The Fisheries Program brokers research partnerships that improve fishers’ livelihoods from productive aquatic farming systems and sustainable wild-catch fisheries.
The Program’s focus is on small-scale artisanal fisheries and low-technology aquaculture methods suitable for both men and women, and includes research on post-harvest processing and trade along the supply chain.
The Fisheries Program also invests in a small number of ‘big challenge’ and emerging-needs research initiatives that address important priorities for our partner countries.
It aims to improve food security and human health by making food systems and policies more nutrition-sensitive through research on sustainable food systems and fish’s contributions to human nutrition, health and wellbeing.
Another key goal of the Program is improved sustainability of fish resources, providing economic and social benefits through research on viable fisheries-management policies, both for artisanal fishery communities and for national or export fisheries sectors.
A further objective of the Fisheries Program is improved gender equality, empowerment and household income for women through research on small businesses and collective enterprises to meet market demand.
It also has the intention of strengthening the capacity of fisheries researchers (both Australian and partners) and fisheries managers through better knowledge of practice-based education and training.
Research Program Manager: Dr Ann Fleming