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Pete Waldie

Coastal Fisheries Scientist, Pacific Division

Brisbane, Australia

Coastal Fisheries Scientist, Pacific Division

Peter Waldie Pete Waldie, a fisheries scientist in TNC's Melanesia program. © Justine E. Hausheer/TNC


Community-based Fisheries Management, Conservation Science, Marine Ecology, Social-ecological System


Justine E. Hausheer


Peter (Pete) Waldie joined The Nature Conservancy’s Pacific Division as a Coastal Fisheries Scientist in 2017. Pete has a strong background in both the ecological and social aspects of coral reef fisheries. He completed his PhD in 2016 with James Cook University, where he investigated the suitability of community-based management in conserving large, threatened, fishery-targeted coral reef fishes. Pete’s PhD research was conducted in New Ireland Province in Papua New Guinea, where he spent many months living in rural communities and working closely with subsistence and artisanal fishers.

In his role as Coastal Fisheries Scientist, Pete supports the Conservancy’s community partners to sustainably manage their fisheries for simultaneous ecological and economic gains. Pete has assisted the Mwanus Endras Tribal Network in Papua New Guinea with establishing a sustainable sea cucumber fishery and exporting their sustainable products to premium markets in Hong Kong. Pete also conducts research investigating patterns of spatial distribution and larval dispersal of fisheries-targeted species.

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