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The Status of Australian fish stocks reports 2018 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 2018 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 120 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 Dennis Payne, Nicole Stubing and Crispian Ashby.


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.;

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, Catherine Ruscoe, Shania Miller, Natasha Zivkovic

FRDC consistency and technical reviewers

Dr Carolyn Stewardson, Andrew Penney (Pisces Australis Pty Ltd) and Kevin McLoughlin

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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 Primary Industry and Resources, 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
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