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Wild catch fisheries
Research project

Resolving the biological stock structure of southern ocean crab fisheries

A good understanding of fish stocks is essential to ensure sustainable harvest and reduce risks of overfishing, but this information is lacking for Australian giant crab and giant spider crab fisheries. This project aims to identify key stocks of the crabs and their dispersal pathways across southern Australia, and provide a set of management recommendations that will promote more informed and sustainable fisheries.

Wild catch fisheries
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    28 Feb 2022

  • Research organisation

    Deakin University

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Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Aquaculture technology Fisheries technology
Research project

Development of a guideline to investigate and understand disease outbreaks of unknown cause

Aquaculture in Australia is growing at around 6% per annum, but new and emerging diseases are a substantial threat to aquatic animal production and aquatic environments, especially as they can affect both wild and farmed populations. It can be challenging to prioritise the need to learn about a new disease and the need to contain or eradicate it, but general principles and approaches apply, and this project is developing a guideline to understand disease outbreaks of unknown cause.

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Aquaculture technology Fisheries technology
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Jan 2022

  • Research organisation

    Agriculture Victoria

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Wild catch fisheries
Fisheries technology
Research project

Review of regulation and policy, guiding use of artificial reefs and Fish Aggregating Devices (FAD) in Australian waters

Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) and artificial reefs are floating and stationary structures in the ocean that attract fish and are used to enhance fisheries. There are concerns that deployment may have negatively impacted operations of some commercial fisheries. This project aims to identify current regulatory and policy frameworks in all Australian jurisdictions that guide or impact the deployment and use of FADs and artificial reefs, investigate current and projected use of the devices, and develop a best practice guide for the planning, sighting and deployment of the structures.

Wild catch fisheries
Fisheries technology
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Jan 2022

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Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Input management
Research project

Maintaining cultural practices and building knowledge and capacity to support sustainable fishing of the Gynburra on Narungga Sea Country

This study by Narungga people of the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia sought to improve understanding of the fishery biology and ecology of the culturally significant Gynburra species, also known as Butterfish or Strongfish. The project aims to build the Narungga people's capacity and knowledge to support sustainable fishing of the Gynburra on Narungga Sea Country and extend the findings to the broader community.

Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Animal technology Input management
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    19 Jan 2022

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Wild catch fisheries
Research project

An investigation of recreational fishing peak bodies in Western Australia, Victoria and Northern Territory to identify insights into models of success

The Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing Inc. (TARFish) has identified that its current operating model is not sustainable. Through this project TARfish will investigate three successful models of recreational fishing peak bodies - RecFishWest (Western Australia), VRFish (Victoria) and Amateur Fisherman's Association of the Nothern Territory (Northern Territory) - to learn about success factors, risks, and the pathways for future growth planned by each group that will ensure its own survival.

Wild catch fisheries
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    16 Jan 2022

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Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Research project

Designing the integration of extension into research projects: Tangible pathways to enhance adoption and impact

Researchers are experts in their field, but are not necessarily skilled in encouraging producers and growers to adopt their findings. This project seeks to best understand how to ensure that an adoption pathway is incorporated into the design and delivery of research projects. As a key outcome, researchers and extension officers will be actively engaged in the design of a theory of change to inform the pathways to adoption and impact.

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    9 Jan 2022

  • Research organisation

    Hort Innovation

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Wild catch fisheries
Fisheries technology
Research project

Wider investigation of the use of video survey techniques to determine commercial scallop abundance in inshore and offshore waters, closed areas and juvenile beds

Commercial scallop is fished by dredging in three jurisdictions, with Tasmania (TSF) and Victoria currently classified as depleted. The third …

Wild catch fisheries
Fisheries technology
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Dec 2021

  • Research organisation

    University of Tasmania (UTAS)

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Multiple industries
Aquaculture Beef cattle Cotton Dairy Eggs Fruits Nuts Other rural industries Sheep & lamb Vegetables Wild catch fisheries Wine
Multiple technology areas
Input management Plant science
Research project

Designing the integration of extension into research projects

This project will work with researchers, extension officers, growers and farmers to develop an RD&E process which provides …

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Beef cattle Cotton Dairy Eggs Fruits Nuts Other rural industries Sheep & lamb Vegetables Wild catch fisheries Wine
Multiple technology areas
Input management Plant science
  • Led by

    Hort Innovation

  • Start date

    24 Dec 2021

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Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
E-commerce & market platforms Processing & packaging Traceability
Research project

Impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian Seafood Industry: Extending the assessment to prepare for uncertain futures

In March 2021 the FRDC published an initial rapid assessment of the impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian seafood industry from January - June 2020, that considered direct and indirect effects of disruption to seafood production, supply chains and markets during the initial period of the pandemic, and the availability of data to support rapid assessment. This project aims to produce a more comprehensive follow-up Impact Assessment Report, that will inform the development of a guideline to assess the economic and social effects of large-scale, multi-level risks to fisheries and aquaculture in the future.

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
E-commerce & market platforms Processing & packaging Traceability
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    20 Dec 2021

  • Research organisation

    Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

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Wild catch fisheries
Crop protection
Research project

Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG) R&D Needs Workshop

Abalone Viral Ganglioneuritis (AVG) disease is caused by a herpesvirus and was first detected in Victoria in December 2005. Since May 2021, cases of AVG in Victoria have been confirmed as far east as Cape Otway and as far west as the Discovery Bay Marine Park. This review will support those involved in the outbreak and urgently seek solutions through researching current biosecurity protocols, options for surveillance and diagnostic tools to aid rapid detection, to future proof the industry.

Wild catch fisheries
Crop protection
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Oct 2021

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Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Fisheries technology Traceability
Research project

Digital transformation of the WRL industry to help resolve challenges and leverage opportunities to grow GVP and maintain competitiveness

Fishers in the valuable Western Rock Lobster (WRL) fishery, off the southern coast of Western Australia, face a complex operating environment with multiple layers of compliance, often administered by different entities. This project will research options for resource co-management and improved control of compliance and operational costs; investigate traceability systems to track catch to plate; and increase sustainability through precision fishing backed by robust data analytics platforms, to provide members with greater financial and operational certainty.

Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Fisheries technology Traceability
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    14 Oct 2021

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Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Fisheries technology
Research project

Development of an Indigenous Engagement Strategy for fishing interests with a focus on Commonwealth fisheries

This project seeks to develop a strategy for effective engagement between Indigenous fishing interests and management agencies responsible for Commonwealth fisheries, to meet new requirements under the Commonwealth fisheries resource sharing framework. The strategy will also be relevant in other state and territory jurisdictions.

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Fisheries technology
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    30 Sep 2021

  • Research organisation

    University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

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Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Crop protection Fisheries technology
Research project

Can novel seismic survey sources mitigate potential impacts to fisheries?

This project aims to alleviate tensions between the fishing industry and proponents of 3D Marine Seismic Surveys (MSS), used by the petroleum industry to locate potential oil and gas deposits. It will test new seismic sources or ways of using current sources to mitigate potential impacts on marine animals, by assessing their impact on the commercial scallop and the southern rock lobster.

Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Crop protection Fisheries technology
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    23 Sep 2021

  • Research organisation

    Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

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Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Crop protection Harvest technology
Research project

Shark depredation in Australian fisheries: Understanding the scope of the issue and identify potential mitigation options

Shark depredation, where a shark consumes an animal caught by fishing gear before it can be retrieved to the fishing vessel, has been nationally acknowledged as an issue for all Australian fishing industry stakeholders. This project aims to define the characteristics of the shark species and populations involved, identify the relevant traits of the fisheries, and assess the potential impacts of shark depredation, to determine ways to mitigate and manage this source of mortality.

Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Crop protection Harvest technology
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    29 Aug 2021

  • Research organisation

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

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Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Aquaculture technology Fisheries technology
Research project

A review of fisheries enhancement methods to promote profitability and sustainability in Australian fisheries

This project aims to increase the uptake of fisheries enhancement, the release of fish bred in aquaculture into the ocean to enhance Australian marine fisheries, by consolidating clear comparative data on the costs and benefits of each approach and how they can be most effectively applied in different scenarios. A decision support tool will be developed to enable managers to readily incorporate these approaches with other fishery management considerations.

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Multiple technology areas
Aquaculture technology Fisheries technology
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    22 Aug 2021

  • Research organisation

    Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF)

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Wild catch fisheries
Research project

Development of a Stock Status Report Card for Rays and Sharks

With growing concerns for the status of shark and ray populations world-wide and increasing pressure to ensure Australia’s 320 species …

Wild catch fisheries
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Jul 2021

  • Research organisation

    University of Tasmania (UTAS)

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Wild catch fisheries
Research project

Seventh National Abalone Convention 2019

The ACA is obligated within its IPA to host a convention every three years or so. The primary need is …

Wild catch fisheries
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Jul 2021

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Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
Research project

SafeFish 2021-2025

SafeFish, provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to …

Multiple industries
Aquaculture Wild catch fisheries
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    5 Jul 2021

  • Research organisation

    Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)

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