Project number: 2018-084
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $76,000.00
Principal Investigator: Noel Penfold
Organisation: Freshwater Native Fish Association (FNFA)
Project start/end date: 31 Oct 2018 - 25 Jul 2019


The 5 July 2017 meeting of representatives from the various States involved in the Murray Cod industry agreed to three key R&D priorities to support expansion of the Murray Cod industry in Australia. They included:

1. Development of a farm management plan/manual to: provide advice on optimising production systems and water quality; review and update of existing Murray Cod culture guidelines using recent relevant publications and input from commercial operators; and identify any information gaps
2. Off Flavour. Review of recent publications/work from other sectors (eg Barramundi) to prevent off flavor in Murray Cod. Murray Cod quality product assurance; and
3. Fish health and treatment (parasites, bacterial infection, Lurnea, Chilodonella, ratty tail). Review and update information on treatment options (chronic/prophylactic) for Murray Cod. Murray Cod health management strategy

This project proposal aims to address these high R&D industry priorities by developing a range of technical and extension material.

The Murray Cod industry is developing rapidly in Australia increasing from 250t 2014/15 to over 500t 2016/17. Industry forecast several thousand tonnes production by 2020 with many new farms seeking approval and new franchise business models moving forward. To capitalise on this expansion, there is a pressing need to improve extension resources.


1. Development of best practice production guidelines for Murray Cod aquaculture, to be used nationally
2. Extension to industry, and new investors, of the best practice production guidelines

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