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Seafood CRC: development of barramundi selective breeding entity II

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Flinders University

Principal Investigator:

Graham Mair

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The proposed project aims to significantly fast track an important stakeholder processes initiated by the Seafood CRC scoping study. This study identified a way forward for a nationally unified centralised breeding initiative that delivers selectively bred stock to the majority of the barramundi farming industry. The industry stakeholders are keen to maintain the momentum resulting from the CRC study and seek funds to further develop and ratify the business model proposed in the study. They are also keen to trial mass spawning as a possible option for generating the families needed by the program. With a formalised and fully costed business proposal, and proof-of-concept demonstration, the stakeholders can pursue investment opportunities, including stakeholder investment. Without this funding moving forward, these key steps towards a viable breeding facility will be slowed and thus adoption and benefits of the initiative will be significantly delayed.


1. To develop a funded business entity that will run the BBP

2. To characterise broodstock available to the BBP and identify foundation stock

3. To run a pilot scale trial of synchronized spawning to check/demonstrate feasibility of its use with the BBP

4. To seek notional approval from Government agencies for the translocation of animals needed to establish the BBP and to supply farms