Research & Development

In 2005, ABFA developed a strategic five-year Research and Development Plan which is current until 2010.

In 2009, following the ABFA 1/2 Year Workshop held in Cairns, a Research & Development Business Plan was developed to assist with implementation.

Historically, much of the industry’s research and development was conducted on-farm, as a part of the development of this relatively new industry.  There were also major contributions by the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and the universities. 

As our industry matured, it was recognized that there was a need for the research to become more focused.  The strategic Research and Development Plan will ensure that funds are used effectively to target the highest priorities, as identified by ABFA members including: disease management, environmental management systems and genetics. 

ABFA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.  Under that MOU, the industry funds will be matched by funding provided by FRDC to 0.25% of GVP for all research and development projects.

ABFA is also a member of the Seafood Co-operative Research Centre and has its own ABFA Research and Development Committee.   

The ABFA R&D Committee is chaired by Bob Richards.  ABFA has received over $50,000 in sponsorship from the feed companies for research and development projects and the committee will be focussing the funding on priority projects.  The committee is appointed each year at the ABFA Annual General Meeting.  For queries regarding ABFA Research and Development, please contact Bob Richards on phone (08) 8988 8121.   

Projects currently being supported by ABFA include:

  • Strep Vaccines
  • ABFA Business Plan
  • Genetics Scoping Study
  • Genetic profiling Barramundi by Source
  • Feeding program (Bob Richards)
  • Residue Testing in Farmed Barramundi
  • Imported Barramundi – what is the customer getting?

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