South Australia Research Advisory Committee

Background and RDE Goals:

The FRDC places considerable emphasis on the advice of the South Australian Research Advisory Committee (SARAC) in prioritising the need for RD&E activities and assessing the quality of science and alignment with South Australia’s industry and broader government (i.e. fisheries and aquaculture management) and hence community needs and opportunities and the FRDCs national RD&E Plan.

An important function of the SARAC RD&E Plan is to identify the research goals and priorities that address key challenges and opportunities faced by the South Australian fisheries and aquaculture sectors and the aquatic natural resources they depend on, at both the State and national level. The following RD&E goals are designed to facilitate strategic RD&E investment to address challenges and opportunities; thus, ensuring that the fisheries and aquaculture sectors prosper in a sustainable manner.

Goal 1: Natural Resource Sustainability

Goal 2: Resource Access and Allocation

Goal 3: Increased Profitability and Well-Being

Goal 4: Community and Consumer Support

Goal 5: People Development



Don Plowman – Chair

Gavin Begg

Bart Butson

David Hall

Brian Jeffriess

Gloria Jones

Graham Mair    

Sean Sloan

Tony Smith

Paul Watson     


Priority list:

Call for applications

Stakeholder workshops


FRDC Management Contacts:

Chris Izzo – Executive Officer (M 0419 852 723; E

Alison Connelly – Secretariat (M 0437 694 485; E


Meeting dates:

SARAC meeting no. 6 – October 13th 2017


SARAC meeting no. 7 – 13 March 2018

SARAC meeting no. 8 – 31 July 2018

SARAC meeting no. 9 – 30 October 2018


SARAC meeting no. 10 – 12 March 2019

SARAC meeting no. 11 – 30 July 2019

SARAC meeting no. 12 – 29 October 2019


Associated IPAs:

Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries IPA  

Abalone Council of Australia IPA  

Australian Abalone Growers Association IPA

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association IPA

Oysters Australia IPA

Southern Rock Lobster IPA