The AFMA Research Committee 2018 project scopes are outlined below.

Key information for applicants when completing and submitting full proposals

When completing and submitting proposals, applicants must:

  • use the project scopes outlined below as a guide when developing their full proposals to meet the identified need for the project
  • use the ARC application form to prepare their proposals
  • include in their proposals:
    • the projected costs and expected funding source, as well as alternatives.
    • the proposed contractor’s full legal identity/description, including each corporation’s full description and Australian Company Number or the full names of all partners/joint venturers. A trading name and/or Australian Business Number should also be notified, but only if registered to the parties described
  • email their completed full proposal to the Research Section at  Secretary@afma.gov.au by  31 January 2018.  

Fishery project scopes

Research priorty scopes

Fishery project scopes

Southern & Eastern Scalefish & Shark Fishery  

1. Stock assessments for the SESSF 2018-19 to 2020-21

2. GHAT CPUE calculation methodology

3. Orange roughy (non-eastern) stock status update

Small Pelagic Fishery 1. Daily Egg Production Method Surveys (DEPM) for Blue Mackerel West
Southern Bluefin Tuna 1. Southern Bluefin Tuna Inter-sessional Science

2. Developing an independent estimate of size-and age-at-maturity

3. Otolith ageing and development of age-length  keys for Australian longline fishery 2018

Sub-Antarctic 1. Macquarie Island toothfish stock assessment
Northern Prawn Fishery 1. NPF Stock Assessment July 2018 to Sept 2021

2. Integrated monitoring program NPF 2018-21

3. Annual analysis of Crew Member Observer (CMO) and Scientific Observer data to confirm it meets criteria for use in monitoring populations of TEP and at-risk species, with sustainability assessment every third year.

4. Fishing power analysis

Research priority scopes

Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF)

Project Title Stock assessments for the SESSF 2018-19 to 2020-21  
Project Need The annual assessment presents fishery statistics and catch at size/age data and synthesises existing stock assessment information for the key target species of the SESSF. This is a requirement of the SESSF Harvest Strategy.
Desired outcomes Provide information that can be used to evaluate the performance of the fishery, and assist assessments of stock status either directly through the stock assessment process or as fishery indicators

 

Title Gillnet Hook and Trap Fishery (GHATF) CPUE calculation methodology
Project Need Currently CPUE for gillnet-caught species is calculated on a kilogram per shot basis. Given the change to net length restrictions, the RAG has identified a strong need to change gillnet CPUE calculations:

  • from catch by shot to catch by metres of net set
  • to better account for zero shots.
Desired outcomes To obtain better understanding of stock status through improved Tier 4 assessments

 

Title Orange roughy (non-eastern) stock status update
Project Need To investigate options for updating stock status understanding of non-eastern

orange roughy.

Desired outcomes Establish data requirements to undertake an updated Tier 1 assessment for western orange roughy, including:

  • running scenarios (using the eastern orange roughy as a basis, but with modified parameters) and looking at varous projections
  • ageing existing otoliths
  • where information gaps are identified, undertake exploratory sampling

Contacts:

George Day
Senior Manager
Demersal and Midwater Trawl Fisheries
Telephone: (02) 6225 5331
Email: George.Day@afma.gov.au

ARC Research Secretary
Telephone: 02 6225 5469 or 02 6225 5432
Email: Research.Secretary@afma.gov.au

Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF)

Title Daily Egg Production Method Surveys (DEPM) for Blue Mackerel West
Project Need To estimate the spawning biomass of SPF stocks to underpin the determination of Recommended Biological Catches (RBCs) using the agreed SPF Harvest Strategy. Stocks which were surveyed more than five years ago, should be prioritised for surveying following the completion of the DEPM for jack mackerel west (2016-17) and redbait west (2017-18).
Desired outcomes To manage East Coast SPF quota species at Tier 1 under the SPF Harvest Strategy

Contacts:

George Day
Senior Manager
Demersal and Midwater Trawl Fisheries
Telephone: (02) 6225 5331
Email: George.Day@afma.gov.au

ARC Research Secretary
Telephone: 02 6225 5469 or 02 6225 5432
Email: Research.Secretary@afma.gov.au

Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery (SBT)

Title Southern Bluefin Tuna Inter-sessional Science 
Project need This is essential work that provides ongoing scientific advice to the Southern Bluefin Tuna MAC and AFMA to support the adequate monitoring, implementation and success of management arrangements in the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery.

 

Desired outcome Provide scientific advice and stock assessment support to SBTMAC and AFMA and participate in the relevant domestic and international meetings.

Prepare for the 2019 reconditioning of the SBT operating models, with data from the 2019 data exchange, including new gene-tagging data and any additional data on unaccounted mortality.

  

Project Title Developing an independent estimate of size-and age-at-maturity                                                                             
Project Need Collect and age 100 Southern Bluefin Tuna otoliths from the Australian surface fishery (2017/18 season) in order to fulfil the data collection requirements of the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT).
Desired outcomes Construct age-length keys and estimate the age distribution of Southern Bluefin Tuna in the Australian surface fishery.

Provide direct age estimates to CCSBT via the data exchange process.

Prepare a working paper on the outcomes of the project to be presented to the CCSBT Scientific Committee meeting in 2018.

 

Project Title Otolith ageing and development of age-length  keys for Australian longline fishery 2018
Project Need Collect and age 200 Southern Bluefin Tuna otoliths from the Australian Longline fishery.
Desired outcomes Construct age-length keys and estimate the age distribution of Southern Bluefin Tuna in the Australian longline fishery.

Provide direct age estimates to the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna (CCSBT) via the data exchange process.

Prepare a working paper on the outcomes of the project to be presented to the CCSBT Scientific Committee meeting in 2018.

Contacts:

Matthew Daniel
Manager
Southern Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
Telephone: 02 6225 5338
Email: matthew.daniel@afma.gov.au

ARC Research Secretary
Telephone: 02 6225 5469 or 02 6225 5432
Email: Research.Secretary@afma.gov.au

Sub-Antarctic Fishery

Title Macquarie Island toothfish stock assessment
Need  

Stock assessment of the Macquarie Island toothfish Fishery

Desired outcomes To provide ongoing scientific advice to the Sub-Antarctic Fisheries RAG (SARAG) and AFMA to support the implementation and success of management arrangements in Australia’s Macquarie Island toothfish Fishery

Contacts:

Jo Fisher
Manager
Antarctic Fisheries
Telephone: 02 6225 5499
Email: jo.fisher@afma.gov.au

ARC Research Secretary
Telephone: 02 6225 5469 or 02 6225 5432
Email: Research.Secretary@afma.gov.au

Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF)

Project Title NPF Stock Assessment
Project Need To set the Total Allowable Effort (TAE) for the tiger prawn fishery (including endeavour prawns)

To set the TAE for red-legged banana prawns in accordance with the NPF Harvest Strategy

To determine the MEY target trigger catch rate for white banana prawns for the 2018 banana prawn season

Desired outcomes Update the fishing power surveys incorporating data from gear surveys.

Estimate MEY-based effort levels for the tiger prawn fishery for the 2020 fishing year, with data collation (economic and fishing power) occurring in all years.

Assess and provide a TAE for red-legged banana prawns in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Determine MEY trigger value for white banana prawns in 2019, 2020 and 2021 seasons.

Continual improvement to model performance.

 

  

Project Title Integrated monitoring program NPF 2018-21
Project Need Undertake analysis of data collected during the recruitment surveys to determine and evaluate:

  • fishery independent parameters on the state and status of the population and recruitment indices for commercial prawn species;
  • the spatial extent, variability and abundance of prawn populations; and
  • the spatial extent and abundance of byproduct and bycatch species at risk.

 

Desired outcomes The data collected through the surveys to be analysed and developed into a format that can be used to feed into the fishery’s models.

In order to achieve objectives under the FMA 1991 (e.g. ensuring sustainability of target species), and the Commonwealth Harvest Strategy Policy (targeting maximum economic yield and avoiding stock depletion below a limit reference point), AFMA is required to make decisions about acceptable levels of fishing effort (e.g. input controls).

The analysed data feeds into the various models used to evaluate the status of component fisheries in terms of sustainability and economic performance relative to reference points specified in the Northern Prawn Fishery Harvest Strategy. The models are also used to provide recommendations on effort and catch levels in the form of annual Total Allowable Effort (TAE) and corresponding predicted catches or, in the case of the White Banana Prawn fishery, catch rate trigger levels.

 

 

Project Title Annual analysis of Crew Member Observer (CMO) and Scientific Observer data to confirm it meets criteria for use in monitoring populations of TEP and at-risk species, with sustainability assessment every third year
Project Need To assess if the NPF is interacting with high-risk species (determined through SAFE analysis) and if any management responses are required to reduce the interaction with such species
Desired outcomes  

2017 CMO data analysed and collated with existing data so it can be used in assessments

 

Project Title Fishing power analysis
Project Need Analysis of NPF fleet composition, vessel fishing capabilities and effort to update the modelling of overall fleet fishing power.
Desired outcomes  

The review and updating of data and models with regard to fishing power are important for the assessment of “effort creep” in the Northern Prawn fishery

 

Contacts:

Steve Bolton
Senior Manager
Northern Prawn Fisheries
Telephone: 02 6225 5328
Email: steve.bolton@afma.gov.au

ARC Research Secretary
Telephone: 02 6225 5469 or 02 6225 5432
Email: Research.Secretary@afma.gov.au