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Australian Fisheries Research

Commonwealth Fisheries

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) conducts research that is used to support fishery management decisions and regulate commercial fishing in Commonwealth fisheries. Extensive and accurate scientific research assessments from AFMA’s marine environment experts helps to keep our fish stocks sustainable.

Learn more about AFMA’s science and research programs.

Learn more about current AFMA research programs.

State and Territory Fisheries

Australian Capital Territory

Conservation Research (CR) within the Environment and Planning Directorate (EPD) undertakes fisheries research in the ACT and has a program to investigate the distribution and abundance of fish species in the Territory. CR conducts regular monitoring of recreational fish stocks in Canberra’s urban lakes.

Learn more about fisheries research in the ACT.

New South Wales

The Department of Primary Industries – Fisheries NSW undertakes and facilitates research on aquatic animals and plants, and their habitats and ecosystems to ensure management receive the best scientific advice to make informed decisions.

Learn more about wild harvest and aquaculture research programs in NSW.

Northern Territory

The Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries fisheries research team provides scientific advice on the status of aquatic resources in the Northern Territory (NT). The team participates in a wide variety of research programs, collaborating with regional, national and international partners.

Learn more about fisheries research in the Northern Territory.


Fisheries and aquaculture research in Queensland helps to support sustainable and profitable fisheries and aquaculture sectors. This is achieved through innovative research conducted by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, in collaboration with other scientific organisations and industry.

Learn more about fisheries and aquaculture research in Queensland.

South Australia

The South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) Fisheries Science Program provides scientific advice to State and Commonwealth Governments about the sustainable management of Australia’s fisheries resources.

Learn more about fisheries research in South Australia.


The University of Tasmania (UTAS) – Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) fisheries research programs support the long-term sustainable harvest of wild marine resources for Tasmanian and Antarctic fisheries. Aquaculture research aims to deliver significant increases in production whilst minimising environmental impacts.

Learn more about fisheries research in Tasmania from the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

Learn more about UTAS|IMAS fisheries research programs.


The Victorian State Government conducts fisheries science projects to help guide decisions on management, policy and compliance relating to Victoria’s fisheries. This information is used to assess the sustainability of fish stocks to develop and sustain fisheries.

Learn more about fisheries research in Victoria.

Learn more about fisheries research projects in Victoria.

Western Australia

Comprehensive and dynamic research programs are undertaken by the Department of Fisheries Western Australia. Projects are often carried out in partnership with other research organisations, such as the CSIRO, or universities. Scientific findings are used to provide objective advice to support the management, conservation and sustainable use of Western Australia’s aquatic resources.

Learn more about fisheries science and research in Western Australia.

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