6 December 2019

AFMA is seeking full proposals for an additional priority scope outlined below as part of AFMA’s current annual call for applications published in November 2019. 

Applicants should use the fishery-specific project scope provided below as a guide when developing their full proposal.

Applicants are invited to discuss their application with the Small Pelagic Fishery Manager, Sally Weekes on 02 6225 5520 or email Sally.Weekes [at] afma.gov.au or the AFMA Research Section prior to submitting a proposal.

The AFMA Research Section can be contacted on 02 6225 5432 or by emailing Research.Secretary [at] afma.gov.au.

Please note that the research proposal for the additional priority - SPF Daily Egg Production Method Surveys (DEPM) for Redbait East, must be submitted to the AFMA Research Section by early January 2020

AFMA will seek RAG and MAC comments on full proposals in late January 2020 before consideration by the ARC at early February 2020 meeting when proposals will be assessed.  Applicants will be advised in late February 2020, following the ARC’s evaluation of full proposals, whether their proposals have been selected.

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 AFMA research 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  Research.Secretary [at] afma.gov.au by early January 2020.  


Small Pelagic Fishery      




Daily Egg Production Method Surveys (DEPM) for Redbait East



To estimate the spawning biomass of Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) stocks to underpin the determination of Recommended Biological Catches (RBCs) using the agreed SPF Harvest Strategy. Stocks which either have not been surveyed, or which were surveyed more than five years ago, should be prioritised for surveying following the completion of the DEPM for Blue Mackerel East in 2019-20.



Desired outcomes


To manage East Coast SPF quota species at Tier 1 under the SPF Harvest Strategy.












AFMA Contact:

Sally Weekes
Manager SPF, Coral Sea and Squid

Tel: 02 6225 5520

Email: Sally.Weekes [at] afma.gov.au

Find key information and all of the 2020-2021 research priority scopes on the AFMA Research Priorities 2020-2021 webpage.