Dr David Harasti, Fisheries NSW - Department of Industry
David Harasti is a Senior Research Scientist in Fisheries NSW who has been working on threatened marine species (sharks, seahorses and fish) and marine protected areas for the past 17 years. His research primarily focuses on the waters of the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park where he has been implementing research since 2008. In 2014 he completed his PhD on the biology, ecology and conservation of the White’s Seahorse Hippocampus whitei which involved hundreds of hours underwater in Port Stephens searching for seahorses.
He has been diving for over 20 years, and in that time he has developed a passion for marine life and underwater photography. He likes to focus on photography of unusual and rare marine species, which has resulted in hundreds of his images being used in various marine identification guides and winning international photography competitions. he has been fortunate enough to dive all around the globe, but he still considers the shore dives in Port Stephens as some of the best dive sites in the world.
Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, Environmental Defence Society, NZ
As Policy Director, Raewyn currently heads EDS’s environmental policy think-tank group. She has over 20 years professional experience in environmental law and policy having worked as a resource management lawyer and policy adviser to business, government and the not-for-profit sector.
For the past decade, Raewyn’s work has focused on landscape protection, coastal development and marine management in New Zealand. She has written numerous papers, research reports and guidance material on these issues. Raewyn has published major books on coastal development (Castles in the Sand: What’s happening to the New Zealand coast?), marine mammal protection (Dolphins of Aotearoa: Living with dolphins in New Zealand - which was shortlisted for the New Zealand Royal Society Science Book Prize) and environmental change in the Hauraki Gulf marine area (The Story of the Hauraki Gulf). She was a member of the collaborative Stakeholder Working Group which successfully prepared the first marine spatial plan in New Zealand for the Hauraki Gulf.
Raewyn was co-winner of the 2013 Resource Management Law Association Publications Award, and recipient of the 2016 Holdaway Award for leadership in and around the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park and the 2017 Wyland Foundation Dive New Zealand Magazine Recognition Award. She is a keen sailor, snorkeller, snowboarder and photographer.