Thirty years of professional scientific research experience have equipped Dr Clive Morris Jones with a skill set comprising research project leadership including research planning, experimentation, scientific rigour and publication; team leadership and staff development; academic teaching and post-graduate supervision; budget planning and management; commercialisation, including business planning, financial modelling and intellectual property management and security; cross-cultural awareness and community development.

His scientific expertise is in tropical aquaculture, both marine and freshwater, and covering several commercially significant crustacean and fish species.

Clive's technical expertise is with aquaculture production technology and biology of aquaculture species, particularly marine rock lobster (Panulirus ornatus), redclaw crayfish (Cherax quadricarinatus) and eels (Anguilla species). His research experience has focussed on an applied approach to generating practical, industry relevant outcomes. He works closely with industry, and have a strong, successful track record in technology transfer from research to commercial production, bolstered in particular by an ability to communicate effectively at scientific, production and business levels. Since 2004 he has worked on collaborative projects in Vietnam and Indonesia and have significant experience in transfer of technology to village-based farmers.

Dr Jones' publication record comprises 32 papers published in refereed journals, 20 as senior author; three books and 7 book chapters published on lobster and crayfish biology and aquaculture. Over 160 articles published in industry magazines, newsletters conference proceedings and government reports regarding crustacean biology and aquaculture.

In April 2013, Clive left a position as Senior Principal Scientist with Queensland Government to join James Cook University as a Principal Research Fellow. At JCU he plans to continue research and development projects concerning marine rock lobster aquaculture in Vietnam, Indonesia and in Australian Indigenous communities, while developing new research projects in tropical marine and freshwater crustacean biology.

  • 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)
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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 47+ 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

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

Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation - 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

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Research & Development Funding - Research Grant

Direct age determination with validation for commercially important Australian lobster and crab species (western, eastern, southern and ornate rock lobster, and crystal, Tasmanian giant and mud crab)

Indicative Funding
$2,302 (administered by Southern Cross University)
Age information for commercially important crustaceans is necessary for calculating growth, mortality, recruitment and productivity, and is a critical component for any sustainable fisheries management plan. Until recently, direct age determination was considered impossible for crustaceans and only indirect methods existed (e.g. size frequency distributions). However, recent research has demonstrated that direct age determination of crustaceans is possible. Clear growth marks have been identified in gastric ossicles from several key Australian species. This project will produce validated ages for several crustacean species, across their full size range and in climatic regions other than the cool temperate conditions assessed previously. Validated age information will facilitate the sustainable management of Australia's crustaceans fisheries. This component managed by JCU will examine the tropical rock lobster Panulirus ornatus.
Clive Jones in collaboration with Jesse Leland (College of Science & Engineering and Southern Cross University)
Lobster; Growth; Panulirus ornatus (Palinuridae); Ageing

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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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