Seafood CRC: Scope and economic analysis of options for a nationally unified breeding program that provides significant economic benefit to the Australian abalone aquaculture industry
SARDI Food Safety and Innovation
Nick A. Robinson
1. To model the Tasmanian/GSW program(s) and alternative mainland strategies, and determine the optimal strategy for a unified, centrally coordinated program. The aim would not be to compare breeding programs against each other, but rather to provide an economic model of each, recognising infrastructure, running costs, capacity to produce families, commercial viability, co-investment with partners across sectors, etc, that will deliver a breeding strategy (breeding design and objectives) for each initiative to allow them to maximise their genetic gains and economic benefits (benefit to cost ratio).
2. To identify the areas of collaboration for adding value to each program and the standardisation of procedures needed to ensure collaboration is achievable.
3. To identify key researchable constraints to the implementation of the breeding programs, prioritise the research objectives and identify funding options.
4. The cooperative breeding program that develops should aim to achieve the objectives of AAGA, as listed in the Needs section.