Australian Abalone Growers Association (AAGA)

The Australian Abalone Growers Association (AAGA) is the national peak body working to further the interests of the Australian abalone farming industry since 2001. AAGA aims to promote ethical and responsible abalone farming for profit. AAGA’s vision is that Australian Abalone will be the preferred abalone across world markets. Farmed Australian Abalone from AAGA Members will:

  • Be recognised and sought after across global markets,
  • Be grown in and harvested from sustainable farming systems,
  • Be produced by farms whose Return on Investment (ROI) will be in the top quartile of all Australian aquaculture producers.


Industry Partnership Agreement
The FRDC is a key partner for planning and investment in the research, development extension needed to achieve its vision. AAGA 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 AAGA 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

AAGA has developed a Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) Plan that provides a framework to identify and invest in key strategic research needs of AAGA 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 in November, April and August – See whether this IPA has put forward any priorities in the current call for applications.


AAGA Contact:
Nick Savva, Executive Officer – (E


FRDC Management Contacts:

Wayne Hutchinson – FRDC Portfolio Manager (M 0439 636 375; E


Meeting dates: See – Events


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
Australian Abalone Growers Association Strategic R&D Plan 2020-2025
Risk factors and management strategies associated with summer mortality in Australian abalone
Benchmarking for health and productivity in aquaculture.
SafeFish 2018-2021
Identification of differentially expressed innate immune genes in the New Zealand paua (Haliotis iris) and the Australian hybrid abalone (H. laevigata X H. rubra) upon immersion challenge with the abalone herpesvirus-1 (HaHV)
Elucidating the nutritional requirements of farmed hybrid abalone
Development of sector-specific biosecurity plan templates and guidance documents for the abalone and oyster aquaculture industries
Aquatic Animal Health and Biosecurity Subprogram: Perkinsus olseni in abalone - development of fit-for-purpose tools to support its management
Seafood CRC: quantifying physiological and behavioural responses of cultured abalone to stress events
Seafood CRC: prevention and control of maturation to address multiple key abalone production constraints