Research and Development

Research and development projects are a growing area for the Central Regional TAFE, with a number of projects currently underway at the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI). Projects are conducted in partnership with local industry, community groups, educational institutes as well as the State and Federal Governments. They focus on important local, regional and national issues, with an emphasis on developing strategies for addressing key threats impacting on the natural environment. The experienced staff and state of the art facilities at BCMI allows the integration of industry, research and education in a number of key fields including biodiversity conservation, environmental management, aquatic science and aquaculture.

CALM students tagging Fairy Terns at the Abrolhos Islands  CALM students performing water tests in Abrolhos mangrovesAquaculture student retrieving fish traps in Chapman River 

Central Regional TAFE seeks to enhance student learning experience through the fusion of research and development with training. Involvement with industry driven projects provides students with a broad learning platform and a unique opportunity to engage with industry and prospective employers.

Current Projects

The institute is currently involved in a number of exciting large scale projects covering a broad range of disciplines:

CALM/ horticulture students monitoring Abrolhos Island propagation trials CALM students performing mouse control trials at Abrolhos Islands  Students conducting assessments in Chapman River

Marine Finfish Research and Development center

The formation of a Marine Finfish Research and Development center at BCMI has provided the institute with the facilities and expertise to both assist the growth of existing aquaculture ventures, and offer support for new initiatives within the region. BCMI currently works closely with a number of industry partners including Midwest pearl growers, Baba Marda Live Rock as well as various land based and sea cage aquaculture businesses in the Midwest. The institute is capable of providing support and services for the following:

  • Licencing support and development of MEMPs for local aquaculture enterprises
  • Environmental and fish health expertise, equipment and monitoring including fish kill investigations
  • Availability of hatchery and nursery facilities
  • Experimental work to optimise diets and feeding requirements for local conditions
  • Providing stock (eggs and fingerlings) for a variety of species

Aquaculture students canulating Pink Snapper Horticulture/ CALM students trialling different aquaponics systems 






In addition, BCMI works closely with Universities throughout Australia, providing guidance, facilities and technical support for research projects and scientific trials. Recent collaborations include support for the following PhD projects:  

  • Digestibility, feed utilisation and growth effects on and nutritional, haematological and histological responses of snapper (Pagrus auratus) and cobia (Rachycentron canadum) fed lupin meal as fish meal replacement. Selenium requirements and potential of selenium as a prebiotic in Pink Snapper. Hung Pham (Curtin University)
  • Impacts of ocean warming and acidification on multiple life stages of corals at the Houtman Abrolhos Islands. Taryn Foster (University of Western Australia)

For detailed information about current projects follow the links above under current projects or click on the photos in the right-hand pane. To find out more about facilities, courses and opportunities at BCMI visit the BCMI page or contact us on (08) 9956 6175 or via email.

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