Southern Bluefin Tuna recovery research wins prestigious awards

29-Nov-2018 2:38 PM

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak-body representing the Australian seafood industry, has congratulated the CSIRO’s Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) research team for their award winning work to halt the decline of this iconic fish species.

“The team were awarded the CSIRO Impact from Science award and the Sir Ian McLennan Achievement for Industry award at the 2018 CSIRO Awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 27,” SIA CEO Jane Lovell said.

“The awards recognise the game-changing science the team has produced for the assessment and management of the international SBT fishery. Their efforts have made it possible to arrest the decline of SBT stock, resulting in a steady rebuilding of fish stocks.

“The achievements of the team are international firsts which is really exciting on its own, but also because the technology is transferable to other fish and wildlife species and can be used for conservation management globally.

“The team developed a method to monitor the adult population of SBT, called close-kin mark recapture, which uses DNA sequencing. Along with the SBT gene-tagging program which has been developed to monitor the numbers of juvenile fish in the population each year.

“The Stehr Group, an SIA member, is involved with this groundbreaking program, by helping tag wild SBT.

“This is an example of science produced by the Australian seafood industry that will have a impact on the health of global fisheries.

“The SBT fishery was once in decline, however thanks to Australia’s strict fisheries management techniques coupled with the CSIRO’s team research efforts this decline has halted and the fishery is steadily rebuilding.

“Australia is now leading the way forward globally for the management of SBT fisheries and setting the benchmark for international management techniques.”