Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent Virtual Ocean Talk. If you'd like to rewatch the talk, or if you were unable to make it on the night, here's a recorded version for you to enjoy.


This Virtual Ocean Talk maps a critical framework for exploring sustainability of species in Sydney Harbour in the past and into the future. Leading harbour voices explore the history of colonial to modern fishing in the harbour, present a rich public art program that drew attention to European overfishing, explore sustainable fisheries and invasive species.

Main image: Four Thousand Fish, Sydney Festival 2018. Image courtesy Emily McDaniel



Senator John FaulknerJohn Faulkner has a long-standing research interest in Sydney fishing practices and the fish trade from colonial times. He is a former Senator and during his 26 years as a member of the Commonwealth Parliament, he was Leader of the Opposition in the Senate for 8 years and held numerous Cabinet portfolios. 

He has been instrumental in the establishment of the recently opened Bondi-to-Manly Walk, which he believes will soon become an internationally recognised multi-day urban walk and the world’s best harbour walking experience.


Emily McDanielEmily McDaniel is an independent curator, writer and educator from the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri Nation in central New South Wales. Her practice centres on truth-telling, storytelling and revealing histories through the work of contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists. She consults on curatorship, engagement and interpretation in the public domain, media and the museums and galleries sector. She is the Curator of the City of Sydney’s Harbour Walk, a curated series of stories, public art and interpretation along the nine-kilometre foreshore of Sydney Harbour, as part of the Eora Journey Public Art Strategy and Art Advisor (First Nations Art and Culture) to Lendlease.  In January 2018, she launched the world premiere of Four Thousand Fish, a site-specific, large-scale art project for Sydney Festival.


David BoothDavid Booth is Professor of Marine Ecology at UTS, and past-President of the Australian Coral Reef Society. He has published over 140 papers in reef-fish ecology, climate change and other anthropogenic impacts on fishes and fisheries, in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, and studies how tropical fish travel down the East Australian Current past Sydney. He researches fishes in estuaries around Sydney, the ecology and behaviour of threatened fishes such as seadragons, black cod and white sharks and the ecology of the deep sea. He is also a strong advocate of sustainable fisheries and marine parks.

Professor Booth is a core member of SEA SERPENT, a research collaboration between the oil and gas industry and independent scientists in the Southeast Asian region. He has a strong record of applying his research to influence government policy, and is active in public communication (numerous media and public lecture appearances annually). He has researched fish recruitment, population dynamics and impacts of pollution in environments including Canadian freshwater lakes, worldwide coral reefs and Australian seagrass systems. He is a prominent researcher on the effects of climate change on marine biota, and recently lead author on a climate change report on temperate fishes. He is a core member of the Ocean Science Council of Australia.


Daina FletcherYour host: 
Daina Fletcher - Senior Curator at the Australian National Maritime Museum. 




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