Aquaculture and Fisheries @JCU

Capitalising on its location, James Cook University (JCU) specialises in the sustainable exploitation of tropical aquatic species and is Australia’s leading university in Tropical Fisheries Science. JCU is dedicated to creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, through graduates, research and discoveries that make a difference. Our activities in aquaculture and fisheries are ensuring this goal.

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Aquaculture Research

The Aquaculture team within the CSTFA are world-leaders in tropical aquaculture research and development, with a particular focus on genetics, nutrition, aquatic animal health, physiology, hatchery production, algae, husbandry, post-harvest processing and sustainable practices.

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Sustainable Wild Fisheries

The Sustainable Wild Fisheries team within the CSTFA are world-leaders in the sustainable development of tropical aquatic resources. Researchers work to maximise the social, environmental and economic benefits of wild fisheries and ensure the long-term sustainability of aquatic resources in Australia and the tropics worldwide.

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Novel aquatic products and applications

Culture systems provide the ability to develop a wide range of novel products for human, animal and plant use. This includes the ability to utilise waste streams from industrial and agricultural systems to provide remediation and access to resources.

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Aquatic Animal Health

The Aquatic Animal Health team within the CSTFA conduct research which enables fisheries, aquaculture and Australian quarantine to make informed decisions in regards to stock structure, disease management and import regulations.

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Seafood, Health and Allergens

This research team uses cutting-edge approaches in characterising the interactions of immunogenic proteins from different food sources including fish, crustacean, mollusc and parasites with the human immune system leading to allergic and inflammatory reactions.

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Human dimensions of aquatic resources and production

Research on the sustainability of fishers, producers, industries and communities involved in aquatic food production; how to deal with change in fisheries and aquaculture to ensure aquatic food security; identification of adaptation strategies.

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Affiliated Organisations and Groups

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Livelihoods Lab

Support small-scale fishing communities in the tropics in meeting their livelihood goals through collaborative research and capacity building.

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AquaPATH Lab

A NATA accredited laboratory for the detection of aquaculture viruses located at JCU Townsville

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