Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association (ASBTIA)

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 in November, April and August – to see whether this IPA has put forward any priorities in the current call for applications see – here.


ASBTIA Contact

Brian Jeffriess, Executive Officer – (



FRDC Management Contacts

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


Meeting dates

See Events 


Related projects are listed below

Project Number
The effects of vitamins and feeding frequency on the extension of the colour shelf life and maintenance of flesh quality of fresh and frozen Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) flesh
Investigate suitability of alternative bleeding practices of Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) post-harvest and their impact on product quality
Assessing egg oiling as a long term management tool for overabundant Silver Gull populations interacting with Southern Bluefin Tuna aquaculture operations
Long-term analysis of the sea-state in the Great Australian Bight
Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Ranching Research, Development and Extension Management Program
Forecasting spatial distribution of Southern Bluefin Tuna habitat in the Great Australian Bight – updating and improving habitat and forecast models
Development of diagnostic and surveillance techniques to promote modern Southern Bluefin Tuna health management
Understanding blood flukes infecting Southern Bluefin Tuna
Investigating aetiology and risk factors of ocular lesions and associated mortality in ranched Southern Bluefin Tuna
Next-generation Close-kin Mark Recapture: using SNPs to identify half-sibling pairs in Southern Bluefin Tuna and estimate abundance, mortality and selectivity