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Last updated: 18 May 2007

$34.5 million for fisheries research and development

Australia’s valuable fish stocks and the industries that depend on them will benefit from $34.5 million in new research and development projects, the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation, Senator Eric Abetz, said today.

Funded by the Australian Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, the projects will promote the sustainable development of fisheries and enhance industry viability and competitiveness.

“These projects show the Government’s commitment to maintaining Australia’s reputation as a producer of clean, green and premium seafood, as well as a fantastic recreational fishing destination,” Senator Abetz said.

“The seafood industry is one of Australia’s most valuable food-based primary industries with a landed value of more than $2.1 billion a year and this investment will help underpin its future.”

The projects include more than $5.5 million for Seafood Services Australia to help optimize the economic and environmental performance of Australian seafood businesses, $1 million to develop and test a vaccine for Amoebic Gill Disease in salmon, $298,300 for a national strategy for recreational fishing research and extension, and $271,200 to improve economic efficiency in the Western Rock Lobster fishery.

Other projects will see new research into alternative fuels for fishing vessels, and a $414,000 programme to develop a new DNA-based ageing technique for use in fisheries assessments.

“It is not only big-ticket projects that get funded. The key is research that aims to make a difference,” Senator Abetz said.

“It is particularly pleasing that most of the projects are partnerships between industry and researchers, with the Government - through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - helping deliver significant results.”

A full list of projects to receive funding in 2007-08 is available at www.frdc.com.au

Further inquiries:

Senator Abetz’s office: Heath Michael 0400 467 232