Keeping our fish stocks sustainable means we must base our decisions on the most trustworthy information.

That information comes from extensive and accurate scientific research assessments from marine environment experts.

Latest notices

2 November 2017: The AFMA Research Committee (ARC)  is making its annual public call for applications to address research priorities identified for potential AFMA funding in 2018-19. More information can be found on AFMA’s news page.

5 September 2017: The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) is seeking applications for the position of Chairperson on the Scallop Management Advisory Committee (ScallopMAC). Find more information at afma.gov.au.


AFMA Research


Research Program

AFMA Resource Assessment Groups (RAGs) and Management Advisory Committees (MACs) play a crucial role in identifying research needs (July to early September), assessing research proposals and the outcomes of research, both essential stock assessment type research and other relevant management related projects.

The AFMA Research Committee (ARC) takes a leading role in determining research priorities (October) and projects for funding (March/April) by AFMA in accordance with the ARC’s annual research cycle.

The ARC also recommends research priorities for potential Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) funding for consideration by the Commonwealth Research Advisory Committee (ComRAC). The ComRAC process is managed by the FRDC.

Strategic Research Plan

Our draft Strategic Research Plan 2017-2022 describes the way in which AFMA will support the management and development of Commonwealth fisheries resources through research during the next five years.

AFMA is currently seeking comments on the draft Plan.

Fishery Five Year and Annual Research Plans

Fishery Research Plan File
Heard Island and McDonald Islands Antarctic Fisheries Strategic Research Plan 2014/15 – 2018/19

Sub Antarctic Annual Research Statement 2017-2018

PDF 46KB

PDF 155KB

Small Pelagic Fishery Small Pelagic Fishery five year Strategic Research Plan 2017-18 to 2021-22

Small Pelagic Fishery Annual Research Statement 2017-2018

PDF 71KB

PDF 258KB

Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Five Year Strategic Research Plan (2014-2018) 

Southern Bluefin Tuna Annual Research Statement 2017-2018

PDF 810KB

PDF 142KB

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Five Year Strategic Research Plan 2016-20

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Annual Research Statement 2017-18

PDF 555KB

PDF 458KB

Southern Squid Jig Fishery Southern Squid Jig Fishery Annual Research Statement 2017-18 PDF 158KB
Northern Prawn Fishery Northern Prawn Fishery Five Year Strategic Research Plan 2014-18

Northern Prawn Fishery Annual Research Statement 2017-18

PDF 556KB

PDF 260KB

Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Five Year Strategic Research Plan 2017-2022

Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Annual Research Statement 2017-18

PDF 66KB

PDF 282KB

Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Australian Tuna and Billfish Fishery Five Year Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Annual Research Statement 2017-18

DOC 456KB

PDF 148KB

Great Australian Bight Fishery Great Australian Bight Trawl Sector Annual Research Statement 2017-18 PDF 176KB

 

The roles of the AFMA Research Committee and the Commonwealth Fisheries Research Advisory Committee (ComRAC) is to consider research proposals and prioritise essential research priorities that contribute to improved management for fisheries.

AFMA Research Committee

About

The AFMA Research Committee considers essential research priorities that contribute to improved management for fisheries.

As part of its role the committee also:

  • develops research priorities for Commonwealth fisheries in conjunction with the management advisory committees, AFMA’s management needs and objectives specified in the Fisheries Administration Act 1991 and Fisheries Management Act 1991
  • approves  five-year fishery research plans for individual fisheries managed by AFMA
  • advises the AFMA Commission on the allocation of AFMA research funds and accounts and reports against their use
  • monitors biological and economic indicators in Commonwealth fisheries, with an emphasis on sustainability indicators and economic efficiency
  • liaises with research providers and funding agencies to make sure AFMA’s research priorities are given appropriate weight in the wider allocation of research funds.

Members

  • Mr Ian Cartwright , Chair and Commissioner
  • Ms Renata Brooks,  Commissioner
  • Prof Keith Sainsbury, Commissioner
  • Dr James Findlay, Chief Executive Officer
  • Dr Nick Rayns, Executive Manager, Fisheries Management Branch
  • Committee Secretary, Dr Jane Chimungeni-Brassington

AFMA advisors on the committee:

  • Ms Beth Gibson, Senior Manager, Policy, Environment, Economics and Research, AFMA.
  • Ms Yvonne Zunic, Manager Research, AFMA.

Invited regular observers who attend to provide expert advice:

  • Mr Patrick Hone, Executive Director, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
  • Dr David Smith, Theme Leader, Sustainable Australian Fisheries and Ecosystems, CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research
  • Ms Renee Vajtauer, Executive Officer, Commonwealth Fisheries Association
  • Mr Gordon Neil, General Manager, Fisheries Branch, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Commonwealth Research Advisory Committee (ComRAC managed by FRDC)

The FRDC supports a network of Research Advisory Committees (RACs) located in each state and the Northern Territory. ComRAC is the primary planning and entry point for consideration of Commonwealth research proposals for potential Fisheries Research and Development Corporation funding.

For more information visit www.frdc.com.au.

Research Process

AFMA does not undertake research in house. Rather, it outsources research through the following process:

CommitteeARC (12 month funding cycle)ComRAC
More flexible approach.
Now three calls a year with closing dates: (15 Feb, 15 June, 15 Sept)
January
FebruaryResearch providers submit initial Expressions of Interest (EOI) for potential AFMA funding in response to the ARC’s November call.

EOI submitted are circulated to AFMA fisheries managers/ RAGs & MACs for comment;
Fisheries Managers, RAGs/MACs identify any additional research priorities for potential FRDC funding.
Research providers submit applications by 15 February to FRDC for funding in response to FRDC’s call in Nov/ Dec
MarchARC meets to assess EOI and Management/RAG/MAC comments.

Applicants notified of ARC comments on their initial proposals and asked to submit their full proposals by end March.
ComRAC meets to assess applications and review further identified priorities for FRDC’s call.
AprilARC out-of-session reviews and endorses final applications and the upcoming financial year’s research budget.

Applicants advised of the ARC’s final evaluation.
May
JuneResearch providers submit applications by 15 June in response to FRDC’s call in May.
JulyAFMA CEO approves the AFMA research budget for the new financial year.

New contracts and variations for essential research projects prepared and put in place.

RAGs/MACs commence review of their fisheries’ 5 Year Research Plan to IDENTIFY THEIR RESEARCH NEEDS for AFMA/FRDC funding in the following financial year by completing an Annual Research Plan.
ComRAC meets to assess applications and review further identified priorities for FRDC’s call.
August
SeptemberRAGs/MACs submit their individual fishery’s Annual Research Plan to research.secretary@afma.gov.au Research providers submit applications by 15 Sept in response to FRDC’s call in July
OctoberARC meets to consider RAG/MAC identified research priorities and agree on priorities for the ARC’s call for applications in November.ComRAC meets to assess applications and agree on priorities for FRDC’s call.
NovemberThe ARC’s annual research call opens in NovemberFRDC conducts the RAC/IPA Workshop to consider priorities and opportunities for co-investment.

FRDC publishes its call for research.
December

Current Research

Project CodeProject TitleStart/End DateTotal Cost
140817Provision of fish ageing and length frequency services for the SESSF – Kyne Krusic Golub, Fish Ageing Services P/LAugust 2014
June 2017
$644,585
140819Monitoring and assessment of Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) quota species under HS 13/14 to 15/16 – Tim Ward, SARDIJuly 2014
June 2017
$216,000
140822Data Management, Assessment and Implementation of HS for Australia's Tropical Tuna Fisheries, Rob Campbell, CSIROAugust 2014 October 2017$498,603
150810IMP NPF 2015-18: surveys and analysis of data – Rob Kenyon, CSIROSeptember 2015 June 2018$993,352
150811NPF Stock Assessments 2015-2018 – Trevor , CSIROMarch 2016 September 2018$652,036
150812Monitoring interactions with bycatch species using crew-member observer data collected in the NPF: 2014 – 2016 – Gary Fry, CSIROMarch 2016 December 2017$97,625
150817Various stock assessments for the SESSF 2016-2018 – Geoff Tuck, CSIRO June 2016
May 2018
$983,436
150818ETBF Size Monitoring Program 2015-18 – Kevin Williams, WW Fisheries Australia P/LAugust 2015 December 2018$265,000
150823Monitoring the traditional take of finfish species in the TSPZ – Nicole Murphy, CSIROJuly 2015
May 2017
$199,802
150824Guide for researchers conducting research in the TS – Dr NakataJuly 2015$16,500
160801SBT Inter-sessional Science 2016-17 – Ann Preece, CSIROJuly 2016
June 2017
$210,000
160802Continuation of the SESSF Fishery Independent Survey 2016 – Simon Boag, SETFIAJuly 2016
February 2017
$660,977
160803SPF DEPM survey for Western Jack Mackerel – Tim Ward, SARDINovember 2016 January 2018$430,000
160807Research to support the upper slope dogfish management strategy – Alan Williams, CSIROMay 2017
June 2018
$115,180
160809Improving location/targeting of economically viable squid aggregations and improving SSJF fleet's ability to catch squid – Ian Knuckey, Fishwell Consulting P/LAugust 2016 December 2017$145,350
160810Stock assessment & MSE for Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery – Rich Hillary, CSIROMarch 2017
June 2018
$138,000
160813Eastern zone orange roughy spawning biomass survey 2016 – Simon Boag, SETFIAJuly 2016
May 2017
$385,000
160822Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster survey – Eva Plaganyi, CSIROJanuary 2017
June 2019
$759,855
160823Harvest strategies for the Torres Strait Beche de Mer fishery - Eva Plaganyi, CSIROFebruary 2017 December 2017$52,710
160824Harvest strategies for the Torres Strait Finfish fishery – Trevor Hutton, CSIROMay 2017
November 2018
$200,961
170815SESSF ISMP – Robin Thomson, CSIROJune 2017
January 2018
$118,234
170816Environmental influences on TS lobster recruitment – Eva Plaganyi, CSIROJune 2017
December 2017
$49,292