Dr Craig Sanderson

Dr Craig Sanderson is a marine biologist with over 30 years’ experience in managing marine projects mostly in Australia and Europe. He provides scientific consulting services to a wide range of stakeholders, including government bodies, industry, NGOs and community groups. Craig has extensive experience in undertaking surveys of marine flora and fauna for assessment of conservation status and impacts to inshore reef biological systems. He has also been involved in the assessment and management of Tasmania’s fish stocks including the native sea urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma) and abalone populations. His main interest is the biology, ecology and culture of macroalgae or ‘seaweeds’.

Craig’s experience and expertise includes:

  • Habitat mapping of the inshore reef areas of south eastern Tasmania;
  • Coordination of a programme investigating options for managing the invasive urchin Centrostephanus rodgersii;
  • Ecological impact assessments of wastewater discharges and fish farms;
  • Development and implementation of management plans, including environmental, conservation fisheries and marine protected areas;
  • Status assessments of threatened species and communities;
  • Assessment of threatening processes, including marine pests;
  • Culture and commercialization of macroalgae (seaweeds) and;
  • The bioremediation potential of growing seaweeds adjacent to fish farms in north-west Scotland.

Craig is Principal Consultant for SAMEC – Sanderson and Associates Marine Environmental Consultants and is a partner in a business selling edible seaweeds: Tasmania Sea Vegetables.

He has recently co-authored a number of articles including one concerning the role of reverse-fishing to reduce the resilience of an undesirable climate-driven stable state, which was presented at the Australian National Network in Marine Science, and another entitled ‘The Footprint of continental-scale ocean currents on the biogeography of seaweeds’, which was published in PLoS in 2013.