Published: 21 June 2021 Updated: 21 June 2023
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The Australian Prawn Farmers Association (APFA) was formed in 1993 to represent the interests and foster the development of the Australian prawn farming industry. The Association is a key contact for investors, new farmers and firms wishing to do business with the Australian prawn farming sector.

The Australian prawn farming industry is expected to expand significantly in coming years. Current investment is expected to boost farm production to ~6,740 tonnes in 2020 to 28,000 tonnes in 2025.

Industry Partnership Agreement

The FRDC is a key partner for planning and investment in the research, development extension needed to achieve its vision. APFA works closely with the FRDC and research providers to focus resources into the RD&E needed to address current priority investment areas. RD&E investment planning and project realisation is undertaken through a collaborative process between APFA R&D Committee members.

Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

APFA has developed a Strategic Plan 2020-2025 that includes the following RD&E outcomes).

  • Prawn availability and survival
  • Prawn growth
  • Product price
  • Industry social responsibility
  • Industry compliance

Call for Applications

The FRDC invests through a flexible approach. Part of this approach allows the Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and Subprograms to call for applications based on their priorities up to three times per year – see whether this IPA has put forward any priorities in the current call for applications.

APFA Contact

Camilla Thompson - Research and Development Manager– (E:

FRDC Management Contact

Wayne Hutchinson – FRDC Portfolio Manager (T +61 2 6122 2153; E:

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