Dr Scoresby Shepard AO is a lawyer and researcher with a formidable career spanning more than 50 years.
In the 1960s he became Department of Fisheries and Fauna Conservation expert of biology of Marine Species where he constructed a foundation for a sustainable abalone fishery.
As a researcher Scoresby led expeditions to study abalone populations across the world and was able to identify threats and assist reform in abalone fishing.
And in 1971 he wrote the legislation which became the Fisheries Act.
Scoresby has over 100 publications on ResearchGate, including Abalone of the World and his most recent publication Natural History of the Coorong, Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth Region.
His countless awards and honours include the Officer of the Order of Australia ‘for service to marine science, particularly in the fields of abalone biology and ecology through research, education and international collaboration, and the conservation of coastal areas.’