The Great Australian Bight Resource Assessment Group is the key research and scientific committee for management of the Great Australian Bight Trawl Sector of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery.

The group provides advice to the Great Australian Bight Management Advisory Committee on the status of fish stocks, sub stocks, species (target and non-target), the impact of fishing on the marine environment and the type of information needed for stock assessments. They also evaluate the impact over time of different harvest strategies, stock depletion and recovery rates, confidence levels for fishery assessments and risks to the success of fishery objectives. Compliance and economic factors affecting the fishery are also evaluated and reported on by the group.

This group provides an avenue for consultation between industry members, fishery managers, fishery economists, fishery scientists and other interest groups.

Recent discussion topics

  • Bight redfish stock assessment
  • Deepwater flathead stock assessment
  • Gemfish stock structure
  • GABT Research Priorities
  • GABT Orange Roughy Research Plan 2016–2020 review
  • Orange Roughy Rebuilding Strategy five year review
  • GABT Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA)

Download the October 2021 GABRAG minutes (PDF) 

Next meeting

The next meeting date will be 11 October 2022.

Current research priorities

  • assessment of target species
  • Integrated Scientific Monitoring Program
  • seabird mitigation measures in trawl fisheries.

Past meetings

Past minutes, recommendations and advice can be found on the Great Australian Bight Resource Assessment Group past meetings page.

Working Groups

Great Australian Bight Fishery Independent Working Group


Members are appointed for the period 1 July 2022 until 30 June 2025.

  • Mr Lance Lloyd, Chair
  • Dr Mark Grubert, AFMA member
  • Dr Eriko Hoshino, economic member
  • Dr Andrew Penney, scientific member
  • Mr Neil MacDonald, industry member
  • Ms Marcia Valente, industry member
  • Mr Jim Raptis, industry member
  • Mr Anthony Moore, scientific member


Ms Rebecca Jol

Executive Officer
Tel: 03 5155 6411
Email: rebecca.jol [at]