Australian Antarctic Division biologist Nick Gales was honoured in the prestigious ‘Whitley Awards for significant scientific publication’ in September. Dr Gales was the senior editor of Marine Mammals: Fisheries, Tourism and Management Issues, working alongside Dr Mark Hindell from the Zoology Department at the University of Tasmania and Dr Roger Kirkwood of the Nature Park on Phillip Island in Victoria.
The book explores the sometimes contentious issues that surround Southern Hemisphere fisheries, nature-based tourism and management. It contains valuable information on the interaction between marine mammals and fisheries; the ecological consequences of Southern Ocean harvesting; aquaculture and marine mammals; and the effects of marine-based tourism on whales. It also discusses practical suggestions for the development of ethical guidelines and standards in marine mammal management.