Cooked prawns on ice

Unleashing the genetic potential of black tiger shrimp

12th September 2016

The ARC Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding will bring the genetic knowledge of black tiger shrimp to a level comparable to that of livestock, and will generate the tools and processes needed to conduct a highly-advanced breeding program for the species and that has industrial scalability.

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Jarrod Guppy with poster

AFPA and ABFA Symposium 2016 - Student Competitions

12th August 2016

A massive congratulations to our Post Graduate students who have recently participated in the Annual Prawn Farmers Assoc Apfa and ABFA Symposium held on the 2nd and 3rd of August in Townsville.
All our students entered the Poster and Presentation competitions and cleaned up!
Presentation section was one by our very own Sarah Berry who presented “Selective breeding for stress tolerance in the black tiger prawn, Penaeus monodon
Poster section was won by our newest student on board Jarrod Guppy who's poster "Genomic resources to transform Australian Black Tiger Prawns breeding program" also won the JCU, Festival of life sciences poster competition on Wednesday.
Special mention to Tansyn Noble and her wonderful participation, her poster titled "Can we use challenge tests to improve GAV tolerence in Black Tiger Prawns?"

PhD Confirmation Seminar Announcement

PhD Confirmation Seminar Announcement

13th June 2016

Sarah Berry will be presenting her PhD confirmation seminar "Physiological response to environmental stressors in the black tiger prawn Penaeus monodon" on Monday the 13th of June at 10 am. The prsentation will be in room DA009-001 on the Townsville Campus and will be videolinked to Cairns via B1.103. Everyone is welcome.

Innovative Aquaculture

25th May 2016

Aquaculture is one of the fastest growing food production systems in the world, surpassing beef production in 2011.

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Baby prawns in a jar

Baby Tiger Prawns

20th May 2016

Our baby Tiger prawns have arrived at their new home at the CSIRO Bribie Island Research Centre.

Shrimp fossil

Shrimp Find Set In Stone

19th May 2016

It is far too late to throw this shrimp on the barbie. In fact, it is about 100 million years too late. But that hasn’t stopped archaeologists from getting excited by a fishy find unearthed near Richmond.

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Surveillance & Management of Disease in Prawn Aquaculture

11th May 2016

Webinar with Dr Giana Bastos Gomes:  This webinar will provide information on the economic importance of prawn/shrimp farming and different farm and hatchery systems, and health management programs. It will also cover the importance of disease surveillance in aquaculture and general wet-mount health check technique for farmed prawn/shrimp.  Register now!

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Participants in 2016 APFA Workshop 2

New Approaches to Delivering Prawn Aquaculture

4th-5th May 2015

APFA Workshop 2. Prawn farmers talking industry based projects for opportunities in applied science. An innovative approach to research!

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Tansyn Noble's PhD Confirmation Seminar

Tansyn Noble's PhD Confirmation Seminar

10th December 2015

Tansyn Noble will be presenting her PhD Confirmation seminar Breeding for Resistance to Gill-Associated Virus (GAV) in Black Tiger Prawns on Thursday the 10th of December at 3.30pm. The presentation will be in room AD009-002 in the Townsville Campus and via video link on the Cairns Campus at A1.129. Everyone welcome.

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Genomics@JCU Workshop Series

7th December 2015

From Genome to Phenome: Quantative and Adaptation Genomics in Natural and Breeding Populations.

The Genomics @JCU Workshop Series is a JCU research community initiative brought about in response to a strong interest in various areas of genomics research here at JCU. Regardless of your level of expertise, attending these workshops will help to build expertise and connectivity within the genomics community at JCU, and within the broader North Queensland and Australian research community.

The aim is to integrate expertise and knowledge from the breeding and evolutionary research community around quantitative and adaptation genomics concepts.  The workshop will be given by world-class experts in these fields (Dr. Felicity Jones and Dr. Frank Chan from the Max-Planck Institute (Plon, Germany), Dr. Steve Chenoweth from the University of Queensland, and Dr. Mehar Khatkar and Dr. Peter Thompson from the University of Sydney), as a mix of lectures, conceptual discussions, and hands-on practical case studies (mainly using R tools).

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APFA Workshop 19-Nov-2015

19th November 2015

The ARC Research hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding are hosting the Australian Prawn Farmers Association workshop on the Thursday the 19th Nov for any researchers interested in meeting the APFA R&D committee, hearing about their priorities and possible funding mechanisms, and pitching (unofficial research project ideas). Importantly we will highlight the process to go through for researchers seeking support (financial or general) from the APFA.

Please note late registration and details can be found by special request via email to Prof Dean Jerry on

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Participants at the Prawn Sampling Workshop

Prawn Sampling Workshop

29th July 2015

Twenty-five registered participants gained hands-on experience in prawn sampling on 29th July as part of a workshop run by Dr Ian Anderson (QDAF), Dr Jeff Cowley (CSIRO), Dr Melony Sellars (CSIRO) and Mrs Tansyn Noble (JCU). The experience has been described as “a complete success” by participants who learnt how to take prawn samples for QDAF emergency response procedures and for prawn pedigree analysis and viral screening for breeding programs. The workshop was supported jointly by the APFA, FRDC Aquatic Animal Health Subprogram Training Scheme and ARC Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding.

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Unleashing the Australian Tiger Prawn onto the World

30th April 2015

Seafood lovers may need a bigger barbie soon, with James Cook University and partner organisations launching a new prawn research hub south of Cardwell today (Tuesday 5th May 2015).

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Prawn farm

ARC Project to Build the World's Biggest Prawn Farm

24th June 2014

Now something of a tiddler in prawn aquaculture, Australia could soon have the world's biggest tiger prawn farm.

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JCU Media Release

13th June 2014

James Cook University research will help establish the world's largest black tiger prawn farm, and develop genetically superior seafood for international markets.

The Federal Government announced today that JCU has been successful for the first time under the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP), which started in 2012.
The project, Unleashing the tiger - advanced breeding to transform prawn aquaculture, will receive almost $5 million over five years. It will fund research and development that will lead to the most advanced selective breeding program for this important aquaculture species globally.

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