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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.  

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    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. 

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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

Research projects

Other research projects
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Wild catch fisheries

National Abalone Diver Exchange Program

While the Australian abalone industry is a highly collaborative fishing sector through industry peak bodies and associations, there is little-to-no …
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Aug 2019

  • Research organisation

    Western Abalone Divers Association (WADA)

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Aquaculture

Evaluation of point of care (POC) tests for White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV)

White Spot Disease (WSD) caused by White Spot Syndrome Virus (WSSV) is a highly contagious disease of decapod crustaceans and …
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    13 Aug 2020

  • Research organisation

    Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness

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Wild catch fisheries

NCCP: assessment of options for utilisation of virus infected carp

Wild carp (Cyprinus carpio) are an invasive species found throughout Australian freshwater systems. The Australian Federal government has developed the …
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    29 Jul 2017

  • Research organisation

    Curtin University

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Wild catch fisheries

Identification of muscle parasite in Yellowtail Kingfish (Seriola lalandi) and Mahi Mahi (Coryphaena hippurus), and determination as to the efficacy of non-invasive screening technology for the purpose of identifying infected fish in a commercial fish processing environment

Yellowtail kingfish (Seriola lalandi) and Mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus) are increasingly important to New South Wales fishers with escalating consumer …
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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    2 Jul 2017

  • Research organisation

    Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (QDAF)

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