Due to the long interval between the application for and granting of the Royalty for Regions (RfR) funding for the second yellowtail kingfish growout trial off the coast of Geraldton, the project proponents gave considerable thought to how best design and capture the outcomes for the benefit of WA and the other kingfish states of SA and potentially NSW. The concept of a research coordinator was attractive, especially when looking back at the tuna research history in SA.
This application is for the funding of a Research Coordinator to design, implement, manage and report on a comprehensive suite of research projects that will be undertaken in the funded RfR trial. Future industry development will rely on a well-coordinated research plan and well-documented results from the proposed pilot scale project.
This application does not propose specific research projects. It is a capacity building project to improve the co-ordination of research activities in this collaborative project to ensure the most effective use of previous research results, of the resources available and of current research providers.
The research involved will be complex and current providers are disparate. The proposed role will facilitate coordinated research directly relevant to industry needs. This project supports the CRC Program of Commercialisation and Utilisation as well as the WA Fishing Industry Council's RD&E Strategy to increase aquaculture production.