Australian Marine Science Conference Eventranet 2017

Concurrent Session 2: S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs


Chair: Fiona Valesini, Kieryn Kilminster and Chris Hallett
There are few other environments where the concepts of ‘connectivity’ and ‘sustainability’ across natural-societal realms come into sharper focus than in estuaries. These diverse and productive ecosystems provide connective pathways from catchment to coast, and are major nuclei for people given the extensive societal benefits they provide. Seven of the eight Australian capital cities and 22 of the 32 largest cities globally are located on estuaries, which has, however, led to them becoming among the most degraded of all aquatic ecosystems. Resultant threats to food security, safety, livelihoods, culture and diversity provide clear evidence of the tight interdependence between environmental and societal sustainability in these systems. Maintaining or remediating estuarine health is a global challenge, reflecting their complexity, often highly modified states, myriad of uses and users, conflicts over preserving ecological vs economic interests and the need for truly collaborative efforts across research disciplines, stakeholders and institutions. Presentations are invited in the areas of: Understanding trade-offs in estuarine and societal health, estuarine and/or societal health indices, resilience and ‘tipping points, quantifying estuarine ecosystem services, approaches for supporting adaptive management across estuarine-societal systems, and Forecasting system change under future scenarios.
Sponsor of Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs. – Regional Estuaries Initiative

  • Session Details
  • LocationBallroom 1, DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade
  • Session TimeWednesday 5th July 1:30pm to 3:15pm


  • Presentations In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
1:30pm to 1:50pm Ecological responses to flow characteristics in estuaries Sabine Dittmann S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs
1:50pm to 2:10pm Direct and indirect interactions between estuarine habitats and commercially important species of penaeid shrimp Troy Gaston S20: Small-scale commercial marine harvest: challenges and opportunities
2:10pm to 2:30pm Protect or repair: insight into shoreline habitat complexity in Australia's urbanized tropical estuaries Claudia Trave S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs
2:30pm to 2:50pm Is oyster restoration of heavily urbanised estuaries possible? Victoria Cole S2: Sustainable estuaries and societal benefits: linkages, challenges and future trade-offs



  • PEPs In This Session.
Date & Time Title Speaker Theme
2:50pm to 2:55pm The contribution of macroinvertebrates to mudflat functioning: global patterns Navodha Dissanayake PEP Talk
2:55pm to 3:00pm Constructing a food web for key species in a Ramsar-listed estuarine environment Sian Glazier PEP Talk
3:00pm to 3:05pm Understanding seagrass resilience in a changing estuary Marta Sanchez Alarcon PEP Talk
3:05pm to 3:10pm Marine debris: sources, distribution and management implications for an urbanised estuary Jessica Merrett PEP Talk