Project number: 2017-140
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $550,000.00
Principal Investigator: Matt H. Taylor
Organisation: Western Rock Lobster Council Inc (WRLC)
Project start/end date: 30 Nov 2017 - 30 Oct 2021


The WRL industry needs to adopt new digital technology to benefit from the digital economy and ensure industry is efficient, highly productive and world-leading in all its management practices and policies. This is fundamental to achieving the WRL Strategic Plan objectives and aims to develop the western rock lobster industry’s competitiveness in digital technologies and ensure that the industry can draw the full benefits from digital innovation.

Discussions on 2017/18 research priorities and potential areas for collaboration were discussed extensively at the FRDC Annual Stakeholder Workshop in August 2017 with digital technology a commonality across all groups, including scoping data collecting and analysis innovations for policy, management and operations; New apps for commercial recreational catch, management, markets and effort; and Monitoring and sensor (environment to consumers).

There is a need for the WRL to seek expertise to create a new digital platform that will be capable of adding new modules and applications in to the future as required as well as interoperability with other systems. Industry wants to generate and manage its own data (noting that it will make every effort to be compatible with a national industry data management project) and supply the requested data to government when it is required and in the appropriate form. This will require trust but industry needs to accept this responsibility if it wants to act fast and make the most of opportunities in the digital economy. Industry can't rely on government to achieve this.

The WRL needs to identify and implement new digital applications that will improve process efficiency and assist fishers, managers, scientists, regulators and key stakeholders to make more informed and better decisions.

The WRL needs to scope what other fisheries and non-fishing industries are doing nationally and internationally with collecting data and using it in new and innovative ways to improve operations, management, policy, science and decision making.

This program needs to make provision for extension areas such as a new on-line OH&S standards and automatic reporting, digitised traceability from catch to plate, new auto entry catch application, and new monitoring and sensor technologies.


1. Scope national and international data collection and analysis innovation to assist policy development and fisheries management
2. Develop and extend a fully digitised database to achieve at least three management objectives
3. Expand database to meet non-managment objectives.

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