Dr Clive Jones is internationally recognised for his aquaculture research and technology development, with a primary focus on marine rock lobster and freshwater crayfish aquaculture. Dr Jones’ 37 years of professional experience have equipped him with an exceptional skillset through research project leadership, building research teams to address industry development objectives across all necessary biological disciplines, bio-economics, social science, marketing and policy development. His work engages him with small-holder practitioners, medium and large scale commercial operators, government and University research organisations and senior government officials, to deliver practical solutions that enable industry development and growth. Dr Jones has secured more than $10 million in external funding for the projects he has led and participated in, delivered in Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka. He has published more than 230 scientific articles.

His current research focus is on development of rock lobster farming in Indonesia and the Philippines, improvement of nursery technology for redclaw freshwater crayfish in Australia and development of culture-based fisheries for giant freshwater prawns in Sri Lanka.

Dr Jones has a special interest in developing aquaculture opportunities for Australian Indigenous communities using rock lobsters and freshwater crayfish as target species.

He works closely with industry with a strong, successful track record in technology transfer from research to commercial production, bolstered in particular by an ability to communicate effectively at scientific, farmer, government and corporate levels. Dr Jones’ greatest motivation is from working with village-based, small-holder farmers in Asia to improve their lives and livelihoods.

  • Tropical Rock Lobster Aquaculture
  • Redclaw freshwater crayfish aquaculture
  • 2000 to 2012 - Senior Principal Scientist - Aquaculture, Queensland Department of Primary Industries (Northern Fisheries Centre, Cairns)
  • 1992 to 1999 - Senior Fisheries Scientist - Aquaculture, Queensland Department of Primary Industries (Freshwater Fisheries & Aquaculture Centre, Walkamin)
  • 1990 to 1991 - Production Manager, Farmer Johnson Redclaw Farm (Innisfail)
  • 1988 to 1989 - Fisheries Biologist - Redclaw Aquaculture, Queensland Department of Primary Industries (Freshwater Fisheries & Aquaculture Centre, Walkamin)
  • 1982 to 1987 - Fisheries Biologist - Trawl Fisheries, Queensland Department of Primary Industries (Northern Fisheries Centre, Cairns)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2010 - Finalist - Queensland Premiers Award 'Strong' Category for Tropical Rock Lobster Aquaculture
  • 2007 - Seafood Services Australia, Research and Development Award for Tropical Rock Lobster Aquaculture
  • 2004 - Australian Academy of Science, Scientific Visit Fellowship to Mexico

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 55+ research outputs authored by Dr Clive Jones from 1982 onwards.

Current Funding

Current and recent Research Funding to JCU is shown by funding source and project.

ACIAR - Research Grant

Improved productivity and efficiency of the culture based fishery for giant freshwater prawn in Sri Lankan reservoirs.

Indicative Funding
$1,950,000 over 4 years
Productivity of the fisheries resources of Sri Lankan reservoirs has been improved through application of culture based fishery (CFB) practices. In addition to a variety of finfish that serve to provide protein to local communities, the addition of stocked giant freshwater prawn (GFP)-Macrobrachium rosenbergii, has added significant value, due to high market price, 10 times higher than that of finfish. Currently, the GFP are captured as a bycatch to finfish and the stocking practices are ad-hoc, resulting in very low yield per seed prawn stocked. The fishery is managed as a single multi-species fishery, and although the project will focus on research of GFP, some aspects of the research will involve the entire fishery, particularly modelling of stocking and yields. This will provide benefits for production of all species, with an emphasis on enhancement of GFP production through specific research of stocking practices, production dynamics, harvest and socio-economic aspects 0of the fishery and the supply chain.
Clive Jones and Amy Diedrich in collaboration with Asanka Jayasinghe, Dileepa De Croos and Asoka Jayasinghe (College of Science & Engineering, University of Ruhuna Faculty of Science, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka and National Aquaculture Development Authority)
Macrobrachium rosenbergii (Palaemonidae); reservoir fisheries; Aquaculture; culture-based fishery

Anindilyakwa Land Council - Contract Research

Lobster Aquaculture Groote Eylandt Phase 1

Indicative Funding
The project seeks to assess and develop tropical rock lobster aquaculture on Groote Eylandt. Phase 1 will quantitatively assess the local resource of naturally settling post-larval lobsters. If the seed lobsters are available, Phase 2 will comprise development of nursery and grow out of the lobsters. The project includes aspects of resource assessment, training, production technology extension, social science, economics and marketing.
Clive Jones (College of Science & Engineering)
Panulirus ornatus (Palinuridae); Aquaculture; Puerulus

ACIAR - Contract Research

ACIAR Lobster Nutrition Review

Indicative Funding
A new ACIAR scoping project is being prepared in support of possible new ACIAR investment in tropical rock lobster (Panulirus homarus and Panulirus ornatus) aquaculture in Indonesia. A thorough review of literature is proposed in order to prepare for the nutrition and feeds development component of the project, ensuring that we apply the learnings from previous projects and current scientific literature. The review will inform the detail of the experimental approach in a proposed new ACIAR project, which will benefit from advanced planning prior to the project start to maximise outcomes (possible start in July 2021). In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented any scoping travel to Indonesia in the short-term, providing opportunity to complete a review and facilitating best use of resources once the project starts.
Leo Nankervis and Clive Jones (College of Science & Engineering)
Aquaculture; Indonesia; Lobster (Panulirus sp); Developing Economies; Crustacean nutrition; Review

ACIAR - Research Grant

Development of a culture based fishery for giant freshwater prawn in Sri Lankan reservoirs

Indicative Funding
$249,490 over 3 years
Giant freshwater prawn (GFWP) - Macrobrachium rosenbergii is a high value aquaculture species suited to culture-based fishery stocking into reservoirs in Sri Lanka. The project will develop a science based stocking strategy of hatchery reared juvenile prawns, to improve the yields of GFWP in reservoirs and design and use of fishing gear that will prevent damage to the animals. Socio-economic research will lead to a better understanding of the value chain to enable further improvements to the fishery. The research will ensure the fishery is profitable, efficient and sustainable in the long term. The research is part of an ACIAR Small Research Activity (SRA) that will form the basis of a larger, full four year project to follow on in 2019.
Clive Jones in collaboration with Sena De Silva, Hiranya Wijenayake, Asoka Mudalige and Gamini Senayake (College of Science & Engineering, Pisces, Wayamba University of Sri Lanka, National Aquaculture Development Authority and Ruhuna University)
Macrobrachium rosenbergii (Palaemonidae); reservolir fisheries; aquaculture; Culture-based fishery

ACIAR - Research Grant

Expanding spiny lobster aquaculture in Indonesia

Indicative Funding
$1,870,638 over 5 years
Project will provide research and extension to support expansion and increased productivity for spiny lobster aquaculture in Indonesia. Research will focus on improving survival and growth of lobsters from capture of natural seed through to market size, particularly through improved nutrition, husbandry and disease management. Extension will focus on demonstration of best practice to farmers. Impact will be on men, women and children in impoverished coastal communities. Some research will be conducted in Vietnam and Australia, with a view to improving sustainability of lobster farming in Vietnam and exploring opportunity for establishing Indigenous lobster aquaculture enterprises in Australia.
Clive Jones (College of Science & Engineering)
Spiny Lobster; aquaculture

AgriFutures Australia - Research Grant

Eliminate factors inhibiting redclaw farming from reaching its full potential

Indicative Funding
$118,715 over 5 years (administered by North Queensland Crayfish Farmers Association)
The NQCFA have successfully established hatchery technology that enables routine production of third stage juveniles (craylings) for stocking to grow out ponds. Survival of craylings to harvest (9-12 months) is approximately 50%. NQCFA have sought assistance of JCU to address this issue and guide a series of experiments to answer key questions. The research aims to identify causes of mortality, determine when it occurs, and to develop strategies to minimise it.
Clive Jones and Colin Valverde (College of Science & Engineering)
Redclaw; Hatchery; Cherax quadricarinatus (Parastacidae); Survival

These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Identify Factors Influencing the Variability of Survivorship of Juvenile Red Claw Crayfish Cherax quadricarinatus (PhD , Primary Advisor)

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