Abalone Industry Reinvestment Fund (AIRF)

​Status: CLOSED (31 July 2020)
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Overview

​​​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.
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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. Please go to the AIRF page for more information. 

AIRF Funding Recipients 

​​​Successful Projects - AIRF Funding
Status ​Funding Round​​​
Effect of Temperature of Abalone Conditions as a Function of Season, Location and Rate of Change
Current
​2020
Tasmanian Commercial Dive Industry - Centrostephanus industry short film 
​Current
2020​
National quality of kelp as a key driver of commercial abalone productivity
​​Current
2020​
Understanding Centrostephanus - Age, Growth and Size of Maturity
Current​2020​
Babel Island take-all research support
Current ​2020​
Mapping abalone habitat impacted by Centrostephanus on the east coast of Tasmania
​Current
2020​

​Risk profile for the paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) from Alexandrium cantenella in Tasmanian Sea Urchins 
​Current 
​2020 & 2019
​Hit Them While They're Down 2020 Centro Cull
​Current
​2020
Completed​​2019​
Centrostephanus Exhibition​
​Current
​2019
Resetting urchin barrens: liming as a rapid widespread urchin removal tool
​Current 
​2019
​Commercial upscaling of urchin fertiliser​​
​Current 
​2019
Modelling the fine-scale dispersal of Centrostephanus rodgersii larvae​ 
Current​2019​
Centrostephanus Response Strategy
Current​2019​
​Effects of Urchin fishing on Urchin population and kelp recovery
​Current 
​2019
​Babel Island Group (including Babel, Cat, Stonehouse Island)​
​Completed 
​2020
​​Decadal re-survey of long-term lobster experimental sites to inform Centrostephanus control 
Completed​
2019​
Centro Cull The Southern Front​
​Completed
2019​

 Summary of Successful Projects - 2020 AIRF Funding Round (PDF 241Kb)

 Summary of Successful Projects - 2019 AIRF Funding Round (PDF 264Kb)​

Please go to the AIRF Project page for further project progress updates. For more information about the overall Centrostephanus response strategy, go to the Long Spined Sea Urchin Strategy page


For further information, please contact Ms Vicki Wilshaw on (03)  616 53047.



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