Fisheries

Hand holding oyster and man in background

When the Australian oyster industry was struck by a potentially lethal virus in 2010, it had a strategic response in place, thanks to an earlier investment in genetic breeding research.

school of fish

As the global population increases and climate changes continue to impact the world’s oceans, more pressure will be placed on fisheries to meet growing food security demands. Can science help the seafood industry adapt?

man snorkelling with lobster

Lifestyles of some 78 million people worldwide depend on small scale fisheries; that includes the communities of the Torres Strait and the suitably-named ornate rock lobster. Managing those small fisheries for future sustainability has been a long-term, and on-going, project.

Woman scuba diving with striped fish

The east-coast population of humpback whales has seen a comeback - what could they tell us about the marine environment? Long-term data allows for better monitoring of Australia's ocean environment in the latest State of the Environment Report.

A pelican sitting on the edge of a fish pen in the ocean

A free online modelling tool that simulates the movement of oil spills and fish spawning is attracting a surprising range of users.

Close up of the head of a Yellow Fin Tuna

New molecular techniques have shown that the population dynamics of yellowfin tuna in the Pacific Ocean are not as we thought. Further application of these techniques may herald a more scientific approach to management of ocean fisheries, and help curb illegal fishing.

Fishermam pulling a fish out of the water on the end of a fishing line

Australia’s fishing zone is the world’s third largest, and the $2.4 billion commercial fishing and aquaculture industry employs over 11,000 people. Research helps keep the industry and the marine ecosystem sustainable.