Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI)

The tasmanian aquaculture and fisheries institute (TAFI) is one example of the research being done to develop and manage Tasmania’s resources in a sustainable way.

The waters off the Tasmanian coast are rich in many species of fish, crayfish, abalone and other shellfish. The export and local consumption of this produce is an important factor in the Tasmanian economy.

TAFI was established in 1998 as a joint venture between the University of Tasmania and the Tasmanian Government, utilising the expertise and facilities of the Department of Primary Industries and Water. The applied research done by TAFI supports industry and ensures that Tasmania’s marine ecology remains healthy.

TAFI is a stand-alone institute within the University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Measuring size of crab
Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute is at the forefront of ocean research. © TAFI

Their team of divers operate from a 20-metre research vessel and several smaller craft. TAFI has well-equipped facilities at the Marine Research Laboratories near Hobart and also works with the School of Aquaculture at the Launceston campus of the University of Tasmania and the School of Zoology at the Hobart campus.

TAFI researcher
Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute conducts essential research to ensure that the Tasmanian fishing industry is sustainable. © TAFI

For related information see fish and marine resources page.