Coral Sea Marine Park Advisory Committee

Member 2019-2021

The Coral Sea Marine Park covers 989,836 square kilometres and is one of the world’s largest marine parks. Following implementation of 1 July 2018 after more than a decade of political arm wrestle, the Coral Sea Marine Park increases protection of habitats in the Coral Sea from the Commonwealth Reserves that applied only to Lihou and Herald Surprise Reef, which was implemented in 1992. The new marine park puts a focus on the entirety of uses in this vast area. Ryan was pleased to have been accepted to the Management Advisory Committee for the marine park and will endeavour to ensure all users of this vast area articulate best practice in their sectors and commit to implementing it. Visit the website.

Marine Aquarium Fish and Coral Fisheries Working Group

Member 2018-2020

The Queensland Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2027 aims to overhaul fisheries management in Queensland, including revising and streamlining the Fisheries Act 2004 and the Fisheries Regulation 2008. A key component of the overarching strategy is the formation of Working Groups to develop Harvest Strategies for the fisheries, much in the manner that AFMA does for Commonwealth fisheries. The Working Group features industry practitioners, scientists, managers and compliance officers.
Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership 

Chair 2015-2018

The Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership was formed in support of the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan. Its purpose is to coordinate water quality data that is collected by various industries, academic institutions and government agencies to identify hot spots for priority remediation. The partners include the Queensland government, Regional Councils and a substantial cross section of agricultural industries. These are the people that work at the interface of land management and waterway health and are best placed to make a difference. An annual Report Card is developed that provides a snapshot of water quality in the Wet Tropics region. Other such partnerships are underway in parallel in other regions adjacent the Great Barrier Reef and will provide a means for hastening improvement to water quality in Great Barrier Reef catchments. Visit the website.

Cairns Local Marine Advisory Committee

Chair 2004-2021

The Cairns LMAC is one of 12 such groups in regions adjacent the Great Barrier Reef. Its role is to advise the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority of issues affecting the management of the marine park at the local level. It is not an advocacy group and is comprised of a broad cross section of the community. Ryan's role as Chair is to draw out the viewpoints from participants from all the compass points of the community and to capture the issues, including perceptions of issues, and the manner in which the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority could act upon those issues. Visit the website

Terrain Natural Resource Management Ltd

Director 2009-now

Terrain provides the intellectual resources and strategic direction for natural resource management investment in Australia's Wet Tropics region. It is one of more than 50 such not-for-profit organisations around Australia that works with rural industries and community groups to undertake activities that repair the function of the environment that has been modified for human use over time. It builds a region-wide strategy for this and channels government funds to projects that support the strategy. It is a community galvanising organisation that builds relationships and trust. Ryan is also the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk subcommittee and a member of the Natural Capital Fund subcommittee. Visit the website

Northern Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Inc.

Secretary 2010-now

Northern Aquatic Wildlife Conservation Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation that is dedicated to learning about aquatic wildlife in remote northern Australian environments and extending that knowledge far and wide. The model is based on partnerships that include academic researchers, marine industry, documentary filmmakers, communicators and public aquarium partners. Projects include breeding freshwater turtles with the intent to understand how elevated average temperatures affect population recruitment. Public aquarium partners will be used to establish 'insurance populations' for species that are at risk of extinction.

Cairns Chamber of Commerce

Vice-President 2011-2014

The Cairns Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organisation and is one of the oldest institutions in Cairns. It has functioned as a member based organisation since 1909 and has proudly never sought nor received a dollar from the public purse. It seeks to maximise business-to-business opportunity for its members, which is overwhelmingly comprised of small and micro businesses. Visit the website

Australian Marine Training Network Inc.

Director 2004-2011

The AMTN was a not-for-profit organisation comprising a small group of marine industry practitioners that came together to create a college that trained marine industry aspirants and participants such that full career training could be achieved in Cairns. The long and dedicated campaign was successful and the Great Barrier Reef International Marine College opened its doors in 2011. Visit the website