Research Education Outreach

41°25'N and 120°58'W

Our Mission Focused on the Future

Our mission is to conserve and enhance the ecology and biodiversity of our shared marine environment. FRF supports the responsible conservation of fisheries and marine science innovation and technology through research, outreach and education.

FRF Core Values

1. Focus on Science: FRF supports real-world research and connects communities and commercial enterprises with science, technology and innovation;

2. Adaptability and Practicality: FRF assists research to develop the capacity of maritime communities to introduce, anticipate and adapt to change;

3. Collaboration: FRF facilitates building partnerships between academics, commercial enterprises and communities to increase the impact of supported initiatives through participation and shared goals;

4. Education: FRF supports education and outreach initiatives to inform conservation and stewardship, to transform industries and to build knowledge systems and resources;

5. Inclusion: FRF values the diverse cultural communities and history of the global marine environment and promotes the inclusion of stakeholders in scientific research.

Our Support for Research

FRF provides a fully crewed vessel, onboard accommodation and covers all fuel costs to enable your research. M/Y Albula can accommodate up to 12 researchers. Work areas include a wet lab, large study with work areas for 8 that can host lectures, a large lazarette with wet work area, drop down swim platform, dive locker, compressor and large storage areas. There are also tenders which may be available for research use. At 11 knots, M/Y Albula has a range of approximately 6,500 nautical miles with a 20 per cent reserve.

FRF does not pay salaries to research team members, purchase equipment, pay onshore expenses nor provide additional research funding support.

Our Strategy FRF Strategic Focus Areas

1. Healthy, Sustainable Fisheries:

  • Assessment of current fish populations to include collation of data on the number and diversity of current fish populations, including commercial and non-commercial species, reef, demersal and pelagic fish;
  • Assessment of the health of current fish populations to include research into the likely short-term and long-term health of current fish populations;
  • Actual and anticipated exploitation of fish stocks;
  • Current and future environmental fishing initiatives;
  • Invasive marine species and their effect on native fish populations.

2. Healthy marine ecosystems:

  • Climate change, including its impact ecologically, socially and commercially;
  • Resilient communities, including adaptions to changing marine conditions;
  • Coastal threats, including environmental, social and commercial effects;
  • Pollution;
  • Reef ecology.

3. Innovation and technology

  • Real-world testing;
  • Introduction of innovation and technology to actual stakeholders;
  • Integration into communities.

4. Environmental Education and Literacy

  • Outreach to stakeholders;
  • Effective education;
  • Emphasis on student inclusion;
  • Collaborations between inter-disciplinary researchers, local communities, commercial enterprises, citizen scientists, academics, philanthropic foundations, NGOs and governmental bodies.

FRF Statement of diversity, equity and inclusion

FRF does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief or genetic information.

FRF commits to diversity, equity and inclusion in carrying out our mission.

FRF is committed to fair and just opportunities for all persons.

FRF encourages participation that is diverse with regards to age, race, ethnicity, linguistic and national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, culture, religion, citizenship type, marital status, education level, job classification, veteran status, income, and socioeconomic status.

We exist to support fisheries and marine science research