Oysters Australia through Australia Seafood Industries as the eligible industry applicant has been successful in obtaining funding for the Future Oysters CRC-P. This CRC-P will expend $5.011 million over the next three years (Oct 2016 until Aug 2019) conducting RD&E to address industry issues associated with with aquatic diseases and production. This project addresses the need to extend the findings of the research projects that will be undertaken by the 15 partner organisations that comprise the Future Oysters CRC-P. Each of the seven major research projects that comprise the R&D program will generate ouputs that need to be extended to, and adopted by, industry. The project will provide funding to undertake communications and extension activities needed to maximise adoption of project outputs to achieve changes that should ultimately improve production and profitability. The Future Oysters CRC-P is required to have a communication and education and training program and we have committed to this in previous reports to DIIS.
The Future Oysters CRC-P project (CRC-P 2016-553805; Future Oysters) was funded by the Australian Government’s Business Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program, which is managed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS).
The Future Oysters CRC-P project was developed to undertake the research and development (R&D) needed to build and evolve the Australian oyster aquaculture industry, due to the severe impacts of disease on oyster production in Tasmania (TAS), South Australia (SA) and New South Wales (NSW) at the time of its initiation. The trigger for the project was the sudden spread of the viral disease ostreid herpesvirus-1 microvariant (OsHV-1), more commonly described as Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS), from NSW to TAS in February 2016.
This project 2017-233: Future Oysters CRC-P Communication and Adoption" was conducted as part of the Future Oysters CRC-P to support the following objectives
- Effectively communicate findings and activities of all Future CRC-P R&D projects to industry, other researchers and stakeholders.
- Conduct specific extension activities that provide opportunities for growers to be exposed to findings of Future Oysters CRC-P R&D to maximise adoption and impact.
- Develop and maintain communication media and methods that effectively deliver Future Oysters CRC_P findings in a manner that is most effective for industry.
- Ensure attendance of CRC-P members at annual oyster industry conferences in each state to most effectively present findings and meet with and seek feedback from growers.
- Engagement of honours students with CRC-P research and development of their capacity to work effectively with industry.