The Northern Prawn Resource Assessment Group is the research and scientific committee for management of the Northern Prawn Fishery. The group provides advice to the AFMA, the Commission and the Northern Prawn Management Advisory Committee on the status of target stocks (including the type of information and research needed to support the stock assessments) and on fishing impacts upon byproduct, bycatch and the marine environment.

The group also evaluates alternative harvest options like the impact over time of different harvest strategies, effort levels, confidence levels for fishery assessments and risks to the success of fishery objectives. Economic factors affecting the fishery are a key consideration for the assessments.

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

Recent discussion topics

  • review of the red-legged banana prawn Harvest Strategy decision rules
  • results of the 2017 stock assessment
  • review of the fishery’s scientific observer data collection protocols
  • review of the fishery’s research priorities and projects
  • summary of the 2017 broodstock collection
  • review of the Industry report on indicators of fishery status

View the 23-24 May 2018 NPRAG meeting minutes (PDF, 626).

Next meeting

The next committee meeting is scheduled for October/November 2018.

Current research priorities

  • assessment of target species
  • recruitment and spawning surveys
  • analysis of observer data
  • bycatch reduction
  • river flow impacts.

Past meetings

Past minutes, recommendations and advice can be found on the Northern Prawn Fishery Resource Assessment Group past meetings page.


Members are appointed until 31 March 2018.

  • Dr Ian Knuckey, Chair
  • Mr Rik Buckworth, research member
  • Dr Malcolm Haddon, research member
  • Mr David Brewer, research member
  • Mr Ian Boot, industry  member
  • Mr Phil Robson, industry  member
  • Dr Tom Kompas, economics member
  • Mr Ian Butler, AFMA member


Stephen Eves
Tel: 02 6225 5555