral Reef Health project being undertaken in the Coral Sea Marine Park.

Doug Sanderson

Doug Sanderson

Doug has been a passionate recreational fisher since he was a boy and currently takes an active role in supporting the management of Australian seas and waterways. He is President of the Game Fishing Association of Australia, and a member of both the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation and International Game Fishing Association.

At the local level, Doug has been involved in community game fishing clubs and participated in population and movement studies of Black Marlin. Doug currently runs his own game fishing charter vessel and will bring both business experience and national and international recreational fishing expertise to the advisory committee.

Craig Stephen

Craig Stephen

Craig has over 20 years’ dive and tourism industry experience. He is currently the General Manager of Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, a company who operate vessels throughout the Coral Sea Marine Park and previously worked as a live-aboard dive manager in Queensland and Papua New Guinean waters.

Craig draws on his skills and experience to identify and promote new dive experiences for the industry. He also works with Government to inform management programs, including the Protected Areas Program on the Great Barrier Reef and the development of the Coral Sea Marine Park.

Craig has been involved with the Cod Hole and Ribbon Reef Operators Association for over 15 years and is their current President.

Christabel Warren

Christabel Warren

Christabel is a Wuthathi Woman and a Tradition Owner of the Shelbourne and Temple Bay areas of the Cape York Peninsula. Christabel is the Secretary of Grassroots Aboriginal Corporation, which is made up of five Registered Native Title Body Corporates (RNTBCs) from across Cape York, providing support to individuals and groups. She is also the Secretary of the Wuthathi and Bromley Aboriginal Corporations.

Christabel has a deep understanding of sea country and is committed to protecting the biodiversity and cultural values of the surrounding marine waters. This is exemplified through her work as Deputy Chair of the Cape York Regional Protected Areas Committee and her membership of the Cape York Local Marine Advisory Committee, which provides advice to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, and her involvement in the Raine Island Recovery Project.

Clive Wilkinson

Clive Wilkinson

Clive has been diving on the Great Barrier Reef since 1965 and has over 45 years’ experience in tropical marine ecosystems. He gained a Doctorate from the University of Queensland for research on Heron Island and then was a senior scientist at the Australian Institute of Marine Science for 26 years.

Clive previously coordinated the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network for 16 years, and is currently an International Associate with the Reef and Rainforest Research Centre.

Clive has provided extensive advice on coral reef issues, including sustainable development and climate change adaption, to a range of governments and agencies including the United Nations. He was also Chief Technical Advisor for an Australian funded project monitoring and conserving the coastal resources of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Clive will bring a rich global perspective to the advisory committee.

Get in touch

Would you like to know more about the Coral Sea Marine Park Advisory Committee? Are you interested in presenting at a meeting, providing information about a relevant issue, event or project, or contacting a member?

For all these inquiries and more, please email the Committee Secretariat.