At IMAS, our fisheries research supports the long-term sustainable harvest of wild marine resources both nationally and internationally.

Much of our research is directed at the management of coastal and temperate fisheries, especially in Tasmania where we collaborate with the Tasmanian State Government in the Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration Agreement.

We also conduct research on fisheries beyond Tasmania's temperate waters, with research including: 

  • global conflicts and its impact on fishing
  • economic benefits of fishing
  • integrations of ecosystem indicators into fishery decision-making

We put significant emphasis on understanding the optimal balance between resource sustainability and economic productivity.

Our fisheries research disciplines include:

  • Ecosystem effects and interactions
  • Global seafood trends
  • Recreational and traditional fisheries
  • Recruitment dynamics

Our research supports key commercial and recreational fisheries in Tasmania, including Abalone, Lobster, Octopus, Scalefish and Scallops, as well as ecosystem and fisheries management.

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Authorised by the Executive Director, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
February 11, 2020