Call for Applications

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address the priority areas nominated by the Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and the FRDC Subprograms.

Respective RACs, IPAs and Subprograms have been through their planning processes to form their priorities. In addition, the FRDC held its annual stakeholder planning workshop in late October 2016 to discuss among other things where there might be collaborative opportunities. It was apparent that there are a number of priority areas relevant to multiple RACs, IPAs and Subprograms:

  • Impacts of seismic testing
  • Resource access/allocation
  • Data collection/needs and data gaps
  • People development and capacity building
  • Community support/demonstration of the broader value of fishing and aquaculture

At this stage these areas are being further developed and aren’t featured in this call for applications. If you have a query in relation to any of these areas, please feel free to contact the FRDC.

EOI’s that combine more than one priority area, where those priority areas or elements thereof are similar, are encouraged.

The overview of priority areas for RD&E investment are outlined below and a full description can be downloaded from the Applying for Funding page or directly here – 2017 Annual Competitive Round Priorities.

 

PRIORITY OVERVIEW
JURISDICTION
Purple urchin (Heliocidaris erythrogramma) fishery of Tasmania: Supporting management and a profitable industry
TAS
Review of abalone stock status indicators: is estimation of stock biomass defensible?
TAS, VIC, SA
Rebuilding east coast rock lobster stocks: developing an effective management framework and promoting stewardship within the recreational sector
TAS
Informing The Structural Reform of South Australia’s Marine Scalefish Fishery
SA
Assessing the Capacity for Sustainable Finfish Aquaculture in the Vicinity of Seagrasses
SA
Integrated Assessment of Spencer Gulf: Status of Ecosystems, Industries and Communities
SA
Using Emerging Technology to Assess Recreational Fishing Dynamics
SA, VIC, WA
Identifying Opportunities for Development of Underutilised Fisheries and Aquaculture Species
SA, WA
Re-examination of underlying model assumptions and resulting abundance errors in the SESSF Fishery Independent Survey with application to other FIS’
COMM
Improving the SSJF fishing fleets ability to catch squid
COMM
Investigate oceanographic and environmental factors impacting on the ETBF
COMM
Developing automated data cleansing and validation processes for fisheries catch and effort data
NSW, VIC, WA
Informing adaptive management of portunid fisheries in NSW
NSW, QLD
Development of a Rapid Assessment or mitigation method (or a combination of the two) for those Kingfish and Mahi Mahi that have meat quality that will be compromised when cooked.
NSW
Identification of barriers to the adoption of safety equipment in the commercial fishing industry
NSW, WA, NT, QLD
Improving mortality and quality of crabs and lobsters in transportation from first point of sale to market
NSW
Quantifying the Value of Community Engagement
NSW, WA
Engagement of communities & stakeholders in resource management to provide leadership and resilience within industry
QLD
Understanding and responding to drivers of fluctuating catches in mudcrab and blue swimmer crab fisheries
QLD, NT
Improved understanding of stock structure with an emphasis on inshore species or species with life history characteristics that may make them vulnerable to localised impact
NT, QLD
Assessing the relevance of key coastal habitats and habitat–related ecological processes, such as tidal inundation and seasonal flooding, to fisheries production and sustainability.
NT, QLD
To increase the participation and employment of Indigenous people in the NT commercial fishing, businesses, management and seafood industry.
NT, IRG, WA, QLD
Eliciting and capturing of stakeholder priorities across all stakeholder sectors, and thereby development of a 5-year Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan
NT
Aquaculture - Mitigating Environmental Impacts
WA
Mitigating the impacts of TEPS, bycatch issues and habitat from fishing activities
WA
Increasing production and value of yellowtail kingfish aquaculture in Western Australia through improvements in feed management and disease resistance
WA
Indigenous Capacity Building Program – Research, Management and Leadership
IRG
Lever opportunities under new WA legislative framework
WA
Nature of disease threats to aquatic animals in Australia
AAHBS
Diagnostics for endemic and exotic aquatic animal diseases
AAHBS
Aquatic animal disease therapy and prophylaxis
AAHBS
Aquatic animal disease ecology and management
AAHBS
Training and capacity building
AAHBS
New products and education material for consumers
All, Priority 2