The Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), of which Flinders University is a major research partner, has won the CRC Association’s Excellence in Innovation award for research that has enabled the breeding and rearing of Southern Bluefin Tuna in land-based hatcheries.
Clean Seas Tuna Ltd, SARDI, Darwin Aquaculture Centre, NSW Industry and Investment, University of the Sunshine Coast and the University of Tasmania are also partners in the Australian Seafood CRC.
Associate Professor Jian Qin from Flinders School of Biological Sciences led the research team examining fish larval biology and innovation of the rearing system.
“This award recognises the huge, collaborative scientific effort that stands behind the commercial development of bluefin aquaculture by the South Australian company Clean Seas Tuna Ltd,” Associate Professor Qin said.
“As a result of this innovative research, consumers will soon be able to buy fresh bluefin tuna in the knowledge that the supply is sustainable through the combination of aquaculture and ocean fishing,” he said.
Caption: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor David Day (left) and Associate Professor Jian Qin