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The Status of key Australian fish stocks reports 2016 were prepared and managed by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), with endorsement by the Australian Fisheries Management Forum—comprising the heads of the fisheries management organisations in all Australian states and the Northern Territory.

Producing the 2016 Reports was a massive undertaking for the FRDC and its staff over the past eighteen months. Coordinating input, contributions and reviews from over 140 of Australia's leading scientists is like herding fish. Not a trivial undertaking.

Special acknowledgement needs to go to Dr Carolyn Stewardson who oversaw the development of the 83 species assessments and jurisdictional coordination.

At the data helm, overseeing the data and constructing the database that underpins the website, was technical genius Kyaw Kyaw Soe Hlaing, supported by Nicole Stubing.

The Statistical Working Group

The Statistical Working Group provided the FRDC data that underpins a large component of the assessments.

Contributing members included James Larcombe, Patty Hobsbawn and John Garvey (Commonwealth); Veronique Vanderklift (Western Australia); Shane Penny (Northern Territory); Nadia Engstrom and Ross Quinn (Queensland); David Makin and Karina Hall (New South Wales); Denise Garcia (Tasmania); John Vaytauer and Paula Baker (Victoria); Angelo Tsolos and Melleessa Boyle (South Australia) and Pamela Brodie (CSIRO).

In additional to the Statistical Working Group members, Robert Curtotti (Commonwealth), Thor Saunders (Northern Territory), Eva Lai (Western Australia), Corey Green (Victoria), Klaas Hartman (Tasmania) and Mike Steer (South Australia) contributed to the provision of data for their respective jurisdictions.


Species images were provided by FRDC and CSIRO.

Special thanks to William and Hannah Meppem and Joclyn McCahon and the team from Flipp for shooting the key species shots—they are great images. Lindsay Davidson for assistance with his digital design skills.

Website Development

Thanks to the many people on Adelphi Digital team for their assistance in the development of the new site.

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Contributing Jurisdictions

Preparing the Status of key Australian fish stocks reports is a large undertaking with many jurisdictions and agencies contributing both funds and researchers to complete the national assessments.

  • the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES);
  • the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania;
  • the Department of Primary Industries, New South Wales;
  • the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia;
  • the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Northern Territory;
  • the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources , Victoria;
  • the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia;
  • the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland; and


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