Project number: 2017-145
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $149,480.00
Principal Investigator: Andrew J. Forrest
Organisation: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries EcoScience Precinct
Project start/end date: 23 Jan 2018 - 30 Mar 2019


There is a need for common baseline of information that provides easy accessible compositional profiles in suitable formats about their products to enable them to meet their individual needs.

The information needs to be robust, consistent and cover the minimum needs of a nutritional panel (consumer) and contaminant information.

The project will assist in meeting industry needs for:
- Promoting the public health benefits of seafood consumption more generally.
- Rapid access to credible information to counter negative media claims.
- Assist in addressing current and future technical market challenges.
- Anticipate and quickly respond to market access threats.

Additionally there is a need to ensure that nutritional information on the key species (those covered in the Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports) and profiled on the FRDC consumer site Fishfiles is available.

It is important to note that FRDC funded two studies that undertook oil analysis for 250+ Australian species. See the Seafood the Good Food volume 1 and 2 for the results. This means the need is on broadening this analysis to include other nutritional elements.


1. Create nutrition panels for a minimum of 25 seafood species where none exist.

Final report

ISBN: 978-0-7345-0462-3
Authors: Carl Paulo Andrew Forrest Paul Exley and Sue Poole
Final Report • 2019-12-16 • 891.90 KB


Understanding the nutritional composition of seafood products is both a regulatory requirement and a consumer demand. Although a considerable body of data exists that covers key fish species, the majority of commercially important species within the wild catch sector still lack a basic nutritional profile. This knowledge gap impacts heavily on industry by providing hurdles for operators to meet their regulatory responsibilities and leaving consumers somewhat in the dark when it comes to understanding the seafood products they consume. To address this, extensive work was undertaken to develop nutrition panels for a minimum of 25 commercially important wild catch seafood species where none currently exist.
Final Report • 2019-12-16 • 33.64 KB


Excel data file of nutrition data derived from this project

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