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Jonas Woolford

Nuffield Australia 2017 Scholarship winner


Jonas Woolford, from Streaky Bay (near Port Lincoln) in South Australia, receives a 2017 Nuffield Scholarship supported by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and Nuffield South Australia.  He will investigate the worlds wild abalone fisheries and their utilisation of stock enhancement.

Jonas’ family company harvests wild abalone in the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia.  They own two (36 tonne) licenses out of 22 (405 tonne) in the western zone abalone fishery. Their abalone gets processed and then exported to South East Asia, mainly Hong Kong.

Jonas’ research will be particularly significant for the potential of South Australia’s abalone industry to grow, and provide premium abalone, in an environmentally sustainable way for Australians and the strong demand in East Asia.

“Exploring the worlds wild harvest abalone fisheries that are far older than ours and hearing the lessons learned from their management strategies and how they have utilised stock enhancement to sustain their harvests will give an insight as to the best methods to apply in Australia,” Jonas believes.

Jonas balances the time that it takes for his family to harvest their abalone quota with undertaking a variety of voluntary seafood industry representative roles.

He will travel to New Zealand, Hong Kong, Japan, USA, Mexico and South Africa.


Location: Streaky Bay, South Australia
Mobile: 0419 280 577
Scholarship report:
Returning Scholar presentation: Watch video

Jonas Woolford is supported by:

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