The objective of the Seafood and Marine Products Program (Program 2), is to develop offshore aquaculture systems that provide viable and sustainable growth opportunities for this sector.
Commercialisation opportunities include novel aquaculture system designs for emerging species in collaboration with Program 1, and new seafood products, as well as the development of supply chain aquaculture activities (e.g. platform-based hatcheries and processing). Identification and development of premium export products and new export markets will ensure the expectations of high end-users are met.
Advanced understanding of- and industry-ready knowledge to improve- fish biological performance in offshore environments. This will include operational guidelines and protocols, tools (models) to compare production, policy recommendations, and environment and food safety across multiple species and tailored to offshore sites. This knowledge will be translated in the form of an online tool that lists suitable species and the likely production benefits from the adoption of advanced production approaches.
A framework for integrating production and engineering technologies that advances overall productivity of seafood marine products. This will be in the form of a matrix that trades off the complexity of physical platforms and maximises the recovery of nutrients and nutritional material. It will also include the development of operational guidelines and protocols, policy recommendations, and a suite of information material.
Platform to underpin the value and promotion of seafood from new aquaculture systems. This will be based on providing evidence to support operational arrangements. New species will achieve high value in the marketplace, based on attributes such as sustainability, animal welfare improvements, and nutritional value. Consumer confidence will be enhanced through certification schemes.