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SA Institutes Lead Multi-million Dollar Cooperative Research Centre Bid

MEDIA RELEASE 30 August 2006

Adelaide’s Flinders University, South Australian Research and Development Institute, the University of Adelaide and other collaborators interstate are spearheading a bid to establish a $135 million Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (CRC).

“The unprecedented $100 million support committed by participants, particularly in the form of cash from industry indicates the high level of confidence in the CRC bid”, said Mr Peter Dundas-Smith, Chairman of the Start Up Consortium.

The proposal to the Australian Government is responding to industry demand for improved profitability and industry growth, and stands to benefit the Australian economy by more than $2.4 billion over 10 years.

Backed by their outstanding research record in aquaculture, fisheries, seafood science and human health, the partners are cooperating under the umbrella of the State Government’s Marine Innovations South Australia (MISA) initiative. 

Announcing the bid at the Skretting Australasian Aquaculture conference in Adelaide, Dr. Graham Mair, aquaculture specialist of Flinders University said, “The CRC will be able to produce market-driven solutions for industry growth and profitability.” He indicated that multiple researchers from the SA institutions, including representatives of two of Flinders internal research centres, the Flinders Research Centre for Coastal Catchment Environments and Flinders Bioknowledge, would be involved in a wide range of research projects.

Dr. Mair and SARDI’s Seafood Product Quality and Value adding expert Dr. John Carragher will lead the CRC’s value chain profitability Programme.  This Programme aims to improve the volume, efficiency and quality of seafood production and processing, develop innovative technologies and enhance understanding of seafood markets. 

Prof. Robert Gibson, Chair of Functional Foods from the University of Adelaide will lead a further research program on Health Benefits of Seafood which will increase consumer demand for seafood based on their improved recognition of the complete nutritional value of seafood.

The MISA institutions will also play important roles in the CRC’s Product Quality and Integrity Programme to increase the accessibility of Australian seafood to premium markets. The Education and Training Programme will include significant numbers of post-graduate researchers and contribute to skills and capacity training for industry participants.

Nationally, there will be 40 research providers, governments and industry partners in the CRC representing an unprecedented level of collaboration in the seafood industry.

Dr Graham Mair
Ph: +61 8 8207 5968
Email: graham.mair@flinders.edu.au
Mr Peter Dundas-Smith
Ph: +61419 628 500
Email: pds@dundas-smith.net
Dr John Carragher
Ph: +61 8 8207 5440
Email: john.carragher@saugov.sa.gov.au
Prof Bob Gibson
Email: robert.gibson@adelaide.edu.au