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), Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) 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​​​
​Undertake a feasibility study into a long-spined sea urchin removal by volunteers (NRM South)
Completed​2021
Effect of Temperature of Abalone Conditions as a Function of Season, Location and Rate of Change (IMAS)
Current
​2020
Tasmanian Commercial Dive Industry - Centrostephanus industry short film ​(TCDA)
​Current
2020​
Nutritional quality of kelp as a key driver of commercial abalone productivity (IMAS)
​​Current
2020​
​Understanding Centrostephanus - Age, Growth and Size of Maturity (IMAS)
Current​2020​
Babel Island take-all research support (IMAS)
Current ​2020​
​Mapping abalone habitat impacted by Centrostephanus on the east coast of Tasmania (IMAS)
​Completed
2020​

​Risk profile for the paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) from Alexandrium cantenella in Tasmanian Sea Urchins (IMAS)
​Current 
​2020
Hit Them While They're Down 2020 Centro Cull (J Huddlestone)
Completed​​2019​

​Centr​​ostephanus Exhibition​ (IMAS)

​Completed
​2019

​Resettin​​g urchin barrens: liming as a rapid widespread urchin removal tool (IMAS)

Completed
​2019
Commercial upscaling of urchin fertiliser​​ (IMAS)
​Current 
​2019
Modelling the fine-scale dispersal of Centrostephanus rodgersii larvae​ (IMAS)
Current​2019​
Centrostephanus Response Strategy (CSIRO)
Current​2019​
​Effects of Urchin fishing on Urchin population and kelp recovery (IMAS)
​Current 
​2019
​Babel Island Group (including Babel, Cat, Stonehouse Island)​ (TCDA)
​Completed 
​2020
​​Decadal re-survey of long-term lobster experimental sites to inform Centrostephanus control (IMAS)
Completed​
2019​

​Centro Cull The So​uthern Front​ (J Huddleston)

​Comp​​leted

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Contact

Principal Fisheries Management Officer (Dive Fisheries)
Matt Bradshaw
Level 3, 134 Macquarie Street
GPO Box 44
HOBART TAS 7001
Phone: 0457 097 534
Email: matt.bradshaw@nre.tas.gov.au