Julian Pepperell - Fishing for the Past

Tuesday 16 October 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 16 October 2018 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6.30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Join Julian Pepperell for the launch of Fishing for the Past.

Less than 24 hours after anchoring the Endeavour in Botany Bay, Captain James Cook did something that every other early mariner did around the Australia coast. He went fishing.

“I went over to a Cove on the North side of the Bay, where, in 3 or 4 Hauls with the Sean, we caught about 300 pounds weight of Fish, which I caused to be equally divided among the Ship’s Company.”

Julian Pepperell draws on his life’s work as a fish biologist and fisheries scientist to tease out the earliest written and visual accounts of fishing around the Australian coast by the first Dutch, English and French explorers.

The book is illustrated throughout with an amazing selection of contemporary paintings and drawings.  These include first drawings and paintings of Australian fish by Europeans and the earliest European depictions of Aboriginal fishing tools and methods.

Dr Julian Pepperell is one of Australia’s best-known marine biologists. He holds a First Class Honours degree in Science and a PhD in ecology (both from Sydney University), and has published numerous scientific and popular articles on marine fishes and related topics. 

For many years, as an independent marine biologist, Julian has been the ‘go-to’ expert on all things marine and ‘fishy’. His most regular radio interviews are with ABC Newcastle and ABC Coast FM on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts. Other stations include ABC Illawarra, Rockhampton and the Kimberley while he has also been an occasional guest on 612 Brisbane and 702 Sydney.

Since beginning his own consultancy, Julian has conducted numerous research projects in partnership with the private and Government sectors on many aspects of sportfish fisheries, with emphasis on billfish, tuna and sharks. He has co-supervised post-graduate students at the Universities of Queensland, Sydney and New South Wales and Charles Sturt and James Cook Universities. 

He sits on several national advisory committees including the Tropical Tuna and Billfish Resource Assessment Group and was a member of the Expert Scientific Panel on Commonwealth Marine Reserves in 2017.

He is a past President of the Australian Society for Fish Biology, recipient of a Conservation Award from the International Game Fish Association. And a Lifetime Achievement Award from the US-based Billfish Foundation.