Rock Lobster Enhancement and Aquaculture Subprogram: propagation of rock lobster - development of a collaborative national project with international partners
University of Tasmania (UTAS)
Expansion of output from the rock lobster fishery cannot be achieved using traditional fishing methods as most wild stocks are already fully exploited. It is therefore highly desirable to develop an aquaculture technique that can increase the long term production of rock lobster, in a sustainable manner. It is presently not possible to produce puerulus from eggs on a large scale although it has been achieved in the laboratory in both New Zealand and Japan and there is extensive research being conducted in the USA. Very little information on puerulus production exists in the literature. If the problem of large scale consistent producton of puerulus is to be solved, then it needs a collaborative approach. If Australia is to benefit from the potential market for cultured rock lobster, then it must be in a position to design and import culture technology quickly. At present there is very limited activity in Australia, the only research being conducted on rock lobster propagation is in Tasmania. However, there are: a: opportunities for tapping overseas experience; and b: nodes of expertise in Australia which require better co-ordination The full collaborative project required to achieve the goal will be highly complex with a number of components and organisations. These organisations control major resources that could be co-ordinated and brought to bear on the problem of rock lobster propagation. This proposal is seen as a fundamental first step in bringing together the groups and developing the project. FRDC funding is required for this task in order to provide a national focus and better cohesion between groups.
1. Identify potential international and national, research & industry partners who are interested in collaborative research into culture of rock lobster from eggs
2. Identify barriers to the development of commercial culture of rock lobster in Australia and determine the R&D required to overcome these barriers
3. Identify what resources (expertise, facilities, funds) are required to conduct the necessary R&D
4. Develop a research plan mapping out R&D projects, the collaborative partners, timelines and resources.
5. Develop a collaborative, multi-institutional project proposal for FRDC
Principal Investigator: Dr. Piers Reid Hart