Australian fisheries to receive boost for research

December 17, 2013

More than $6 million will be invested in research projects to ensure Australian fisheries continue to be global leaders in science and management.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, Senator Richard Colbeck, announced the funding of $6.5 million which will support 25 new research projects managed by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).

"The Coalition is committed to ensuring the continued sustainability of Australian fisheries," Senator Colbeck said.

"This investment will help expand our knowledge and ensure our fisheries management practices continue to improve, our fisheries continue to be sustainable and our reputation as a global leader remains."

"The research projects will include looking at innovative approaches to better age crabs and lobsters and developing a rapid molecular identification technique to identify eggs and methods to use them for estimating the biomass of a particular species."

The investment will fund 25 projects for 2014 including the second volume of the

Status of key Australian Fish Stocks Reports which be expanded to include more species.

"The Status of Key Australian Fish Stocks Reports provide a consistent national reporting framework for major species in Australia. They provide a high level of transparency and consistency in stock status reporting across jurisdictions," Senator Colbeck said.

Two projects were also funded under the FRDC Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram which will look at development of approaches and molecular tests for detection of important endemic and exotic pathogens.

Other projects funded include:

  • Fishery status reports: health-check for Australian fisheries
  • Development of guidelines for quality assurance of Australian fisheries research and science information
  • Developing a fishery independent estimate of biomass for snapper
  • Improving Indigenous Australian access to and involvement in the management and use of Australia's fisheries resources

A full list of the projects to receive funding for 2014 is attached.

FRDC is funded by the Australian Government with contributions from the fishing and aquaculture industry.

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