Australian Antarctic Division scientist, Dr Andrew Constable, has been recognised for 30 years of service to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).

Dr Constable and six international colleagues were presented with awards for 30-plus years of service by the Governor of Tasmania, Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner, AM, at the opening session of CCAMLR’s 34th meeting in Hobart today.

Australian Antarctic Division Director Dr Nick Gales congratulated Dr Constable, a quantitative marine ecologist, saying that his contribution to the delivery of important science to CCAMLR continues to be significant.

Dr Constable has used his scientific knowledge to assist in ecosystem-based management of fisheries, the conservation of biodiversity and understanding the implications of change in marine ecosystems.

“Andrew has a unique position within CCAMLR, being closely involved with science from its origins in the Southern Ocean through the Scientific Committee and its working groups and finally into the conservation measures that the Commission adopts to conserve Antarctic marine living resources,” Dr Gales said.

“Over the past 30 years CCAMLR has evolved from a fledgling collaborative arrangement to an established and highly respected international organisation that is a leader in modern conservation and fisheries management.

“While much has changed, Andrew’s passion for CCAMLR and his desire to see the underpinning philosophy of the Convention succeed has been a constant.”

Australian delegation member Dr Denzil Miller was acknowledged for 25 years of participation in the work of CCAMLR. Dr Miller was previously a member of the South African delegation, was employed as the CCAMLR Executive Secretary and is a current member of the Australian delegation as the State and Territory Government representative.