Northern Australia aquaculture industry situational analysis study

Reference number
CRCNA funding
Total project value
Project length
12 months
Finish date
Project Status
Project Manager
Carla Keith


  • James Cook University
  • Blueshift Consulting
  • Australian Barramundi Farmers Association
  • Australian Prawn Farmers Association
  • Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation


This project will identify key challenges and opportunities facing the northern Australian aquaculture sector and will explore potential solutions and/or identify the most strategic research projects for further investment.

This situational analysis study will examine current industry characteristics, including industry size, production, income, productivity measures and employment levels to understand capacity and scalability limitations. It will include, but not be limited to examining: infrastructure, biosecurity, animal health management, the investment landscape, policy, training and human capital gaps and the research or alternative solutions to address them.

A Northern Aquaculture Industry Vision 2028 will also be developed as part of this study. This vision and strategy will be developed in collaboration with indigenous and non-indigenous stakeholders including industry associations, Aquaculture farmers, researchers, government and non-government organisations via a series of focus group sessions.

Expected outcomes