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1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2006  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 10/02/2006   
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Contents >> Fishing >> Research and development

The Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI), established in July 1998, is a joint venture between the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania. It was established as a centre of excellence in applied marine research to support the development and sustainable management of Tasmania's living marine resources. TAFI is a stand-alone institute within the University's Faculty of Science and Engineering.

TAFI's research is centred on the key areas of wild fisheries, aquaculture and the marine environment and combines the marine research resources of four research centres:

  • the School of Aquaculture, at the University's Launceston campus;
  • the Fish Health Unit at the Mount Pleasant Animal Laboratories of Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment in Launceston;
  • the Marine Research Laboratories of the Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment in Hobart; and
  • the School of Zoology, at the University's Hobart campus.

The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment provides an annual core grant of $2.4m to TAFI to conduct marine research and development in Tasmania.

University input includes specialist and support staff, a range of specialist facilities, administrative support and funding from central sources and the Faculty of Science and Engineering, as well as access to federal funding initiatives through the Department of Education Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA). Additional external income is sourced from several State and Federal funding bodies and industry partners.

RESEARCH IN WILD FISHERIES

The goals of the research programs on wild fisheries reflect the basic need for:
  • methods to monitor stock performance;
  • knowledge of the dynamics of the species; and
  • the development and articulation of management advice.

The research programs for the abalone and rock lobster fishing industry involve analysis of information provided by fishers supplemented by independent surveys, and combined in models that now have years of development behind them.

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