Tasmanian Fisheries and Aquaculture Research (SMRCA)

Our Research

As a research institute of excellence in temperate marine research, IMAS works in collaboration with the Tasmanian Government to ensure Tasmania's marine resources and industries are sustainably developed and managed.

Fishing boatsAs partners in the Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration Agreement (SMRCA) with the State Government, the University of Tasmania and IMAS aim to:

For further information you can read our Strategic Plan 2017-2021, search our Fisheries Assessments or see what projects we have underway.


Featured video - World class fisheries and aquaculture research at IMAS

IMAS researchers and industry stakeholders talk about the world class fisheries and aquaculture research carried out by IMAS through the University of Tasmania's collaboration agreement with the Tasmanian Government.


Featured video - IMAS Recreational fisheries research

In this video, IMAS scientist Dr. Sean Tracey explains how linking in with the recreational fishing community benefits science and sustainable management of the fishery. Fishers care about the sustainability of the recreational fishing industry because they know the importance of ensuring there are plenty of fish left to catch tomorrow, next year, and decades into the future.


Featured video - Macquarie Harbour environmental monitoring

In this video, IMAS researcher Dr Jeff Ross describes the important natural features of Tasmania's Macquarie Harbour, the environmental responses to salmon farming, and the role that science is playing in determining the level of farming that is ecologically sustainable in the harbour into the future.


Featured video - Oysters in Hot Water

Along with Tasmanian oyster farmers and the Tasmanian Government, IMAS is doing vital work to help tackle devastating outbreaks of the Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome (POMS) in Tasmania. This video features researcher Dr Sarah Ugalde, who this summer worked with her IMAS colleagues Dr Christine Crawford and Lewis Christensen on a number of research projects aimed at improving understanding of the disease and developing the most effective responses to it.


Featured video - Data collection by lobster fishers - improving stock modelling and management

This IMAS project that aims to protect the southern rock lobster industry against the growing and severe problem of harmful algal blooms.  The first economic and social assessment report of Tasmanian fisheries released recently noted the rapid expansion in economic yield and market capitalisation of the lobster industry over the last 6 years.  Bioeconomic modelling was used to develop targets in the harvest strategy in 2011 with capitalisation growing from ~$200 million in 2012 to almost $1 billion today.  This type of modelling was only possible because of the extensive data collection program run through IMAS with a huge input from many fishers – as featured in this video.


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Tagged abalone

Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
October 10, 2018