The Australian Barramundi Farmers Association (ABFA) was established in 1993. It is the national peak body working to further the interests of the Australian Barramundi farming industry. The ABFA’s vision is for Australian Barramundi to be the Australian fish of choice for seafood consumers. 

The ABFA will achieve this by:

  • Differentiating Australian Barramundi as the fish of choice for consumers, and
  • Supporting industry profitability.

ABFA Contact: Jo-Anne Ruscoe, Executive Officer


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FRDC IPA Manager/Contact: Wayne Hutchinson;  
Industry Partnership Agreement
The FRDC is a key partner for planning and investment in the research, development extension needed to achieve its vision. The ABFA works closely with the FRDC and research providers to focus resources into the R&D needed support four critical investment areas:

1. Differentiation 

  • naming
  • branding
  • certification

2. Consistent high quality

  • quality scheme

3. Effective regulatory framework 

4. Management of biosecurity risk.

RD&E investment planning and project realisation is undertaken through a collaborative process between ABFA members and research providers, with priorities developed and agreed at Annual General Meetings (AGM) and half yearly conferences.
The ABFA also works to attract and secure other R&D funding sources outside of the FRDC process.

Current Research Priorities:

  • Assessing the nutritional value of Australian Barramundi (project underway
  • Real time monitoring of water quality and mechanisation of pond management to boost productivity and increase profit (project underway)
  • Improve the quality and consistency of farmed Barramundi in the market place to improve sales, volume, market share and revenue
  • Improve harvest and slaughter methods to improve fish welfare and or quality for the market place
  • Identify Value Adding Opportunities for Australian Farmed Barramundi
  • Optimise treatment of parasites to increase productivity and profitability
  • Improved understanding of juvenile Barramundi gut health


Call for applications - Closes 7 October 2018

ABFA have a call for two research projects:

  • Gut health of farmed barramundi juveniles: Stage 1) Identify where damage occurs by monitoring gut function
  • Improve harvest and slaughter of farmed Barramundi to minimise fish stress, and thereby improve quality for the market place and improve fish welfare outcomes.

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Meeting dates: 

18-19 September 2018


Related projects are listed below