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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)

Commercial opportunities

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Multiple industries

Fisheries Call for Applications

Opportunity for

  • Solution providers, innovators, research providers and policy makers looking to solve fisheries and aquaculture industry challenges
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    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Opportunity type

    Seeking interest, Research partner, Seeking solutions

  • Express interest by

    11.59pm, 14 February 2022

  • 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

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
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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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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.
  • 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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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
  • 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.

Research projects

Other research projects
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Multiple industries

SeSAFE – Delivering Industry Safety through Electronic Learning

Working in the Australian fishing and aquaculture industries is one of the most hazardous occupations in the country. The goal …
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Mar 2021

  • Research organisation

    Smart Fishing Consulting

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Wild catch fisheries

Western Rock Lobster professional industry development

This project is designed to assist with the professional development of people involved in the Australian western rock lobster industry. …
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    28 Apr 2021

  • Research organisation

    Western Rock Lobster Council Inc (WRLC)

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Wild catch fisheries

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 …
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    31 Jul 2021

  • Research organisation

    Abalone Council Australia Ltd (ACA)

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Multiple industries

An audit of plastic use in the fishing and aquaculture sectors

A major challenge facing the Australian seafood industries is the lack of baseline data to support plastic usage trends. It …
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    12 Feb 2021

  • Research organisation

    Equilibrium OMG Pty Ltd

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Multiple industries

Australian Fisheries and Aquaculture Statistics 2019-2020

This project maintains and improves the data base of production, gross value of production and trade statistics for the Australian …
  • Led by

    Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC)

  • Start date

    17 Jun 2021

  • Research organisation

    Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment

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