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Workshop Session Descriptions

The following eight (8) ideas for Workshops have been supported by the Committee and included in the provisional program.

Delegates can book to attend these workshops during the Registration Process

Non-delegates can attend these workshops for $50 each. To register for a workshop only Click Here

Health - Biosecurity

The health theme within the International Abalone Symposium will include a workshop on bio-security issues of concern to both the farmed and wild abalone sectors. Following the emergence of abalone viral ganglioneuritis (AVG), caused by Abalone herpesvirus, in Australia and other countries, both the wild-catch and aquaculture sectors have become acutely aware of bio-security issues for their industry. It has been a steep learning curve for many. Thus, using AVG as an example of a significant disease threat, this workshop will provide a forum for discussing bio-security issues of concern to industry and regulators.

Biosecurity principles and practice: Applying the theory to aquaculture and fisheries
Kevin Ellard

The Tasmanian Abalone Biosecurity Project: Implementation phase 1, biosecurity strategies for Tasmanian abalone processing premises

Kevin Ellard*, Travis Baulch

Developing biosecurity systems to facilitate safe trade in live abalone
Marty Deveney

Facilitator: Mark Crane

Spatial management and assessment

Matching the management of an exploited species to its biology/ecology is recognised as an appropriate goal in fishery management. However, adoption of management and stock assessment practices that are in keeping with current knowledge of the biology/ecology of commercially harvested abalone is slow. Management and assessment of most abalone fisheries is unfortunately more consistent with management of pelagic species.
A Key failing in management of most abalone fisheries is a mis-match between the scale at which stocks are assessed, and at which the fishery is managed and the scale of biological/ecological processes. A range of strategies have been trialled and/or are in development – but there is not yet consensus on the optimal scale of assessment, or the optimal scale of management. Optimal strategies must consider the biology/ecology, practicalities of implementation and operational considerations of the catching sector.
Recognising that assessment of stocks is a distinct issue from management of stocks, this workshop provides an opportunity for managers, industry and researchers to discuss issues such as;

Facilitator: Craig Mundy


Seabased culture

Seabased culture carries significant advantages and disadvantages in comparison to onshore operations
.Historically, a range of adhoc solutions to seabased abalone farming worldwide have been tried and many have fallen by the wayside.
So how do you ensure a successful operation?
The answers are far from simple and the solutions are often developed in isolation. The aim of this workshop is to explore some of the solutions to extreme conditions ranging from 12.5m tides and 10m+ waves to sheltered channels between islands and all points in between.These solutions are essentially practical ones but based on sound science, and that joint approach is the theme of the workshop. Examples of working equipment  will be present and additional materials including ‘warts and all’ photographs (we have all made mistakes) would be very welcomed.

‘Extreme Abalone Farming?’ A shore based 3Tpa Abblox ring with Ostrea edulis polyculture  in the centre. 12m tidal range exposure to SW-W 3000 miles+(prevailing wind direction) .Seawater temperature range 6.5-22C. Max current 45cm/s.Strongest recorded winds on site  steady 150kph gust 200kph (damage occurred). Click here for a larger image.

Facilitators encourage the sharing of knowledge and experiences and solutions to common problems. Please to not hesitate to contact Tony to discuss your proposed participation.

Facilitator: Tony Legg - Abalone Europe Network


Selective breeding programs for aquaculture

Selective breeding is standard practice for almost all commercial animal production but, for abalone, this is a very recent innovation.  Starting programs for every species has presented new challenges that require unique solutions and abalone is no exception.  This workshop is an opportunity for all with an interest in abalone selective breeding to meet, discuss and question.  Our workshop aims are to:
·          Hear directly from those involved in abalone selective breeding
·          Learn about the issues limiting applied breeding and the research activities that are being developed
·          Begin to build a world-wide network of those interested in abalone breeding and applied genetics
Successful applied breeding requires skills in many different subject areas such as hatchery and nursery, reproductive biology, animal husbandry, and genetics (quantitative and molecular).  We invite all to meet and share experiences and ideas. 
Please let us know if you are interested in participating, and if you are willing to speak briefly about your experiences or plans.

Facilitator: Peter Kube

Conservation & stock recovery strategies

The Stock Restoration workshop would encourage papers in 4 areas: How to manage stock recovery; How to assess and model recovery of stocks; broodstock transfer to rebuild stocks; and reseeding to rebuild stocks. In all these areas we are looking for papers that have follow-up data to assess the success or failure.

We expect the variety of approaches adopted in different countries will lead to interesting discussion and comparisons within each of these topic areas. We foresee a paper synthesizing the discussion and conclusions of this workshop.

Pre-Symposium Worksheet

Facilitators: Laura Rogers Bennett


SnailBASE: The one-stop shop for molluscan sequences. It is time!

Researchers working with non-model organisms have advanced their research rapidly by establishing a single open access genome resource site for their species of interest. With accelerated uptake of genomic technologies by molluscan researchers this community should look to follow this model. Currently collections of genome data of various molluscan species are dispersed around the world. It is time to collate these into a single website supported by an efficient and user friendly portal.  Useful examples to model are Nembase4 and VectorBase. Nembase4 ( is a portal to genomic and transcript sequences for 62 different nematodes, and hosts a number of routine sequence search and analyses tools.  Similarly, VectorBase ( facilitates collection and access of invertebrate disease vector sequences. Both these portals sit outside of, and independent from the very sophisticated and mature sequence and biology portals of their related model organisms, C. elegans (WormBase) and D. melanogaster (FlyBase,

The workshop will give an overview of current progress in molluscan transcriptome and genome sequencing globally, followed by a presentation from an invited speaker involved in establishing a repository and portal for sequences and allied data from multiple species. The workshop aims to get commitment from interested researchers to establish and support an international working group to drive the development of SnailBase.

Facilitator: Natasha Botwright & Gene Wijffels


Reseeding is becoming an increasingly accepted approach for replenishing wild abalone stocks. Proposed applications range from stock rebuilding following catastrophic failure, enhancing natural recruitment, or increasing commercial productivity in areas displaying limited recruitment. With few exceptions (Japan), larval and juvenile research to date has been proof of concept, and full-scale commercial trials over large geographic areas have not been undertaken. Translocation of mature wild abalone is contingent on access to a source population, and therefore has limited potential. Can research deliver solutions on efficiency bottlenecks for larval or juvenile reseeding or will stock enhancement always be limited in application to small areas of known high productivity?
This workshop will explore field methods of stock enhancement/reseeding and evaluating survival to help direct future efforts and maximise efficacy. This workshop will not focus on aquaculture production or disease issues.

Facilitator: Craig Mundy & Ellie Watts


Can product certification combat illegal trade?

Illegal harvest and sell affects most fisheries to some degree.  It is often more pronounced with high value products like abalone.  There has been a massive illegal take of abalone from the late 1990s to the present (Gordon and Cook 2004). 

While there is obviously a role for monitoring, control and surveillance to deter, detect and prosecute illegal fishers, ultimately, it is in the market place where illegal fishing flourishes.  In aquaculture sometimes undersized wild products are sold as cultured products.

Increasingly, seafood producers with a significant problem are adopting an approach of positive reinforcement by clearly identifying legitimate product in trade and markets.  Seafood certification programs like the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and the Aquaculture Stewardship council (ASC) provide one such mechanism. 

This session will explain the process and potential benefits of fisheries and aquaculture certification under the MSC and ASC and other standards, it will provide some examples of illegal fishing and the role that certification had in helping improve the situation, and explore some of the characteristics of fishery and market environment that lend themselves to the successful adoption of such measures.

Facilitator: Sabine Daume