Australia's fisheries to benefit from research investment

17 December, 2014

More than $6.5 million will be invested across Australia's fisheries following the announcement of 22 new research projects from the Australian Government's Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).

Senator Richard Colbeck, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Agriculture, today announced the funding and said the investment builds on Australia's credentials as a leader in sustainable and science-based fisheries management.

"Australia has an excellent record when it comes to the sustainability of our fisheries - they are well managed and will continue to be so under this Government's watch. This new round of funding will help ensure we stay at the leading edge."

Key research projects will focus on reducing bycatch and interaction with other marine species and developing more flexible and responsive management approaches. This includes a project by the FRDC Indigenous Reference Group to map livelihood values associated with Indigenous customary fishing.

"We are committed to working effectively with the indigenous fishing community and ensuring their views are understood and heard. Enhancing the interactions between indigenous fisheries and broader fisheries management was a Coalition election commitment," Senator Colbeck said.

Other projects include:

  • Low cost management regimes for sustainable, small low-value fisheries based on coastal inshore species.

  • Maximise yield or minimise risk in the Blacklip Abalone fishery: using biological data to direct abalone harvest strategies.

  • Future Proofing Western Australia's Iconic Marron.

  • Improving Indigenous Australian access to and involvement in the management and use of Australia's fisheries resources.

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

Pro Number

Title

Applicant

2015-302

Social and economic evaluation of NSW coastal aquaculture

University of Technology Sydney

2015-300

Social Science and Economics Research Coordination Program

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

2015-223

Constraining total east coast catch as stock grows - policy/governance research

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

2015-216

Informing inter-jurisdictional snapper management in eastern Australia

Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (QLD)

2015-215

Low cost management regimes for sustainable, small low-value fisheries based on coastal inshore species

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

2015-208

National bycatch reporting

IC Independent Consulting

2015-205

Indigenous Fishing Subprogram: Mapping livelihood values of Indigenous customary fishing

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies

2015-203

Towards consistent standards for Australian fisheries management

CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship

2015-202

Maximising net economic returns from a multispecies fishery

CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship

2015-028

Future proofing Western Australia's iconic Marron (Cherax cainii) Fishery

Ecotone Consulting

2015-026

Understanding recruitment variation (including the collapse) of saucer scallops stocks in Western Australia and assessing the feasibility of assisted recovery measures for improved management in a changing environment

Department of Fisheries Western Australia

2015-025

Patterns of interaction between habitat and oceanographic variables affecting the connectivity and productivity of invertebrate fisheries

Deakin University

2015-024

Managing ecosystem interactions across differing environments: building flexibility and risk assurance into environmental management strategies

University of Tasmania

2015-022

Understanding the movement, behaviour and post-release survival rates of Swordfish to sustainably develop a new large pelagic game fishery off the coast of Tasmania - a pilot study

Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies

2015-021

Application of molecular methods to ageing of Australasian abalone

University of Tasmania

2015-019

Refining a Nordmre grid to minimise the incidental catch of cuttlefish and crabs in the Spencer Gulf Prawn Fishery

South Australian Research and Development Institute

2015-018

Do commercial fishery data reflect stock status in South Australia's Southern Garfish fisheries?

South Australian Research and Development Institute

2015-017

Maximise yield or minimise risk in the blacklip abalone fishery: using biological data to direct harvest strategies

South Australian Research and Development Institute

2015-014

Estimating the impacts of management changes on bycatch reduction and sustainability of high-risk bycatch species in the Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery

Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry (QLD)

2015-006

Research to support the upper slope Dogfish management strategy

CSIRO Oceans & Atmosphere Flagship

2015-003

Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram: Development of standard methods for the production of marine molluscan cell cultures

Department of Primary Industries (NSW)

2015-001

Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram: Bonamiasis in farmed Native Oysters (Ostrea angasi)

Department of Environment and Primary Industries (VIC)

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