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CSTFA About the Centre

About the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture

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The Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) focuses not only on the aquatic and aquaculture systems that produce food, but also the industries and communities that utilise them.

Multidisciplinary collaborations between our researchers provide the synergies to address substantial research problems in a way that individual research groups cannot.

The CSTFA provides research outputs for sustainable food production to local, state, federal and international resource managers, both in government and in the private sector. Thus, making us a key player in helping secure aquatic food production in the tropics for future generations.

We have:

  • 43 Academic Staff who collaborate with colleagues around the world to help produce innovative solutions and understanding of marine food production systems in both aquaculture and wild capture fisheries.
  • 92 HDR Students from across the globe researching innovative solutions to support the fisheries and aquaculture industry and increase awareness.
  • 34 Industry Engagements, producing approximately $10 million in external grants, contracts and consultancies each year and publish in excess of 160 peer-reviewed books, book chapters and papers.

Our Directors

Professor Jan Strugnell

Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture


+61 7 4781 6357

Jan applies next generation sequencing tools to help solve bottlenecks in fisheries and aquaculture industries. Her laboratory group is investigating population differentiation, recruitment and adaptation in a range of lobster species.

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Associate Professor Amy Diedrich

Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture


+61 7 4781 4627

Amy is an environmental social scientist, focusing on understanding the interactions between people and marine environments. Specifically, she seeks to identify socio-economic and cultural factors that influence sustainable livelihoods.

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In early 2018 the CSTFA was appointed an official Technology Resource Partner (Australia) for Asian Pacific Economic Co-operation - Policy Partnership on Food Security (APEC PPFS). APEC PPFS mandate is to strengthen and facilitate public-private cooperation to address food security issues in the Asia Pacific region.