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The Status of Australian fish stocks reports 2020 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 2020 Reports was a massive undertaking for the FRDC and its staff over the past eighteen months. Coordinating input, contributions and reviews from over 100 of Australia's leading scientists is like herding fish. Not a trivial undertaking.

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

Dr Carolyn Stewardson, who has coordinated previous editions of the reports, generously shared her knowledge and experience during development of the current edition.

Species images were provided by FRDC, CSIRO, and other sources as acknowledged on individual photographs.

Special thanks to William and Hannah Meppem and Joclyn McCahon and the team from Flipp for shooting some of the key species shots. Lindsay Davidson is thanked for providing his digital design skills. The CSIRO National Fish Collection is thanked for allowing use of several photographs of its specimens.

FRDC production of figures and maps
Kyaw Kyaw Soe Hlaing and Dennis Payne

FRDC website development and data integrity checks
Kyaw Kyaw Soe Hlaing, Dennis Payne, Angela Tsang, Crispian Ashby, Nicole Stubing, Shania Miller

FRDC consistency and technical reviewers
Mr Crispian Ashby, Mr Matt Barwick, Mr Josh Fielding, Dr Chris Izzo, Dr Jennifer Marshall, Dr Toby Piddocke.

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Contributing Jurisdictions

Preparing the Status of 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 Primary Industries and Regional Development; Western Australia
  • the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Northern Territory;
  • the Victoria Fisheries Authority, Victoria;
  • the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia;
  • the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland; and
  • the CSIRO