Associate Professor Jennifer Cobcroft is the founding academic in aquaculture teaching and research at the Singapore campus of James Cook University (JCU). Previously, Jennifer consulted in the strategic planning of emerging aquaculture research opportunities in Australia, marine fish hatchery trouble-shooting (Australia, New Zealand, USA and Mexico), and in aquaculture development in eastern Africa (Tanzania and Kenya) and in South East Asia (Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and Singapore). She was the Secretary of the World Aquaculture Society (WAS) 2016-2018, and a former Board member of the Asian Pacific Chapter of WAS. Jennifer was previously a Research Fellow at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania, was leader of the Aquaculture Production Innovation Hub for the Australian Seafood CRC, and managed a large research and development program for hatchery production of southern bluefin tuna fingerlings in close association with industry.

Associate Professor Cobcroft actively engages in sharing research results and novel technologies with students, industry, and scientists through workshops and practical training. She is passionate about equipping students and doing research that both contribute to the sustainable and profitable growth of the aquaculture industry.

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 30+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Jennifer Cobcroft from 2001 onwards.

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Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Contract Research

Grouper nutrition review

Indicative Funding
$50,272 over 1 year
A new ACIAR Concept Note is in preparation for the continuation of ACIAR investment in hybrid grouper aquaculture in Vietnam (FIS/2020/106). In parallel with the development of the Concept Note that will include a high level approach to nutrition research, a desk-top review of existing research is needed to prepare a targeted and practical research focus for the grow-out nutrition component of the project. The frequency of publication of peer-reviewed articles in grouper nutrition is ever increasing and understanding the current status of research is critical in order to maximise ACIAR investment in this area. The review will inform the detail of the experimental approach in the next ACIAR project, which needs to be planned in advance of the project start to maximise outcomes (possible start in July 2021). In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented further scoping travel to Vietnam in the short-term which will necessitate careful remote planning with proposed research partners to identify the most appropriate research systems and resource requirements in Vietnam and Australia for this research component (to be considered in time for resource requirements to be included in the Concept Note submitted in June 2019).
Leo Nankervis and Jennifer Cobcroft (College of Science & Engineering)
Aquaculture; Vietnam; Grouper (Epinephelus sp); Marine Fish Hatcheries; Fish Nutrition; Developing Economies

Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research - Research Grant

Scoping study for hybrid grouper aquaculture production in Vietnam

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Travel to Vietnam to meet with R&D collaborators from government and industry to scope the R&D priorities in hybrid grouper aquaculture in Vietnam. For the scoping study ? total 10 days each for J Cobcroft and L Nankervis (2 days for background reading prior to the trip; 2 days travel between home base and Vietnam; 4 days scoping study meetings and information gathering with proposed team members and others in Vietnam; 2 days for writing-up scoping study report). After this scoping study, prepare the ACIAR Concept Proposal for submission by 30 June 2020, full proposal development and review July 2020 -April 2021, for successful proposal contracting by 30 June 2021 and project start 1 July 2021.
Jennifer Cobcroft and Leo Nankervis (College of Science & Engineering)
Aquaculture; Grouper; Fish nutrition; Vietnam; Marine fish hatcheries; Developing economies

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation - Annual Competitive Round

Workshop - Aquaculture opportunities in northern Australia: Solutions and Strategies

Indicative Funding
The CRCNA Aquaculture situational analysis project has successfully engaged a large number of stakeholders, on a business, sector or regional basis. This project is a facilitated stakeholder workshop that brings together the key stakeholders and enablers to (a) test, refine and gain buy-in for 'Vision 2028 for aquaculture in northern Australia' and (b) to prioritise recommendations to enable industry expansion. There are parallel strategies in develo0pment for the FRDC and its industry partners (Barramundi and Prawns, in particular, are develo9ping their 5 year plans, and the NAC is reinvigorating its strategic direction), and the workshop will support alignment and efficiencies.
Jennifer Cobcroft in collaboration with Jo-Anne Ruscoe, Kim Hooper and Dean Jerry (College of Science & Engineering, Australian Barramundi Farmers Association and Australian Prawn Farmers Association)
Northern Australia; Aquaculture

CRC for Developing Northern Australia Scheme - Expressions of Interest

Northern Aquaculture Industry Situational Analysis

Indicative Funding
$202,117 over 1 year
This project will identify key challenges and opportunities facing the North Australian aquaculture sector and explore potential solutions and/or identify the most strategic research projects for further investment. This will include and not be limited to: infrastructure, policy, investment, environmental, production, knoweldge, training and human capital gaps and the research or alternative solutions to address them. The project will be delivered through a literature review, development of the 'Northern aquaculture industry vision 2028' in consultation with indigenous and non-indigenous stakholders, desktop study and SWOT analysis, and the situational analysis report.
Dean Jerry, Jennifer Cobcroft, Kyall Zenger, Jan Strugnell, Amy Diedrich, Chaoshu Zeng, Rocky de Nys and Sandra Hughes in collaboration with Matthew Cook, Robert Bell, Jane Lovell, Wayne Hutchinson, Kim Hooper and Jo-Anne Ruscoe (College of Science & Engineering, JCU Singapore, College of Public Health, Medical & Vet Sciences, Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation, Blueshift Consulting, Seafood Industry Australia, Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, Australian Prawn Farmers Association and Australian Barramundi Farmers Association)
Northern Australia; Aquaculture

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