Ms Lyn Goldsworthy

Visiting Fellow

Lyn’s  particular focus is  Antarctic conservation, global fisheries management,  and in latter years, strengthening  the nexus between science and policy, and between policy and actions on the ground.  She spent more than 20 years employed with international environment non-government organisations, undertaking various roles including science and policy advisor, program manager and development director, before moving to contracting work focused on policy development and  program reviews.  Since 2014, Lyn has been part-time Executive Director  of the Frank Fenner Foundation, which aims to promote a stronger understanding of the relationship between humans and nature.

As ED of FFF,  lyn oversees a team of volunteer students who are interested in applying their studies in a practical sense,   key projects promoting biosensitive urban framework  practices in collaboration with Ginninderry development and the Victorian government, and education programmes designed to engage youth in implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and biosensitive practices.

Lyn has been actively involved at the policy level in Antarctic issues since 1983,  served on the Australian government Antarctic Science Advisory Committee for two periods of 8 years each, on the Antarctic Medals and Names Committee for 3 years, as a senior advisor to the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), and  has rapporteured  inter-government workshops and the ATCM XXXV and CEP XV (Hobart 2012). She has attended many Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings (ATCMs) as the non-government representative on the Australian delegation since 1985, nine of the 12 ATCM minerals negotiations meetings, one meeting of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals (CCAS), and several Commission and Scientific Committee Meetings of the (CCAMLR).  

Lyn is also actively engaged in  issues surrounding sustainable fisheries practices at both United Nations, regional fisheries arrangement level,  and to the Australian government.  She participated in the preparation of the DSCC review of the application of UNGA Resolutions by regional fisheries agreements (preparing 2 RFMO reviews and the CCAMLR review), and have represented non-government organisations on the Australian delegation to the South Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organisation (and during its negotiation) and the South Indian Ocean Fisheries Arrangement.   In 2017 I rapporteured the Scientific Committee and Compliance Committee meetings of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

Lyn was awarded the Order of Australia (Member) for services to conservation and environment in 1991, and the New Zealand Antarctic Conservation Trophy in 1990.




Research interests

Understanding relationship between humans and nature; and development of biosensitve approach  to human activity.

Antarctic conservation, global fisheries management

Nexus between science and policy, and between policy and actions on the ground.  

  • Wenzel, L., Gilbert, N., Goldsworthy, L., Tesar, C., McConnell, M. & Okter, M. 2016. Opposites? Marine Conservation Tools and Experiences in the Changing Arctic and Antarctic. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 26 (Supplement 2), pp 61-84.
  • Gianni, M., Currie, D.E.J., Fuller, S. Schleit, K., Goldsworthy, L., Pike, B., Weeber, B., Owen, S., & Friedman, A. (2016). How much longer will it take? A ten-year review of the implementation of United Nations General Assembly resolutions 61/105, 64/72 and 66/68 on the management of bottom fisheries in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Amsterdam: Deep Sea Conservation Coalition.
  • Goldsworthy, L., Zuur, B. & Lewellyn, G.  (2016). Marine protected areas in the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic region, In Fitzsimons, J. &   Wescott, G. (eds), Big, Bold and Blue: Lessons from Australia’s Marine Protected Areas. Victoria: CSIRO Publishing, pp 416.
  • Goldsworthy, L. 2014.   ‘Toward marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean’, paper presented at IUCN World Parks Congress, Sydney 2014.
  • Goldsworthy, L. 2013, Marine Protected Areas.  In Bergin, A & Jennings, P (eds), Strategic Insights 66 - Cold calculations: Australia's Antarctic challenges. Canberra: Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
  • Goldsworthy, L. 2013.  Marine protected areas across the Southern Ocean? The Strategist. Australian Strategic Policy Institute. 21 May 2013.
  • Goldsworthy, L. 2011, ‘The Madrid Protocol – an NGO Perspective’, paper presented to Symposium to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, Australian Antarctic Division, Kingston, 4 October 2011.
  • Goldsworthy, L., 2009. ‘Achieving a ban on mining in Antarctica’, paper presented to Symposium on Commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Hawke Government Initiative to prevent mining in Antarctica, Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney, 14 December 2009.
  • Goldsworthy, L. & Hemmings, A. (2008). The Antarctic Protected Area Approach.  In Hart, S. (ed), Shared Resources: Issues of Governance. Gland: IUCN. pp.105-128.
  • Goldsworthy, L., Currie, D. & Henderson, C.  2006.  Governance Arrangements to Save the Resources of our Deep Seas for Current and Future Generations, paper presented to Sharing the Fish 06: Allocation issues in fisheries management, Fremantle, Western Australia 27 February–2 March 2006.
  • Goldsworthy, Lyn.  2002. Madrid protocol. what do the critics say? Australian Antarctic Magazine, Issue 3, Autumn, 2002.  Hobart, Australian Antarctic Division.
  • Goldsworthy, L., 2002.  Antarctic, Planet Earth.  Australian Antarctic Magazine, Issue 3: Autumn, 2002. Hobart, Australian Antarctic Division.
  • Dalziell, J. & Goldsworthy, L. 1994.  World Park Antarctica: Does it have a future?  Forum for Applied Research and Public Policy, Vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 71-75.
  • Jardine, K, and Goldsworthy, L., 1994. The carbon bomb: climate change and the fate of the northern boreal forests. Stichting Greenpeace Council, Amsterdam, 1994.
  • Goldsworthy, L., 1991. Antarctica: Keeping on the pressure, Greenpeace Australia News, 2 (2), Autumn, p7.
  • Goldsworthy, L. 1990.  World Park Antarctica: an environmentalist's vision. In Herr, R.A, Hall, H.R & Haward, M.G (eds), Antarctica’s Future: Continuity or Change.  Hobart: AIIA, pp. 90-93.
  • Goldsworthy, L., 1990. ‘Make the Antarctic a World Park?’, IUCN Bulletin, 21 (2), June, pp. 22-3.
  • Goldsworthy, L., 1990. Antarctica: winning a cold war. Greenpeace Australia News, 1(1), July/August/September, p.12.
  • Goldsworthy, L. 1990.  Antarctica: close to World Park, Greenpeace Australia News, 2 (2), October/November/December, p.4.
  • Goldsworthy, L. 1984.  World Park on Ice.  Chain Reaction, 37, April/May, pp. 36.
  • ASOC, 2017. Marine debris: a persistent and emerging threat to Antarctic ecosystems. SC-CAMLR-XXXVI/BG/29, Hobart, 2017.  Authors: Brennan, E. Goldsworthy, L., Christian, C., Johnson, C., Roura, R. and B. Weeber.
  • ASOC, 2017. Enhancing CCAMLR performance. CCAMLR-XXXVI/BG/28, Hobart 2017.  Authors: Vincent, K., Goldsworthy L and C.
  • ASOC, 2015.  Cumulative Impact Assessment. ATCM XXXVIII/IP111. Sofia, June 2015.
  • Lead author: Roura, R. M., with contributions from   J. O'Reilly, and L. Goldsworthy.
  • ASOC,2015. Antarctic Tourism and Protected Areas. ATCM XXXVIII/ IP109.  Sofia, June 2015.
  •  Lead author: Roura, R.M., with contributions from J. O'Reilly and L. Goldsworthy.
  • ASOC, 2015.  The West Antarctic Ice Sheet in the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC): a key threat, a key uncertainty. ATCM XXXVIII/ IP074.  Sofia, June 2015.  Lead author:  O'Reilly, J., with contributions from L. Goldsworthy, P. Pearson, R. Roura and R. Werner.
  • ASOC, 2014, Managing Human Footprint, Protecting Wilderness: A Way Forward, ATCM XXXVII/ IP071 rev.1.  Brasilia, XXXX. Lead authors:  Christian, C. and M. Idiens, with contributions from J. Barnes, L.  Goldsworthy, R. Roura and B. Zuur.
  • ASOC, 2013. Update on CCAMLR’s Performance Review. CCAMLR-XXXII/BG/19, Hobart 2013.  Authors: Goldsworthy, L.  and C. Christian.
  • ASOC 2013. Key Principles in Designating Marine Protected Areas and Marine Reserves. CCAMLR-XXXII/BG/16. Hobart 2013. Authors: Nicol, R., Goldsworthy, L. and C. Christian.
  • ASOC 2013. The Concept of Representativeness in MPA Design. CCAMLR-XXXII/BG/14. Authors: Nicol, R., Goldsworthy, L. and C. Christian. Available at
  • UNEP & ASOC, 2012.  Review of the Implementation of the Madrid Protocol: Annual report by Parties (Article 17).   ATCM-XXXV/IP059 Hobart 2012. Lead Authors: Lambrecht, C.,   Goldsworthy, L.  and R. Roura.
  • ASOC, 2012. Data Sources for Mapping the Human Footprint in Antarctic, ATCM-XXXV/IP 52, Hobart 2012. Authors: Tin, T., Barnes, J., Christian, C., Goldsworthy, L., Roura, R. and L. Smith.
  • ASOC, 2012.  Annex V Inviolate and Reference Areas:  Current Management Practices. ATCM-XXXV/IP 49. Hobart 2012. Authors: Tin, T., Barnes J., Barrett, J., Christian, C., Goldsworthy, L. and R. Roura.
  • ASOC, 2008. Area Protection: time for Action. XXXI ATCM/IP057. Ukraine, June 2008. Lead authors:  Goldsworthy, L. and A. Hemmings.
  • ASOC, 2008. Designation of Marine Protected Areas within the Antarctic Treaty Area.  XXXI ATCM/IP119. Ukraine, June 2008. Lead authors: Goldsworthy, L.  and A. Hemmings.
  • Christian, C., Goldsworthy, L., Nicoll, R., Roura, R., Weeber, B., Werner, R, and B. Zuur, 2016.  ASOC Meeting Report on CCAMLR XXXV (17 – 28 October 2016), Hobart, Australia.  ASOC: Washington: December 2016.
  • Christian, C., Goldsworthy, L., Meere, F., Roura, R., Werner, R.  and B. Zuur, 2015. ASOC Meeting Report on CCAMLR XXXIV (19 – 30 October 2015), Hobart, Australia.  ASOC: Washington: December 2015.