Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture (CSTFA)

James Cook University

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CSTFA brings together a multidisciplinary team organised into 3 main Research Themes: aquatic food security and safety, novel aquatic products and applications, and human dimensions of aquatic resources and production. CSTFA aims to improve biological understanding of aquatic resources, through examination of the human systems that produce and consume aquatic food resources, and by restoring already degraded systems to re-establish their production potential.

Website https://www.jcu.edu.au/tropical-fisheries-and-aquaculture

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Aquatic food security and safety
  • Novel Aquatic products and applications
  • Human dimensions of aquatic resources and production
  • Aquatic animal health
  • Physiology, nutrition and post harvest technology
  • Aquaculture genetics
  • Marine Ornamental Breeding
  • Fisheries science
  • Macroalgae
  • Aquaculture production

Facilities and major equipment

  • The Orpheus Island Research Station
  • Marine and Aquaculture Rsearch Facility (MARFU)
  • Molecular ecology and evolution Laboratory (MEEL)
  • Advanced Analytical Centre (Cairns and Townsville)

Number of research staff

20-100 research staff


Building 34, 1 James Cook University, , Townsville, 4811

Lead researchers

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre
  • Australian Research Centre Industrial Transformation Research Hubs
  • Headquarters

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