Peter Fairweather Death – Dead | Professor Peter Fairweather Obituary – Passed Away

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Professor Peter Fairweather Death – Dead | Obituary – Passed Away

Peter Fairweather Death – Dead: A great loss was made known to InsideEko. As friends and families of the deceased are mourning the passing of their loved and cherished Peter Fairweather.

Having heard about this great loss, the family of this individual is passing through pains, mourning the unexpected passing of their beloved.

This departure was confirmed through social media posts made by Twitter users who pour out tributes, and condolences to the family of the deceased.

Vale Professor Peter Fairweather
I was saddened to hear the news that Professor Peter Fairweather had died. Peter was both a friend and a colleague and someone for whom I had the utmost respect. He and I worked together over many years on numerous projects.

Between us we conceived and wrote the proposal for Marine Innovation SA (MISA) which, after being funded by the South Australian Government, acted as the focus for a decade of marine science programs across the State. In writing the original proposal, Peter and I had a common vision about how to get the Universities, Government and Industry to work together more effectively. Working from our respective roles in Government and Flinders University we got the institutional (not least of all from Rob Lewis) and the political support we needed, laid out the plans and ultimately brought the idea to fruition. Over it’s lifetime MISA attracted over $70 million worth of investment to marine science programs in South Australia and furthered (and in a number of cases kick-started) the careers of many South Australian Marine Scientists.

Peter and I also worked very closely in the development of the South Australian Network of Marine Parks. Over a period of more than 10 years we worked closely, through our roles on the Scientific Working Group for Marine Parks and Marine Planning (SWG), working with the SA Government, industry and the key research providers to support the identification and ultimately the establishment of South Australia’s Marine Parks program. During this time Peter took a secondment to the Department of Environment and he and I (as the then Chair of the SWG) worked on a daily basis, to review the latest work, consider proposals and to provide critical feedback and advice at both the Departmental level and to the Minister. This was no mean feat and culminated (after almost a decade of hard work) in some 43% of the State’s waters being defined as Marine Protected Areas with a management and planning framework of which I will be eternally proud (even though the current Government is doing everything it can to dismantle it).

During this time Peter was also acted as a confidant; he helped me pen the most difficult document of my life when, in the middle phases of the development of the Marine Parks plan, the SWG was asked to sign-off on a proposal that we all felt would not meet the objectives of the Marine Parks Act and thus could not deliver an appropriate level of protection for South Australia’s marine environment. We wrote a letter to the then Minister (Paul Caica) explaining our concerns and achieved, what I consider to be a major concession, in that the plan was heavily revised (some might say completely rewritten). That revision delivered multiple benefits not least of which was that it ensured that we created at least some Sanctuary Areas that were large enough to achieve a real outcome in the conservation and protection of the State’s marine biodiversity.

Peter and I also worked together on the CLLAMM-Ecology program (Coorong Lower Lakes and Murray Mouth). CLLAMM-Ecology was a significant, multi-disciplinary venture, at a time when the millennium drought seemed to threaten the very existence of one of the most important ecological assets of southern Australia (the Coorong). The research through CLLAMM-Ecology delivered critical advice to managers on how to manage the protection of the ecological assets throughout the Coorong but the program also provided a fantastic forum for training another generation of marine and freshwater scientists.

None of these things defined Peter as a person, they in fact only represent a small part of what he achieved in a lifetime as one of Australia’s foremost ecologists, teachers and thinkers. These are simply my reflections on his contributions, not only to marine science as a discipline but also his impact on my life and my career.

Thank you Peter for everything you did, thanks for the fun and for the wise counsel, rest in peace.


Very saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Peter Fairweather, an absolute giant of an intellect and a deeply warm and welcoming teacher.

His contribution to marine science and particularly to work underlying marine parks protections is of benefit to all South Australians. He was one of the first people I met when beginning university.

Thoughts are with his family, colleagues, and the hundreds of students he influenced over many years.

Another great scientist, mentor and friend gone too soon… Peter Fairweather sadly passed away this morning. I had the pleasure of working and supervising students with him and always looked up to his immense knowledge. I will miss him, Vale Peter..

Vale Peter Fairweather. The world just became a darker place, although you have left behind a legacy in the hearts and minds of your students. You inspired my passion in Ecology and became my first mentor in Marine Science. Thank you for believing in me even when I didn’t.

We lost a marine ecology legend today, tragic indeed. A professor that was genuinely enthusiastic about science in every aspect. He helped foster our curiosity for the natural world. It was an honour to be taught by him and join his lab discussions. Vale Peter Fairweather

I spent an extra long time on the rocky intertidal this evening, honouring a life well spent. Vale Peter Fairweather; marine ecologist, environmental scientist, conservation policy specialist, educator, mentor, funny, lovely man. You will be missed by many.

We are still working on getting more details about the death, as a family statement on the death is yet to be released.

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