SARDI Aquatic Sciences helps deliver the sustainable growth of South Australian aquaculture industries and protects our fisheriesÂ' resources and their environments by the application of innovative science.
SARDI Aquatic Sciences core skills include aquaculture nutrition, genetics and propagation, micro-algal production, marine and freshwater ecological research, environmental assessment, oceanography, aquatic biosecurity and fisheries biology, assessment and modelling.
Staff are located at the South Australian Aquatic Sciences Centre at West Beach, the Lincoln Marine Science Centre at Port Lincoln, and at SARDIÂ's Mt Gambier research facility.
Major science program areas (SPAs) are Aquaculture, Inland Waters & Catchment Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Fisheries. Needs and opportunities for seafood value-adding, safety and market access are actively pursued through SARDIÂ's Food Safety and Innovation science program dedicated to SAÂ's food industries.
The organisation of the Aquatic Sciences Division, including program and subprogram leaders is given in the
The Aquaculture Science Program Area provides scientific and technical advice across government, industry and the community on the sustainable development and management of aquaculture in brackish, freshwater and marine environments. Nutrition and feed technology facilities exist for aquatic research, including the Australasian Experimental Stockfeed Extrusion Centre, a pelleting mill, an analytical nutrition laboratory, and indoor and outdoor aquaria and tank facilities.
The primary objectives of the program are:
The Aquaculture Science Program Area currently focuses its research through five interacting subprograms:
The Inland Waters and Catchment Ecology Science Program Area undertakes research and development activities and provides scientific and technical advice across government, industry and the community about key issues in the conservation and sustainable management of freshwater dependent systems including native fish resources and habitats. These include developing our understanding of ecosystem processes, ecology and population dynamics of the freshwater and estuarine fishes, molluscs and crustaceans and their environment, and ecology of freshwater and riparian vegetation.
Work is conducted in four subprograms:
The Marine Ecosystems Science Program Area undertakes a wide range of research activities, including habitat mapping, environmental impact assessment, effects of trawling, seagrass ecology, ecophysiology and rehabilitation, reef health assessments, the ecology and management of human impacts on species including marine mammals, seabirds and sharks, performance assessment of marine parks, ecological modelling and marine pests. The program provides advice to government on the management of a range of marine environmental issues, particularly marine pests and threatened, endangered and protected species (TEPS), and conducts commercial EIS work for a variety of clients.
The current subprograms are:
Opportunities for product integrity and value-adding are rapidly expanding across the seafood industry. SARDI's Food Safety and Innovation science program carry out research on issues associated with husbandry, harvest and post-harvest handling, product development, seafood safety and market access opportunities for the range of aquatic species.
The Fisheries Science Program Area undertakes research and development activities on the fisheries and habitats of the South Australian continental shelf and gulfs for the South Australian government on behalf of all stakeholders in those fisheries Â- principally abalone, rock lobster, marine scale and pelagic fishes.
The Fisheries SPA undertakes stock assessments and carries out biological and ecological research to meet the information needs of managers charged with the responsibility for managing sustainable exploitation and equitable allocation of these fisheriesÂ' resources.
The SPA also undertakes externally funded contract research directly for industry and other funding bodies, such as the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), Department of Environment and
Natural Resources (DENR), fisheries management agencies in other jurisdictions.
The current subprograms are:
Prof Gavin Begg
Research Chief, Aquatic Sciences
PO Box 120 Henley Beach SA 5022
Tel: (08) 8207 5482
Fax: (08) 8207 5406