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Keith Sainsbury


SainSolutions Pty Ltd

Institute of Marine and Antarctic Science
University of Tasmania

Ph.D., University of Canterbury
New Zealand
Population Dynamics and Marine Ecology, 1977

Research Expertise

Modeling Of Marine Population And Ecosystem Dynamics
Human Impacts On The Oceans
Management Strategy Evaluation
Spatial Zoning




Dr. Keith Sainsbury is a marine ecologist and mathematical modeller, with a research focus on the assessment, ecology, exploitation and conservation of marine resources and ecosystems. His work has included fishery management on a variety of species including abalone, tuna, Sub-Antarctic toothfish, and tropical snappers. His work has supported the development and implementation of Australia’s Oceans Policy, which addresses integrated ocean management, research programs to support sustainable coastal zone management in Western Australia, and identification of marine protected areas for continental shelf/slope and seamount systems. He is the Director of SainSolutions Pty Ltd, which provides scientific advice for marine resource management, and he is Professor of Marine System Science at the University of Tasmania, Australia.

Dr. Sainsbury has been an invited participant of numerous prestigious working groups, including ones convened by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) to develop precautionary and ecosystem approaches to fisheries management. Dr Sainsbury is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and a member of MSC’s Technical Advisory Board. He is also a Fisheries Commissioner on the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, and strategic advisor to the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans Flagship program on integrated coastal zone management. In 2004, Dr Sainsbury was awarded the Japan Prize for his contribution to understanding and management of shelf ecosystems.


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Recent Selected Publcations

Sainsbury, K.J. 2008. Best practice reference points for Australian Fisheries. Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Canberra, Australia. 156pp.

Sainsbury, K.J. 2008. Review of guidelines for ecolabelling of fish and products from capture fisheries, and recommended minimum substantive requirements. Report for the FAO Expert Consultation on Ecolabelling Guidelines. 85pp.

McDonald A.D., L.R. Little, R. Gray, E. Fulton, K.J. Sainsbury, V.D. Lyne. 2008. An agent-based modelling approach to evaluation of multiple-use management strategies for coastal marine ecosystems. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation 78: 401–411.

Lodge, M.W, D. Anderson, T. Løbach, G. Munro, K. Sainsbury, and A. Willock. 2007. Recommended Best Practices for Regional Fisheries Management Organizations. Report of an independent panel to develop a model for improved governance by Regional Fisheries Management Organizations. The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House), St James’s Square, London SW1Y 4LE. ISBN: 978 1 86203 188 3.

Fletcher W.J., J. Chesson, K.J. Sainsbury, T.J. Hundloe, M. Fisher. 2005. A flexible and practical framework for reporting on ecologically sustainable development for wild capture fisheries. Fisheries Research 71(2): 175-183.

Pikitch, E.K, C. Santora, E.A. Babcock, A. Bakun, R. Bonfil, D.O. Conover, P. Dayton, P. Doukakis, D. Fluharty, B. Heheman, E.D. Houde, J. Link, P.A. Livingston, M. Mangel, M.K. McAllister, J. Pope, K.J. Sainsbury. 2004. Ecosystem-based fishery management. Science 305: 346-347.

Hilborn, R., K. Stokes, J.-J. Maguire, T. Smith, L.W. Botsford, M. Mangel, J. Orensanz, A. Parma, J. Rice, J. Bell, K.L. Cochrane, S. Garcia, S.J. Hall, G.P. Kirkwood, K. Sainsbury, G. Stefansson, and C. Walters. 2004. When can marine reserves improve fisheries management? Ocean and Coastal Management 47: 197-205.

Sainsbury, K.J. and U.R. Sumalia. 2003. Incorporating ecosystem objectives into management of sustainable marine fisheries, including ‘best practice’ reference points and use of Marine Protected Areas. Pp 343-361 In ‘Responsible Fisheries in the Marine Ecosystem’, M. Sinclair and G. Valdimarsson (eds). CABI Publishing, Oxon, UK.

Sainsbury, K.J., A.E. Punt, and A.D.M. Smith. 2000. Design of operational management strategies for achieving fishery ecosystem objectives. ICES J. Mar. Sci. 57: 731-741.

Bianchi,G., H. Gislason, K. Graham, L. Hill, X. Jin, K. Koranteng, S. Manickchand-Heileman, I. Paya, K. Sainsbury, F. Sanchez, and K. Zwanenburg. 2000. Impact of fishing on size composition and diversity of demersal fish communities. ICES J. Mar. Sci. 57: 558-571.

Smith, A.D.M., K.J. Sainsbury, and R. Stevens. 1999. Development and evaluation of management procedures for Australian fisheries. ICES J. Mar Sci. 56: 967-979.

Sainsbury, K.J., R.A. Campbell, R. Lindholm, and A.W. Whitelaw. 1997. Experimental management of an Australian multispecies trawl fishery: examining the possibility of trawl induced habitat modification. Pp 107-112 in E. L. Pikitch, D. D. Huppert and M. P. Sissenwine, eds. Global Trends: Fisheries Management. American Fisheries Society Symposium 20, Bethesda, Maryland.

Sainsbury, K.J. 1991. Application of an experimental approach to management of a tropical multispecies fishery with highly uncertain dynamics. ICES Marine Science Symposia 193: 301-320.