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Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is a co-funded partnership between its two stakeholders, the Australian Government and the fishing and aquaculture sectors.

FRDC’s role is to plan and invest in fisheries research, development and extension (RD&E) activities in Australia. This includes providing leadership and coordination of the monitoring, evaluating and reporting on RD&E activities, facilitating dissemination, extension and commercialisation. The FRDC achieves this through coordinating government and industry investment, including stakeholders to establish and address RD&E priorities. In addition the FRDC monitors and evaluates the adoption of RD&E to inform future decisions.

FRDC has a significant responsibility in ensuring, on behalf of the Australian Government, that research is undertaken to assist in the management of the fisheries and aquaculture resource for ongoing sustainability. This means that a significant proportion of funding is directed at research that has a benefit for the three sectors of the fishing industry: commercial (wild catch and aquaculture), recreational and indigenous and also delivers a public good benefit to the Australian community.

Seaweed

Ocean farmed seaweed harvests underway

This year marks Australia’s first harvests of commercial-grade, farmed ocean seaweeds – the first in September, the second in November. Both harvests, in Tasmania, have occurred under the auspices of the Seaweed Solutions Cooperative Research Centres Project (CRC-P), funded through the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources.  

  • Led by
    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
Prawns

Prawn fishery counts its natural capital

Natural capital accounting can help fisheries businesses assess the risks and opportunities associated with the ecosystem assets they rely on. 

 

A new study is looking at the prawn-producing habitat in the estuary – made up of saltmarsh, seagrasses and mangroves – with a view to understanding how this natural capital supports the fishery’s productivity and to value its contribution through the use of natural capital accounting.

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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
Fisheries

Sound analysis expands its reach

An extension of the acoustic network around the Australian coastline is set to provide new information about tagged fish and other marine species, helping to improve fisheries management.

 

Dotted around Australia’s extensive coastline are hundreds of acoustic marine receivers – listening stations that form part of a national network, tracking the progress of tagged marine animals as they travel to feed, breed and play.

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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
Fisheries

Tuna story to inspire new generation of fishers

The remarkable story behind the recovery of Southern Bluefin Tuna from an endangered species to a globally sustainable fishery is told in a recently released Australian documentary. 

 

The combined efforts of Australian science, industry innovation and community education have been showcased in the documentary Life on the line − The story of the Southern Bluefin Tuna, which tells the story of how these highly prized, temperate ocean dwellers were brought back from the brink of commercial extinction.

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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
Sea Urchin

Multi pronged strategy targets invasive urchins

A coalition of research, government and industry partners is working to bring invasive sea urchins under control in Tasmania, with a mix of biological and market solutions. 

 

The Shortspined Sea Urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma) occurs naturally in Tasmanian waters and exists in harmony with the local ecosystem. However, the Longspined Sea Urchin is an unwelcome visitor, and a badly behaved one at that.  

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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
Oysters

Breeding efforts enhance production for Sydney Rock Oysters

Greater control over breeding processes is producing faster-growing, fatter and more resilient Sydney Rock Oysters, helping the native species gain ground in the marketplace. 

 

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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)
Oysters

Environmental updates in a heartbeat

Real-time reports from sentinel oysters could provide an early warning of changing water conditions. 

Investigator Ashfaqur Rahman, who leads CSIRO’s data analytics team at Data61, explains that as the environment changes, the behaviour of animals – including oysters – changes in response. 

  • Led by
    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

Commercial opportunities

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Wild catch fisheries

Electronic platforms to increase safety at sea for commercial fishing fleets

Opportunity for

  • Solution providers, innovators, research providers and policy makers to build upon outputs of research outlined in this opportunity to improve maritime safety
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking solutions, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
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Wild catch fisheries

Minimising plastic in the western rock lobster industry

Opportunity for

  • Solution providers, innovators, research providers and policy makers that can reduce plastic use in the Australian western rock lobster industry, including by building upon outputs of research outlined in this opportunity.
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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking solutions, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.
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Aquaculture

Validation and implementation of rapid test kits for detection of OsHV-1

Opportunity for

  • Solution providers, innovators, research providers and policy makers to build on outputs of research for validation and implementation of rapid test kits for detection of OsHV-1
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking solutions

  • Readiness
    Mid (TRL 5-7)
    Proof of concept in the laboratory then in the field resulting in the development of a minimum viable product (MVP).
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Aquaculture

Practical technologies for Perfluoroalkyl (PFA) remediation in marine fish hatcheries

Opportunity for

  • Solution providers, innovators, research providers and policy makers to build on outputs of research into practical technologies for Perfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) remediation in marine fish hatcheries
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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Seeking solutions, Seeking partners

  • Readiness
    Early (TRL 1-4)
    Describes the challenge or opportunity being pursued and undertakes preliminary R&D to determine if the concept is feasible.

Research projects

Other research projects
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Multiple industries

People development program: Aquatic animal health training scheme - Dr Susan Kueh

Lack of easy access to fish health veterinary services is limiting the expansion of aquaculture in Western Australia. This project will fund a Principal Investigator to complete an intensive aquatic animal health fellowship program at the The Australian College of Veterinary Scientists to benefit the fisheries industry.
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    28 Aug 2011

  • Research organisation

    Murdoch University

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Multiple industries

Oysters Australia IPA: Australian edible oyster RD&E investment via Oysters Australia strategic plan 2014-2019

This project, an Industry Partnership Agreement (IPA) between Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and Oysters Australia (OA), was instigated to manage project development between and within OA's member states and co-ordinate access to the most suitable funding sources for RD&E goals. During the life of the four-year project, 33 oyster R&D projects to the value of $10.1 million were conducted, with the IPA involved in all but three projects.
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    30 Jun 2015

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Aquaculture

Understanding flesh colour variation in Atlantic salmon: Molecular mechanisms and genetic effect

This project made critical findings on flesh colour variation in Atlantic Salmon in Tasmania. The investigation into the correlation of colour variation with high seawater temperature delivered new insights into thermal tolerance and genetics in Atlantic salmon, and their performance in a context of climate change and global warming.
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 May 2015

  • Research organisation

    University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)

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Multiple industries

Australian Rural Leadership Program Courses 24, 25 and 26

This project invested in Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) courses to develop leaders for the fishing industry who are capable of meeting unique and complex challenges at all levels of industry and across all sectors.
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    15 Jun 2016

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Wild catch fisheries

ACPF IPA: Australian wild caught prawn sector RD&E management and communication

This project enables the Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries Ltd (ACPF) to co-ordinate, commission and extend its RD&E investments to shore up its promotional strategy, build on its outstanding sustainability score card and achieve stronger social licence.
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    30 Mar 2016

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Multiple industries

National People Development: Membership of PIEFA to support and encourage the teaching and learning in Australian schools of information related to the Australian Fishing Industry

This project supported Fisheries Research and Development Corporation's (FRDC) membership of the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA), a not for profit organisation that aims to engage and inform students, teachers and the broader community about the role and importance of primary industries in the Australian economy, environment and wider community, and the career opportunities available within the food and fibre supply chain.
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    30 Jun 2016

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Multiple industries

Innovation in the seafood sector and the development of capacity

This project funded Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) allowed participation in a boot camp and innovation accelerator workshops with pioneering Australian start-up incubator and consultancy, Pollenizer, to develop capacity and encourage innovation in the seafood sector.
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Jan 2017

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Aquaculture

Transitioning cobia aquaculture research and development in Queensland to industry

Cobia is a fin fish with a rapid growth rate and high quality flesh that make it a good candidate for aquaculture. This project sought to seamlessly transition cobia research and development in Australia to a fully vertically integrated industry production model.
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    14 Dec 2019

  • Research organisation

    Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF)

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