New study into reef fish and scallop populations

A NEW 18-month research project is under way to understand how oceanographic conditions affect Queensland's reef fish and scallop populations.

Lead investigator and Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry principal fisheries biologist Tony Courtney said by better understanding these environmental influences, improvements to stock assessments can be made and better advice given to the government and fishers.

"There is a strong need to better understand how the prevailing physical oceanography affects these fisheries," Dr Courtney said.