FISH Vol 21 3

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation News

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Perfect weather, an idyllic location, more than 100 top chefs and thousands of food enthusiasts helped to bring out the best in Australia’s latest seafood offerings
How do you work out whether depleted species are on the path to recovery if fishers are doing their best not to catch them?
In Australia, SBT is highly valued both commercially and as a game fish. While there are detailed commercial records, researchers are now trying to estimate just what the local recreational catch is.
Tiny nickel tags suspended in an ultraviolet-light-sensitive adhesive are providing new levels of security for Australian wild-caught abalone and assurance of provenance for international buyers
A review of fisheries management policies has identified opportunities for improvement to maximise the benefits and sustainability of our marine resources
Fishers and managers can make use of new national guidelines to set a clear direction and consistent approach in the development of new harvest strategies
Touring South Australia, young leaders in the hospitality trade delve into the best practices behind the fish and other foods they serve
Opportunities to earn a living and to participate in fisheries management are providing the impetus for East Arnhem’s first official Aboriginal fishing cooperative
Seafood Services Australia closes its doors
Earlier this year, the likeable town of Narooma on the New South Wales south coast was buzzing with visitors who joined the locals to celebrate Narooma’s greatest local product – oysters.
Placing value on a life spent at sea is among the objectives social researchers who are working to incorporate into fisheries management and policy decisions
The decline of Australian giant cuttlefish (Sepia apama) populations in the upper Spencer Gulf, South Australia, is a mystery researchers are keen to solve
Seaweed could be farmed to complement aquaculture and safeguard the environment with open-sea trials to be conducted in the Spencer Gulf later this year – the final stage of a three-year investigation into the feasibility of such a system.
Incorporating traceability within fisheries business systems can help protect safety and industry reputations, provide proof of provenance and protect profits
Comparing apples with oranges may be difficult, but at least they are both fruits. Infinitely more difficult is the comparison of fish and beef, of sea and land-based foods – and particularly the environmental impacts of production.
Valuing diversity and actively pursuing new members are crucial if fishing industry associations are going to survive and thrive
FRDC funded research survey aimed at improving commuication within the fishing industry yeilds unexpected results
Innovative research in Tasmania may lead to new industry practices in Australia’s valuable rocklobster industry
Capitalising on existing research strengths and closer collaborations are expected to provide efficiencies in delivering research to meet national priorities
Monthly monitoring of Southern Rocklobster puerulus (late larval stage) settlement has been undertaken in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia since the 1990s, but it is only recently that researchers have attempted to link settlement to future population assessments.
Over the past six months a trial has taken place to divert the maority of the Sydney Fish Market's polystyrenne box waste from landfill