Murdoch University is looking for two motivated PhD candidates to join a team working on a Fisheries Research and Development Corporation project entitled “Golden Fish; evaluating and optimising the biological, social and economic returns of small-scale fisheries”. The project will investigate the social and economic values generated by recreational and commercial fishing for participants and local communities based on case-studies of two iconic estuarine fisheries in Western Australia, i.e. Blue Swimmer Crabs and Black Bream. Benefit-cost analysis will be employed to estimate the potential change in biological, social and economic value that release programs (restocking/stock enhancement) could provide. This project is highly topical given the increasing number of release programs occurring across Australia and lack of information on the social and economic values of fisheries in Western Australia.

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