Aquaculture Research

Theme Leader Dean Jerry

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. Researchers directly partner with the aquaculture industry to solve real world problems and mainly work with tropical species including barramundi, marine shrimp, pearl oysters, tropical abalone, sea cucumbers, freshwater crayfish, micro- and macroalgae and ornamental fish.

Professor Jerry is also the Director of the ARC Research Hub for Advanced Prawn Breeding.

Our Research Focus

As the human population rapidly approaches 9 billion, finding the means to supply sufficient animal protein in a sustainable and economic way to feed this burgeoning population is one of the most important challenges humanity will face in the immediate future. With the majority of the population growth occurring in the tropics - from southeast Asia, Latin America, to Africa - farming of aquatic species is the most efficient and healthy way to produce animal protein.

At James Cook University, researchers within the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA) focus on improving production for farmed aquatic species through feed development, genetic improvement, refinement of hatchery production techniques, animal health, novel aquaculture products systems design and domestication of new aquaculture species.

The Aquaculture Group at CSTFA is engaged with Industry in Australia and internationally through direct partnerships and research, and training based on JCU campus and on-farms.

Current Research Projects

  • ARC Research Hub for advanced breeding to transform prawn aquaculture
  • Genetic diversity audit of farm held stock of greenlip and blacklip abalone
  • Development of advanced reproductive techniques to characterize infertility in Barramundi
  • ARC Linkage, Deciphering the molecular and environmental determinants of sex-change in barramundi
  • Growing a profitable, innovative, collaborative Yellowtail Kingfish industry: bringing 'white' fish to the market - RnD4Profit
  • ARC Linkage, Advanced animal breeding in aquaculture: using genome-wide molecular breeding values for rapid animal improvement in the Silver-lipped pearl oyster
  • ARC Linkage, High-throughput DNA sequencing facility at James Cook University
  • Expanding spiny lobster aquaculture in Indonesia
  • Eliminate factors inhibiting redclaw farming from reaching its full potential
  • Direct age determination with validation for commercially important Australian lobster and crab species (western, eastern, southern and ornate rock lobster, and crystal, Tasmanian giant and mud crab)
  • Dietary Protein and Energy Requirements of Group: Assessing SBM and SPC Utilization by Tiger Grouper and Establishing Baseline Nutritional Requirements for Humpback Grouper
  • Development of Soy Aquafeeds for Grouper
  • Review of Grouper Production Approaches and development of Targeted Soy-Optimized Diets For Key Grouper Species in Asia
  • Evaluation of Local and Imported Pacific Island Aquafeeds for Tilapia

Our Students

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Alyssa Budd

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Caroline Candebat

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Bill Chen

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Jarrod Guppy

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Adrien Marc

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Don McKnight

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Maria Nayfa

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Heather Robson

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Nga Vu

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Sandra Infante Villamil

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Jon Irish Aquino