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.

 

AFMA Research

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.

On 6 March, at the 69th meeting of the AFMA Research Committee in Canberra, the 5 year Strategic Research Plan 2017-2022 was endorsed by the Committee in addition to approval by the AFMA Commission.

The Plan provides a framework for each fishery to review its information & development needs and facilitate research accordingly.

The Plan acknowledges the strong synergy between AFMA and FRDC’s interests in Commonwealth fishery research.

The plan provides strategic direction for, and management of, research investment in Commonwealth fisheries.

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.

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.

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

Committee ARC (12 month funding cycle) ComRAC
More flexible approach.
Now three calls a year with closing dates: (15 Feb, 15 June, 15 Sept)
January
February Research 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
March ARC 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.
April ARC 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
June Research providers submit applications by 15 June in response to FRDC’s call in May.
July AFMA 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
September RAGs/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
October ARC 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.
November The ARC’s annual research call opens in November FRDC conducts the RAC/IPA Workshop to consider priorities and opportunities for co-investment.

FRDC publishes its call for research.
December
Project Code Project Title Start/End Date Total Cost
150811 NPF Stock Assessments 2015-18 Trevor, CSIRO March 2016
September 2018
$652,036
150818 ETBF Size Monitoring Program 2015-19 - Keving Williams, WW Fisheries Autstralia P/L August 2015
December 2019
$416,500
150823 Monitoring the traditional take of finfish species in the TSPZ - Nicole Murphy, CSIRO July 2015
ongoing
$199,802
160807 Research to support the upper slope dogfish management strategy - Alan Williams, CSIRO May 2017
September 2018
$115,180
160822 Torres Strait Tropical rock Lobster survey - Eva Plaganyi, CSIRO January 2017
June 2019
$759,855
160823 Harvest strategies for the Torres Strait Bêche-de-mer fishery - Eval Plaganyi, CSIRO February 2017
May 2019
$124,759
160824 Harvest strategies for the Torres Strait Finfish fishery - Trevor Hutton, CSIRO May 2017
November 2018
$200,961
170802 Fish Ageing and Length Frequency for the SESSF - Fish Ageing Services August 2017
May 2020
$698,529
170803 Analysis of Electronic Monitoring Data for the SESSF - Ian Knuckey, Fishwell Consulting July 2017
September 2018
$81,440
170813 Data management, assessment and implementation of HS for Australia's Tropical Tuna August 2017
October 2020
$443,389
170819 NPF Integrated Monitoring Program 2018-2021 - Rob Kenyon, CSIRO September 2018
May 2021
$1,112,202
170824 SESSF Stock Assessments 2018-2021 - Geoff Tuck, CSIRO September 2018
May 2020
$763,732
170826 GHAT CPUE calculation methodology - Miriana Sporcic, CSIRO September 2018
May 2019
$60,715
170830 Macquarie Island Toothfish Stock Assessment - Richard Hillary, CSIRO September 2018
December 2019
$176,228
170833 NPF Stock Assessment 2018-2021 - Trevor Hutton, CSIRO September 2018
September 2021
$639,137
170835 NPF Annual Analysis of CMO - Gary Fry, CSIRO August 2018
December 2020
$135,175
170836 NPF Fishing Power Analysis - Judy Upston, CSIRO September 2018
December 2020
$87,318
170837 SBT Developing an independent estimate of size and age at maturity - Jessica Farley, CSIRO September 2018
May 2019
$45,000
170838 SBT Otolith Collection Age Length Keys - Jessica Farley, CSIRO September 2018
May 2019
$25,000