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MRAG Opens Asia Pacific Office

by Ellen Hardy
07 August 2008, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - International marine and natural resources consulting group MRAG has opened an Asia Pacific Office, based in Brisbane, Australia.

Originally founded in 1986, MRAG is a global leader in the field of fisheries and aquatic resources consulting.

CEO of MRAG Asia Pacific, Duncan Souter, said the establishment of an office dedicated to the Asia Pacific recognised the importance of maintaining healthy and productive aquatic environments to the people of the Asia Pacific region.

"Fisheries, marine tourism and coastal agriculture are key sources of food and wealth generation in the Asia Pacific region, while healthy aquatic environments play a critical role in providing ecosystem services," Mr Souter said.

"The MRAG group is dedicated to assisting Governments, industry and local communities ensure optimal, sustainable use of fisheries and other aquatic resources through sound, integrated management policies and practices.

"MRAG's core staff of more than 40 full time specialists - including several world renowned leaders in their field - bring a wealth of experience in fisheries, coastal zone management and other natural resource management fields.

"This expertise, combined with that of MRAG's extensive list of expert regional collaborators, means that MRAG Asia Pacific will be able to bring both global experience and local knowledge to aquatic resource challenges in the region."

MRAG Director Prof. Andrew Rosenberg said the opening of a dedicated Asia Pacific office would build on MRAG's strong track record in the region.

"MRAG already has a proud history in the Asia Pacific region, having assisted clients such as the Asian Development Bank and the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency in implementing successful aquatic resource programs. The establishment of a specific regional office allows to us to step up our Asia Pacific focus, providing a dedicated service to clients in the region," Prof. Rosenberg said.

The Asia Pacific Office adds to existing MRAG offices across Europe and North America.

Ellen Hardy