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Australian Abalone Growers Association (AAGA)

The Australian Abalone Growers Association (AAGA) is the national peak body working to further the interests of the Australian abalone farming industry since 2001. AAGA aims to promote ethical and responsible abalone farming for profit. AAGA’s vision is that Australian Abalone will be the preferred abalone across world markets. Farmed Australian Abalone from AAGA Members will:

  • Be recognised and sought after across global markets,
  • Be grown in and harvested from sustainable farming systems,
  • Be produced by farms whose Return on Investment (ROI) will be in the top quartile of all Australian aquaculture producers.

ABFA Contact:
Nick Savva, Executive Officer -


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. AAGA works closely with the FRDC and research providers to focus resources into the RD&E needed to address current priority investment areas, including:

1.  Nutrition and feed development

2.  Biosecurity and disease management

3.  Achieve productivity gains via automation to improve farming efficiency

4.  Selective breeding for improved disease resistance and performance

RD&E investment planning, project development and implementation is undertaken through a collaborative process between industry representatives of AAGA R&D Committee and research providers, with priorities identified at regular meetings and at an Annual General Meeting and industry R&D workshop.

Current Research Priorities:

  • Increasing knowledge of nutritional requirements of farmed hybrid (blacklip x greenlip) abalone.
  • Investigating tools to assist selective breeding of abalone
  • Gain approval for abalone relaxants to assist future automation of husbandry and harvesting operations
  • Understanding mechanisms of resistance to Haliotid Hervesvirus-1 (AVG) in New Zealand Paua (Haliotis iris).

Meeting dates: 

9-10 August 2018


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