Published: 21 June 2021 Updated: 21 June 2024
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The Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association (ASBTIA) began in 1978 as the Tuna Boat Owners of Australia (ATBOA) and is the peak body representing Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) ranching companies in Australia. The ASBTIA has operated since 1997 and is committed to delivering cost effective research, development and extension (RD&E) services to ensure a profitable and sustainable SBT ranching industry that focuses on environmental awareness, performance and innovation.

Drivers for ASBTIA investing in RD&E are varied and usually relate to the following key areas:

  • Production & Profitability
  • Sustainability
  • Consumers and Community

Industry Partnership Agreement

The FRDC is a key partner for planning and investment in the research, development extension needed to achieve its vision. ASBTIA 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 ASBTIA members and research providers, with priorities developed and agreed at Annual General Meetings (AGM) and half yearly conferences.

Research Priorities

Research, Development and Extension Plan

ASBTIA has developed a Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan that provides a framework to identify and invest in key strategic research needs of ASBTIA stakeholders - see the plan.

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.

ASBTIA Contact

Daniel Casement, Executive Officer – (E:

FRDC Management Contacts

Chris Izzo – FRDC Portfolio Manager (T +61 2 6122 2152; E:

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