FISH Vol 21 2

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation News

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A severe marine heatwave and associated warmer ocean temperatures off Western Australia have changed the nature of marine life, presenting opportunities and challenges for fishers and fisheries management
An article that explains the events that helped create the deadly marine heatwave, the 'Ningaloo Niño'
How diversification helped save some fishing businesses after the wake of the marine heatwave
When the Roe’s Abalone populations in Western Australia’s north were all but wiped out in the 2011 marine heatwave, John Craike was forced to find an alternative to the species that has provided his livelihood for the past 20 years.
Crustaceans grow by moulting their exoskeletons, which has made it difficult to tell how old they are using traditional ageing techniques. From a fisheries management perspective, a lack of age information also makes it difficult to assess how changing environmental factors may affect growth.
A new FRDC website aims to provide the answers seafood consumers have been craving for more than a decade, namely, how to choose, buy, handle and prepare seafood
FRDC has funded research into the mating call of the Mulloway, who produce three different call types when spawning
A new range of environmental factors is to be added to the calculations used to set the commercial annual catch from Australia’s Southern Rocklobster fishery
In the face of competition from imports, the Australian prawn industry – both fishers and farmers – is coming together to support a national marketing campaign
Technological and design innovations are providing new information about the early stages of the Southern Rocklobster life cycle
The devastation wreaked by Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome in the Hawkesbury River in January 2013 is a warning for oyster growers in other parts of Australia
To help consumers better understand the health benefits of seafood, some of Australia’s most popular species have undergone nutritional evaluation
The inland nurseries of many sought-after Australian marine fish have been losing out in the battle for competing land uses, but a new study finds a cooperative approach can help redress the balance
Australia’s oceans contribute about $44 billion each year to our economy, and that figure is projected to more than double by 2025.
The Western Rocklobster (Panulirus cygnus) industry has significantly reduced fishing effort during the past four years and at the same time increased its profitability.
Over the past two fishing seasons, 160,000 Southern Rocklobsters (Jasus edwardsii) have been relocated from the deep, cold waters off Tasmania’s south-west coast to reefs further inshore or northwards up the west coast.
A protein boost for young abalone sets the stage for a more profitable industry
More than 200 leading international shellfish safety specialists gathered in Sydney for the 9th International Conference on Molluscan Shellfish Safety in March this year to discuss the latest industry research, management and policy issues.
Anya Waite's research into phyllosoma – the larval phase of Western Rocklobsters
In the past seven years, scientists monitoring the Western Rocklobster (Panulirus cygnus) shery off the coast of Western Australia have recorded low levels of the lobster’s late-larval-stage juveniles, called puerulus
Leadership, innovation and industry professionalism are key themes for the continuation of the FRDC's people development program
CSIRO recently launched the free online tool FishMAp, which ia a searchable atlas of more than 4500 marine fishes,
Nuffield schloiar Ian Duthie finds taht the collective internatiobal intelligence of shellfish industry will be needed to help overcome the production challenges of the future