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Our Mission

Fish for People, Fish for the Environment, Fish for the Future

Image by Annie Guttridge

People living in balance between their needs, livelihoods, sustainability, and stewardship, so that sharks, rays, fish, fisheries, and their habitats, are responsibly managed and effectively maintained  for future generations.

Who we


The Fish and Fisheries (F&F) Lab is based at James Cook University (JCU) in northern Australia. For over 20 years, the F&F lab has carried out applied research to help guide fisheries management and marine park design and policy, with a particular focus on marine predators such as large fishes and sharks and rays. The lab includes a range of staff and students spread across various locations including the JCU Singapore Campus and the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture.

What we do

  • We do research on sharks, rays, fish, and fisheries to help people better manage their seas and oceans.

  • We help train, educate, and build future generations of fisheries and scientists and marine resource managers.

  • We help people to understand the value of sharks and rays, fish, and fisheries so that they can make informed choices about how they use and relate to the ocean.   




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Just out . . . 

New paper on how the luxury fish maw trade is driving shark overfishing in the Pacific.

Amepou, Y., Chin, A., Foale, S., Sant, G., Smailes, O., and Grant, M.I. (2024). Maw money, maw problems: A lucrative fish maw fishery in Papua New Guinea highlights a global conservation issue driven by Chinese cultural demand. Conservation Letters e13006

Click HERE to download the paper

What we're reading . . . 

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The F&F Lab is working with the Yuku Baja Muliku Traditional Owners in Cape York to help the community record and monitor their fisheries resources.



Video produced by the Yuku Baja Muliku Traditional Landowners


Contact us if you are interested in collaborating, developing projects that align with our vision and values, finding out about our research, or interested in higher education at James Cook University

College of Science and Engineering, Bldg 34
James Cook University 
Douglas, QLD 4810, AUSTRALIA

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