Please select your home edition
Edition
Bailey Insurance

Funding boost for fisheries

by Media Services on 31 Dec 2013
Fisheries can expect a boost to funding. .. ©
The Australian government has committed to investing $6.5 million 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 which will support 25 new research projects managed by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC). FRDC is funded by the federal government with contributions from the fishing and aquaculture industry.

'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,' Senator Colbeck said.

Senator Colbeck said Australian fisheries were world renowned, not only for high quality produce but also for being among the best managed in the world when it comes to sustainability.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Fishery Status Report 2012 released in October 2013 showed sustained improvement in the health of Australian fisheries.

The reports showed an improvement in terms of biological status: the number of stocks classified as not overfished increased, while the number of stocks classified as overfished and/or subject to overfishing decreased. The number of stocks with an uncertain biomass status also decreased.

Of the 93 stocks assessed in 2012: 77 were classified as not subject to overfishing (77 in 2011), and 63 were classified as not overfished (58 in 2011); of these, 60 were both not subject to overfishing and not overfished (56 in 2011); and 4 were classified as subject to overfishing (6 in 2011), and 9 were classified as overfished (11 in 2011); of these, 2 were both overfished and subject to overfishing (4 in 2011).

The new 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 also fund 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.

More at www.fish.gov.au
Bavaria R40 660x82Make Fast MooringsGAC Pindar

Related Articles

Around Australia record breaker – with Mercury FourStrokes
In the Southern Ocean Mark was often battling eight metre seas – a six metre swell with two metres of chop on top. Mark Ratchford is calling it his ‘huge adventure’ which might be an understatement considering he’s just spent four months on a solo 16,500 km circumnavigation of Australia in a 6.5 metre fishing boat. In the Southern Ocean Mark was often battling eight metre seas – a six metre swell with two metres of chop on top.
Posted today at 6:04 am
Around Australia record breaker – with Mercury FourStrokes
In the Southern Ocean Mark was often battling eight metre seas – a six metre swell with two metres of chop on top. Mark Ratchford is calling it his ‘huge adventure’ which might be an understatement considering he’s just spent four months on a solo 16,500 km circumnavigation of Australia in a 6.5 metre fishing boat. In the Southern Ocean Mark was often battling eight metre seas – a six metre swell with two metres of chop on top.
Posted today at 6:04 am
Lowrance® announces new widescreen Elite-TI Displays
Lowrance® announced addition of a pair of widescreen displays to Elite Ti standalone series of fishfinder/chartplotters. Lowrance®, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the addition of a pair of widescreen displays to the Elite Ti standalone series of fishfinder/chartplotters.
Posted today at 5:00 am
Lowrance® announces new widescreen Elite-TI Displays
Lowrance® announced addition of a pair of widescreen displays to Elite Ti standalone series of fishfinder/chartplotters. Lowrance®, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today the addition of a pair of widescreen displays to the Elite Ti standalone series of fishfinder/chartplotters.
Posted today at 5:00 am
Great Barrier Reef managers and industry prepare for summer
Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop to assess climate-related risks to the Great Barrier Reef over the coming months. Current predictions by the Bureau of Meteorology and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are for a summer of average sea temperatures across the Great Barrier Reef.
Posted on 7 Dec
Great Barrier Reef managers and industry prepare for summer
Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop Marine park managers, scientists and experts recently met for the annual pre-summer workshop to assess climate-related risks to the Great Barrier Reef over the coming months. Current predictions by the Bureau of Meteorology and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are for a summer of average sea temperatures across the Great Barrier Reef.
Posted on 7 Dec
Introducing the Airbnb of the mooring and marina world
Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? makefastmooring.com is aiming to solve this problem by connecting boat owners with those with vacant moorings or berths. With a growing number of moorings and marinas in New Zealand, Australia and around the world, makefastmooring.com allows people to find, rent and share moorings and berths.
Posted on 7 Dec
Introducing the Airbnb of the mooring and marina world
Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? makefastmooring.com is aiming to solve this problem by connecting boat owners with those with vacant moorings or berths. With a growing number of moorings and marinas in New Zealand, Australia and around the world, makefastmooring.com allows people to find, rent and share moorings and berths.
Posted on 7 Dec
Introducing the Airbnb of the mooring and marina world
Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? Have you ever struggled to find an available mooring, or do you have a mooring that is sitting vacant? makefastmooring.com is aiming to solve this problem by connecting boat owners with those with vacant moorings or berths. With a growing number of moorings and marinas in New Zealand, Australia and around the world, makefastmooring.com allows people to find, rent and share moorings and berths.
Posted on 7 Dec
Tasmanian fishing
Offshore, tuna are still around and Bluefin seem to be about in even greater numbers than years past. Coffee coloured freshwater still seems to be the norm around the state’s coastline, making angling difficult for those who have salt in their veins. Offshore, tuna are still around and Bluefin seem to be about in even greater numbers than years past. A charter operator from the South of the state notched up his 1,000th tuna caught recently, so that’s not a bad record for the season.
Posted on 6 Dec