FRDC/CSIRO/IMAS - Storm Bay Research Program

Overview

The Storm Bay Research Program is a suite of FRDC research projects that will provide scientific knowledge and tools to guide sustainable management of impacts from Atlantic Salmon farming within Storm Bay. The research projects are being conducted by the Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS). The research program has been designed to respond to the recommendations of the Tasmanian Government’s Marine Farming Review Panel and will directly feed into Tasmanian Government planning and regulation of the Atlantic Salmon farming industry in Storm Bay.

Research Management

Project Manager

Heidi Mumme

The role of the Project Manager is to coordinate Project Governance (relating to the IMAS and CSIRO research suite) and provide direct reporting to the Steering Committee, against the agreed work plan on progress, achievements or challenges. The Project Manager will chair the various sub-committees, and manage consultants and communication releases to develop and ensure integration of monitoring and research, delivery of outcomes, and public reporting. The Project Manager is the key contact point between the researchers and project clients and will also be responsible for coordinating engagement between the steering committee and independent governance committee.

Independent Governance Committee

Harry Woods (Chair) and Renata Brooks.

The function of the Governance Committee is to ensure that the science conducted within the program is impartial, independent and rigorous. This will include following the FRDC project management process and ensuring rigorous scientific review.

Steering Committee

Patrick Hone (Chair), Heidi Mumme (Executive Support), Wayne Hutchinson (FRDC)

Beth Fulton (CSIRO), Catriona MacLeod (IMAS), Deidre Wilson / Graham Woods / Ian Dutton (DPIPWE), Jen Fry (TSGA), Ursula Taylor (DEP), Wes Ford (EPA)

The purpose of the Steering Committee (SC) is to provide strategic oversight and clear recommendation to the FRDC and Governance Committee for the Program of research and reporting including management and planning. The SC also reviews and evaluates research milestone reports and outputs to ensure outputs are achieved.

Technical Advisory Group

Heidi Mumme (Chair), Wayne Hutchinson (FRDC)

Adam Smark (Huon), Akira Weller-Wong (DEP), David Horner (EPA), Depha Miedecke (Petuna), Dianne Maynard (DPIPWE), Jeff Ross (IMAS), Karen Wild-Allen (CSIRO), Rebecca Gorton (CSIRO), Sean Riley (Tassal), Stephen Gallagher (EPA),

The purpose of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is to provide technical and logistical expertise and advice in relation to the suite of Storm Bay research and to provide updates against milestone objectives and outputs to the TAG and Steering Committee as required.

Research Priorities

The FRDC has funded 4 current priority projects which look at provision of the required information to sustainably manage aquaculture expansion and operations within the region of Storm in Tasmania.

2017-215 “Storm Bay Biogeochemical Modelling & Information System: Supporting sustainable aquaculture expansion in Tasmania” (CSIRO)

2018-103 “Storm Bay research program management, governance and extension (management and governance project)” (Mi-Fish)

2018-104 “Next generation decision support tools to support sustainable aquaculture in Storm Bay” (CSIRO)

2018-131 “Storm Bay Observing System: Assessing the Performance of Aquaculture Development” (IMAS)

Key Resources

 Website Organisation   Content/audience

salmoninteractionsteam.org

IMAS Salmonid interaction research site

Atlantic salmon aquaculture research - Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies University of Tasmania

IMAS Overview of what IMAS is doing with an overview of the science challenges. Includes videos. Summary of research projects

Growing the Tasmanian Atlantic salmon farming industry - CSIRO

CSIRO CSIRO research on Salmonid farming.

Aquaculture - CSIRO

CSIRO Overview of aquaculture research.Some Salmon projects.

https://salmonfarming.dpipwe.tas.gov.au/

DPIPWE General public. Overview of salmon farming geography, production, and compliance. No dynamic data. Does not include research projects.

Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association (TSGA)

FRDC General community. List of research projects under IPA.

Coastal Environmental Modelling

CSIRO Research from CSIRO’s Coastal Environmental Modelling Team. See Current Projects for Storm Bay research.

Past Research

Project Number
Title
Status
2008-226
Tactical Response Fund: Salmon Aquaculture Subprogram: ecological effects due to contamination of sediments with copper-based antifoulants
Completed
2010-063
Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Subprogram: evaluation of approaches to improve sediment remediation (rate & function) under salmonid fish cages
Completed
2011-041
Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Subprogram: assessment of the environmental impacts & sediment remediation potential associated with copper contamination from antifouling paint and associated recommendations for management
Completed
2011-042
TSGA IPA: clarifying the relationship between salmon farm nutrient loads and changes in macroalgal community structure/ distribution (Existing Student Support)
Completed
2011-086
Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Subprogram: macroalgal monitoring in Macquarie Harbour, Tasmania
Completed
2010-203
Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Subprogram: oxygen regulation in Tasmanian Atlantic salmon
Completed
2013-008
Movement, habitat utilisation and population status of the endangered Maugean skate and implications for fishing and aquaculture operations in Macquarie Harbour
Completed
2010-219
Tactical Research Fund: Establishing regional indicators of social sustainability in the Tasmanian aquaculture industry - a pilot study
Completed
2010-217
Atlantic Salmon Aquaculture Subprogram: Forecasting ocean temperatures for salmon at the farm site
Completed
2011-525
A bibliography of FRDC and CRC aquaculture environmental research reports and related publications
Completed