Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund (AIRF)

​​The Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund (AIRF) is an allocation of $5.1 million over 5 years funded under the Government's "Taking Seafood to the Next Level" initiative.

The AIRF is designed to support and increase the sustainability and productivity of the abalone fishery both biologically and economically while also addressing the impacts of the long spined sea urchin (Centrostephanus) to the marine environment.
As part of these objectives the fund will: 
  • support projects to increase abalone stock rates, including larval seeding; and
  • support projects to reduce the long spined sea urchin population on the East Coast
​The fund is administered by the AIRF committee which consists of membership from the Tasmanian Abalone Council (TACL), the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE) with advice provided by the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies from the University of Tasmania.  The AIRF Committee is chaired by Dr Ian Dutton, Director, Marine Resources.

Expressions of interest for project funding

The AIRF is now calling for applications for a project grant for the 2020 funding round.

Project must align with the objectives of the AIRF, and additional guidance on areas of priority are provided below. 

Key areas for further projects which AIRF may support include:

  • Recovering/rebuilding abalone stocks (ecology & system processes, strategies & objectives);
  • Opportunities/methodologies for abalone stock enhancement;
  • Abalone chain of supply and market/product development;
  • Effects of global warming on abalone and associated habitat;
  • Habitat/Centrostephanus survey and mapping;
  • Monitoring/measuring habitat and abalone recovery;
  • Mitigation measures for Centrostephanus including physical intervention;
  • Deeper water urchin management - extraction and destruction;
  • Fishery development (Centrostephanus);
  • Market development and product diversification (Centrostephanus);
  • Public outread and communications;
  • Centrostephanus dispersal and movement.

Application assessment process

The Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund (AIRF) has approved a number of projects to further the objectives of the AIRF as an initial portfolio of projects.
Future AIRF website updates will include further details of projects supported by the AIRF as well as progress in development of the overall Centrostephanus response strategy and public engagement opportunities. 

How to apply for a project grant

The pro forma “Application for a Project Grant" must be used for all applications for the 2020 funding round.

Applications open on 18 June 2020, the closing date for applications for the 2020 funding round is 31 July 2020.

A round of assessment will then be progressed by the AIRF.  There is no onus on the AIRF to fund any particular project.  The AIRF may seek to support a suite of projects across the priority areas - meaning quality projects in other areas may not be funded.  However, the annual funding pool is limited and projects across the portfolio are sought.  Applicants may be asked to provide additional information or detail around any application.

Applications should be forwarded to:

Attention:  Vicki Waters
AIRF Executive:  AIRF 2020 Funding Round
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
Marine Resources
GPO Box 44
Hobart  Tasmania,  7001


Email:   AIRF@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Enquires may be made to Ms Vicki Waters  Ph   616 53047

  AIRF 2020 Funding Round Priorities   (301Kb)

  Application for a Project Grant   (151Kb)


Greg Ryan
Phone: (03) 6165 3028
Email: greg.ryan@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

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