Dr David C. Smith is currently Marine Resources and Industries Research Director for the Wealth from Oceans Flagship at CSIRO where he leads research to support the balanced use of marine resources, including sustainable marine industries (fisheries, offshore oil and gas) and biodiversity conservation. He previously worked on assessment of state and Australian Government fisheries; the development of formal harvest strategies and tools for ecosystem-based fisheries management; and the evaluation of indicators for spatial management.
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