Craig Lawrence

Dr

  • UWA Aquaculture Laboratory, UWA Field Station Shenton Park

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Biography

From 1992 - 2019 I led the Government of Western Australia's Department of Fisheries Aquaculture and Fish Production Research. This involved a broad research portfolio including; fish production, aquaculture, system design, industry extension, facility management, recreational fisheries, biodiversity, biosecurity and breeding endangered species.

I was also responsible for the two major aquaculture research facilities in Western Australia; the Department of Fisheries Pemberton Freshwater Research Centre, which is the largest fish hatchery in the state, with an annual production of over 1 million fish per year and a recreational stocking program of 650,000 fish per year; and The University of Western Australia's Aquaculture Laboratory, which is the largest recirculating aquaculture system in WA, where we undertake more complex and technically challenging research.

In my spare time, I supervise a couple of UWA Hons and PhD students at the UWA Aquaculture Laboratory. I also provide high level R&D advice to  companies, universities and governments that are undertaking industry research trials and commercialisation of research.

Specialties:
Designing and leading large scale multidisciplinary research projects
Aquaculture (e.g husbandry, reproduction, selective breeding, feeds, system design)
Fish and crustacean reproductive physiology
Recreational stocking
Fish conservation breeding programs
Fish stocking for control of mosquito borne diseases
Aquaculture feasibility studies & problem solving

Craig was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology in 2014. He has received the Western Australian Premier’s Award a few times including: winning the Innovation Category (2002), high commendation: Services to Regional and Remote Communities Category (2002), and was part of the team that won Managing the Environment Category (2012).

Funding overview

1991: $10,000 Industry Research and Development Contract (Co-investigator) “Investigations of fish pond filtration systems and feed conversion ratios in goldfish and koi carp aquaculture”

1994: $473,000 FRDC Project 94/075 (Principal Investigator) “Enhancement of yabby production from farm dams”

1997: $701,000 FRDC Project 97/319 (Principal Investigator)“Feeding and management practices to enhance yabby production from farm dams”

1998: $40,485 ADF Project (Principal Investigator) “Western Australian yabby virus health survey”

1998: $97,549 ADF Project (Principal Investigator) “Morphology and incidence of yabby burrows in Western Australian farm dams”

1998: $119,510 ADF and FRDC Project 97/319.02 (Principal Investigator) “Yabby hybrid growout experiment”

2000: $258 522 ADF Project (Co-investigator) “UWA freshwater aquaculture ponds for collaborative research between industry, university and government”

2000: $3,706,780 FRDC Project 2000/215 (Principal Investigator) “Improved performance of marron using genetic and pond management strategies”

2002: $20,822 Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (Co-investigator) “Development of an international centre for aquaculture genetics and enhancement of a selective breeding program for the commercial production of freshwater crayfish in Australia”

2005: $204,607 South West Catchments Council NHT (Principal Investigator) “Assisting Recovery actions for the Margaret River Marron (Cherax tenuimanus)”

2009: $29,781 Water Corporation (Principal Investigator) “Aquatic Fauna Biological Survey Ten Mile Brook Dam, Margaret River”

2010: $350,000 State NRM Program (NRM Project 09022) (Principal Investigator) “Native fish hatchery production”

2010: $500,000 State NRM Program (NRM Project 09039) (Principal Investigator) “Preserving native fish biodiversity”

2012: $850,000 State NRM Program (NRM Project 12035) (Principal Investigator) “Conserving freshwater fish in southwest Western Australia”

2016: $47,775 Department of Health Funding Initiative for Mosquito Management in Western Australia (FIMMWA) grant (Principal Investigator) “Mosquito larvae predation by fish from the Mandurah Peel-Harvey region”

2018: $422,103 FRDC Project 2016-114 (Co-investigator - Leader : trout and barramundi nutrition trials at UWA Aquaculture Laboratory)                        “Insect protein for aquaculture feed”

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Aquaculture, PhD

Award Date: 5 Apr 2001

Aquaculture, MSc, University of Stirling

Award Date: 1 Nov 1992

Marine Biology, P.Grad.Dip, Curtin University

Award Date: 1 Dec 1989

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