Australian Council of Prawn Fisheries (ACPF)

Established in 2004, Southern Rocklobster Limited (SRL), is a company limited by guarantee serving as the national peak body working to further the interests of the Australian Southern Rock Lobster Industry.

SRL guides all industry R&D expenditure for this valuable fishery sector and, over the next five-year planning horizon, is working to deliver against the five strategic goals identified in the ‘SRL Strategy 2022’.

  • Secure access to a sustainable resource, which is harvested efficiently and safely in collaboration with other fishery users. 
  • Community engagement with, and acceptance of, Southern Rock Lobster fisheries and policies.
  • Discerning seafood consumers prefer SRL’s offer, in Australia and overseas.
  • An SRL that is engaged and influential in industry, communities and government.
  • Professional people and strong governance. 

Industry Partnership Agreement

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

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

SRL Contact:

Thomas Cosentino, Executive Officer – (E


FRDC Management Contacts:

Chris Izzo – FRDC Portfolio Manager (M 0419 852 723; E

Meeting dates:

See – Events 


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
Methods to profile and connect the provenance of wild caught prawn fisheries and their values to the community
SafeFish 2018-2021
Our Pledge: Australian seafood industry response to community values and expectations
SeSAFE - delivering industry safety through electronic learning
Disseminating existing bycatch reduction and fuel efficiency technologies throughout Australia's prawn fisheries
ACPF IPA: Australian wild caught prawn sector RD&E management and communication
Love Australian Prawns evaluation using consumer research, sales data and market insights
Investigating the use of trace element profiles to substantiate provenance for the Australian prawn industry
Workshop to identify research needs and a future project to reduce bycatch and improve fuel efficiency via Low Impact Fuel Efficient (LIFE) prawn trawls
Addressing knowledge gaps for studies of the effect of water resource development on the future of the Northern Prawn Fishery