Dr John Carragher

Dr John Carragher
  • Biography/ Background

    My lifelong interest in seafood and aquaculture has allowed me to develop a career pathway that includes 12 years in a variety of research and teaching positions in four Universities in three countries, 3 years working on stress in production animals in New Zealand, 6 years as a Principal Scientist within the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), to the last 10 years operating as a consultant, including a role with the FOODplus Research Centre and now the AgriFood & Wine Industry Engagement Priority team. In my current roles I work to deliver approaches, processes and technologies that improve the quality and marketability of food products locally, nationally and internationally.  


  • Qualifications

    1989    Ph.D. (Brunel, UK) Fish Physiology

    1985    B.Sc (Hons) (Wales) Marine Biology

  • Research Interests

    ·        Designing, resourcing and managing complex, multi-disciplinary projects in seafood processing, product quality and value-adding, and aquaculture

    ·         Compiling, assimilating and distilling information on scientific issues to provide innovative solutions in applied and commercial aspects of food and seafood sectors

    ·         Providing expert advice to the seafood and food industry and developing close relationships with all stakeholders in both commerce and government

  • Publications

    1. Lim SM, Page AJ, Li H, Carragher J, Searle I, Robertson S, and Muhlhausler B. 2020. Sexually dimorphic response of increasing dietary intake of high amylose wheat on metabolic and reproductive outcomes in male and female mice. Nutrients, 12, 61.
    2. Lim SM, Page AJ, Carragher J and Muhlhausler B (2019) Could high-amylose wheat have greater benefits on diabesity and gut health than standard whole-wheat?, Food Reviews International, DOI: 10.1080/87559129.2019.1683743
    3. Kanakri K, Carragher J, Hughes RJ, Muhlhausler B and Gibson RA. 2018. The effect of different dietary fats on the fatty acid composition of several tissues in broiler chickens. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology https://doi.org/10.1002/ejlt.201700237
    4. Kanakri K, Carragher J, Muhlhausler B, Hughes RJ, and Gibson RA. 2017. In ovo exposure to omega-3 fatty acids does not enhance omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism in broiler chickens. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S2040174417000216
    5. Kanakri K, Carragher JF, Hughes RJ, Muhlhausler BS and Gibson RA. 2017. A reduced cost strategy for enriching chicken meat with omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids using dietary flaxseed oil. British Poultry Science 58(3), 283-289. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00071668.2017.1293798
    6. Kanakri K, Carragher J, Hughes R, Muhlhausler B, de Koning C, and Gibson R. 2017. The fatty acid composition of excreta of broiler chickens fed different dietary fatty acids. International Journal of Poultry Science 16(11):424-443
    7. Wood K, Carragher JF and Davis R. 2017. Australian consumers' insights into potatoes - Nutritional knowledge, perceptions and beliefs. Appetite 114, 169-174, ISSN 0195-6663, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2017.03.038
    8. Canepa MM, Bubner EJ, Thomas M, Carragher JF and D'Antignana T. 2016. Nutritional parameters of dorsal and ventral fillets in summer and winter from farmed yellowtail kingfish Seriola lalandi (Valenciennes, 1833). Aquaculture Research 47(5) 1560-1568
    9. Huang Y, Carragher JF and Cozzolino D. 2016. Measurement of fructose, glucose, maltose and sucrose in barley malt using attenuated total reflectance mid-infrared spectroscopy. Food Analytical Methods 9(4) 1079-1085.
    10. Kanakri K, Muhlhausler BS, Carragher JF, Gibson RA, Barekatain R, Dekoning C, Drake K and Hughes RJ. 2016. Relationship between the fatty acid composition of uropygial gland secretion and blood of meat chickens receiving different dietary fats. Animal Production Science - https://doi.org/10.1071/AN16268
    11. Carragher JF, Mühlhäusler BS, Geier MS, House JD, Hughes RJ and Gibson RA. 2015. Effect of dietary ALA on growth rate, feed conversion ratio, mortality rate and breast meat omega-3 LCPUFA content in broiler chickens. Animal Production Science 56(5) 815-823 http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN14743
    12. Madigan, TL, Bott NJ, Torok VA, Percy NJ, Carragher JF, de Barros Lopez MA and Kiermeier A. 2014. A microbial spoilage profile of half shell Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas) and Sydney rock oysters (Saccostrea glomerata). Food Microbiology 38, 219-22
    13. Madigan T., Kiermeier A., Carragher J., de Barros Lopes M., Cozzolino, D. 2013. The use of rapid instrumental methods to assess freshness of half shell Pacific oysters, Crassostrea gigas: A feasibility study. Innovative Food Science and Emerging Technologies 19, 204-209.
    14. D'Antignana, T., Bubner, E., Thomas, M. and Carragher, J. 2012. Understanding Yellowtail Kingfish: sub-project 1 - changes in carcass quality due to age and season. Australian Seafood CRC final report 2008/903.10, pp118.
    15. Carragher, J.F. and Wilkinson, R.J. 2011. Understanding Yellowtail Kingfish: sub-project 2 - characterising maturation. Australian Seafood CRC final report 2008/903.20, pp
    16. Musgrove, R.J., Carragher, J.F., Manning, A., Zammit, B.J., Thomas, P.M., and Buchanan, J. 2011. Effects of harvest and post-harvest processes on quality of Australian sardines (Sardinops sagax) and redbait (Emmelichthys nitidus nitidus) for feeding aquacultured southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii). Accepted. Aquaculture Nutrition 17: e19-e29.
    17. Carragher J. and May D. 2010. Evaluation of an alternative biocide technology for seafood product range. Prepared for Angelakis Bros Pty Ltd. Pp36.
    18. Carragher, J.F. 2010. Modified Atmosphere Packaging for Export of Live Goolwa Cockles. A confidential report prepared for Coorong Cockles Pty Ltd. Pp14.
    19. Fitzgibbon, Q, Seymour, R, Buchanan, J, Musgrove, R, Carragher, J 2010. Effects of hypoxia on oxygen consumption, swimming velocity and gut evacuation in southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii). Environmental Biology of Fish 89, 59-69.
    20. Carragher J. and May D. 2009. A further evaluation of modified atmosphere packaging for live blue mussels. Prepared for Flinders Seafood Pty Ltd. Pp19
    21. Carragher J., Madigan T., Raj M., Holds G. and May D. 2009. An evaluation of modified atmosphere packaging for live blue mussels. Prepared for Flinders Seafood Pty Ltd. Pp24
    22. Carragher, J.F., Thomas, M. and Wilkinson, R.J. 2009. Yellowtail kingfish product quality: effects of maturation and harvest stress. Seafood CRC final report 2008/901. pp84.
    23. Roberts, M.J., Carragher, J.F. and Benkendorff, K. 2009. Determining flesh quality attributes of under-valued large southern rocklobsters. FRDC final report 2003/242. pp134.
    24. Fitzgibbon, Q, Frappell, P, Clark, T, Buchanan, J, Ellis, D, Carter, C, Musgrove, R, Carragher, J and Seymour, R 2008. ‘Activity metabolism in live-held southern bluefin tuna (Thunnus maccoyii), Phase 2', FRDC Final report (FRDC Project No. 2005/200), Aquafin CRC, 123pp
    25. Madigan T., Holds G., Lorimer M. and Carragher J. 2008. An evaluation of potential packaging for live blue mussels. Prepared for Flinders Seafood Pty Ltd. Pp13
    26. Musgrove, R.M. and Carragher, J.F. 2008. Optimising at-sea post-harvest handling procedures for the Australian sardine (Sardinops sagax). FRDC/Aquafin CRC final report 2002/236. pp120.
    27. Chen, B.N., Qin, J.G., Carragher, J.F., Clarke, S.M., Kumar M.S., Hutchinson W.G. (2007) Deleterious effects of food restrictions in yellowtail kingfish Seriola lalandi during early development. Aquaculture 271: 326-335
    28. Musgrove, R.M., Carragher, J.F., Mathews, C. and Slattery, S., 2007. Value-adding Australian Sardines: Factors affecting rates of deterioration in sardine (Sardinops sagax) quality during post-harvest handling. Food Control 18: 1372-1382.
    29. Wilkinson, R.J., Porter, M., Woolcott, H., Longland, R. and Carragher, J.F. (2006) Effects of aquaculture related stressors and nutritional restriction on circulating growth factors (GH, IGF-I and IGF-II) in Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A 145:214-224
    30. Dyer, A.R., Barlow, C.G, Bransden, M.P., Carter, C.G., Glencross, B.D., Richardson, N., Thomas, P.M., Williams K.C. and Carragher, J.F. 2004. Correlation of plasma IGF-I concentrations and growth rate in aquacultured finfish: A tool for assessing the potential of new diets. Aquaculture 236:583-592.
    31. Dyer, A.R., Upton, Z., Stone, D., Thomas, P.M., Soole, K.L., Higgs, N., Quinn, K, and Carragher, J.F., 2004. Development and validation of a radioimmunoassay for fish insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I) and the effect of aquaculture related stressors on circulating IGF-I levels. General and Comparative Endocrinology 135:268-275.
    32. Wilkinson, R.J., Elliott, P., Carragher, J.F. and Francis, G. 2004. Expression, purification and in vitro characterization of recombinant salmon insulin-like growth factor-II. Protein Expression and Purification 35:334-343.
    33. Wilkinson, R.J., Elliott, P., Hohmann, A., Francis, G. and Carragher, J.F. 2004. Development and characterization of a polyclonal antibody enzyme-immunoassay for salmon insulin-like growth factor-II (IGF-II). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology B 139:193-201.
    34. Thomas, P.M., Carter, C.G., Carragher, J.F and Glencross, B.D. 2003. Preliminary information on temporal changes in the blood chemistry of farmed southern bluefin tuna, Thunnus maccoyii (Castelnau), after feeding and repeated sampling disturbance. Aquaculture Research 34, 255-267.
    35. Clements, S.P., Carragher, J.F., Hicks, B. and Dedual, M. (2002) Primary and secondary stress responses during recovery from a trapping procedure in wild rainbow trout. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 22, 907-916.
    36. Qin, J.G., Carragher, J.F. and Pearson, L. 1999. Response of Tetraselmis suecea to grazer and nutrient manipulation. J Applied Phycology 11: 481-485.
    37. Verkerk, G.A., Phipps, A.M., Carragher, J.F., Matthews, L.R., and Stelwagen, K. 1998. Characterisation of milk cortisol concentration as a measure of stress response in lactating dairy cattle. Animal Welfare 7: 77 - 86.
    38. Carragher, J.F., Ingram, J.R. and Matthews, L.R. 1997. Effects of yarding and handling procedures on stress responses of red deer stags (Cervus elaphas). Applied Animal Behaviour Science 51:143-158.
    39. Carragher, J.F., Knight, T.W., Death, A.F., Fisher, A.D. and Matthews, L.R., 1997. Stress and growth suppression in surgically castrated bulls. Proceedings New Zealand Society of Animal Production 57:100-104.
    40. Hogg, B.W., Matthews, L.R., Ingram, J.R., Harcourt, R.G. and Carragher, J.F. 1997. Telemetric assessment of internal body temperature of red deer hinds at pasture, and during penning and transport. Contract Research Report to Game Industry Board.
    41. Ingram, J.R., Matthews, L.R., Carragher, J.F. and Schaare, P.R. 1997. Adrenal cortex response to adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) challenge in free ranging red deer (Cervus elaphus). Domestic Animal Endocrinology 14: 63-71
    42. Carragher, J.F. 1996. ‘Pharm' and ‘pharmed' animals: welfare issues relevant to drug use in, and drug production by, farm animals. In Farm animals in biomedical and agricultural research. ANZCCART, 66-74.
    43. Carragher, J.F. and Matthews, L.R. 1996. Animal behaviour and stress: impacts on meat quality. Proceedings New Zealand Society of Animal Production 56, 162-166.
    44. Carragher, J.F., Bremner, K.J., Walker, J.A. and Matthews, L.R., 1996. Preferences of sheep and cattle for salt lick blocks. Contract Research Report to Summit Ltd and NRM (NZ) Ltd.
    45. Carragher, J.F., Hogg, B.W. and Matthews, L.R., 1995. Effectiveness of disbudding devices in preventing antler growth. Contract Research Report to Game Industry Board.
    46. Matthews, L.R., Carragher, J.F., Berkers, A., Robinson, T.A. and Hogg, B.W. 1995. The influence of pen configuration on orientation and behaviour of deer during transport. Contract Research Report to Game Industry Board.
    47. Matthews, L.R., Phipps, A.M., Verkerk, G.A., Hart, D., Crockford, J.N., Carragher, J.F. and Harcourt, R.G. 1995. The effect of taildocking and trimming on milker comfort and dairy cattle health, welfare and production. Contract Research Report to MAF Policy.
    48. Pankhurst, N.W. and Carragher, J.F. 1995. Effect of exogenous hormones on reproductive behaviour in territorial males of a natural population of demoiselles Chromis dispilis (Pisces: Pomacentridae). Australian Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 46:1201-1209.
    49. Carragher, J.F. and Matthews, L.R., 1994. A review of animal identification systems and their effects on welfare. Contract Report to NZ MAF Policy. (Edited version in ANZCCART News, 8(2), 9-10.)
    50. Matthews, L.R., Carragher, J.F. and Ingram, J.R. 1994. Post-velveting stress in free-ranging red deer. Proceedings of a Deer Course for Veterinarians 11:138-146.
    51. Carragher, J.F. and Pankhurst, N.W. 1993. Plasma levels of gonadal steroids during sexual maturation of snapper, Pagrus auratus (Sparidae), caught from the wild. Aquaculture 109:375-388.
    52. Carragher, J.F. and Rees, C.M. 1993. Primary and secondary stress responses in golden perch, Macquaria ambigua. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 107A:49-56.
    53. Lowe, T.E., Ryder, J.M., Carragher, J.F. and Wells, R.M.G. 1993. Flesh quality in snapper, Pagrus auratus, affected by capture stress. Journal of Food Science 58:770-773.
    54. Pankhurst, N.W. and Carragher, J.F. 1992. Oocyte maturation and changes in plasma steroid levels in snapper Pagrus (=Chrysophrys) auratus (Sparidae) following treatment with human chorionic gonadotropin. Aquaculture 101:337-347.
    55. Pankhurst, N.W., Wells, R.M.G. and Carragher, J.F. 1992. Effects of stress on plasma cortisol levels and blood viscosity in blue mao mao, Scorpis violaceus (Hutton), a marine teleost. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 101A:335-339.
    56. Carragher, J.F. and Pankhurst, N.W. 1991. Stress and reproduction in a commercially important marine fish, Pagrus auratus (Sparidae). In: Reproductive Physiology of Fish 1991. Eds. A.P. Scott, J.P. Sumpter, D.E. Kime and M.S. Rolfe. pp253-255. FishSymp. 91, Sheffield.
    57. Carragher, J.F. and Sumpter, J.P. 1991. The mobilization of calcium from calcified tissues of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) induced to synthesize vitellogenin. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 99A:169-172.
    58. Le Bail, P-Y., Sumpter, J.P., Carragher, J.F., Mourot, B., Niu, P.D. and Weil, C. 1991. Development and validation of a highly sensitive radioimmunoassay for chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) growth hormone. General and Comparative Endocrinology 83:75-85.
    59. Pankhurst, N.W. and Carragher, J.F. 1991. Seasonal endocrine cycles in marine teleosts. In: Reproductive Physiology of Fish 1991. Eds. A.P.Scott, J.P. Sumpter, D.E. Kime and M.S. Rolfe. pp 131-135. FishSymp. 91, Sheffield.
    60. Pickering, A.D., Pottinger, T.G., Sumpter, J.P., Carragher, J.F. and Le Bail, P-Y. 1991. Effects of acute and chronic stress on the levels of circulating growth hormone in the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. General and Comparative Endocrinology 83:86-93.
    61. Sumpter, J.P., Le Bail, P-Y., Pickering, A.D., Pottinger, T.G. and Carragher, J.F. 1991. The effect of starvation on growth and plasma growth hormone concentrations of rainbow trout. General and Comparative Endocrinology 83:94-102.
    62. Sumpter, J.P., Lincoln, R.F., Bye, V.J., Carragher, J.F. and Le Bail, P-Y. 1991. Plasma growth hormone levels during sexual reproduction in diploid and triploid rainbow trout. General and Comparative Endocrinology 83:103-110.
    63. Carragher, J.F. and Sumpter, J.P. 1990. Corticosteroid physiology in fish. In: Progress in Comparative Endocrinology. Eds. A. Epple, C.G. Scanes, and M.H. Stetson. pp487-492. Wiley-Liss.
    64. Carragher, J.F. and Sumpter, J.P. 1990. The effect of cortisol on the secretion of sex steroids from cultured ovarian follicles of rainbow trout. General and Comparative Endocrinology 77: 403-407.
    65. Carragher, J.F., Sumpter, J.P., Pottinger, T.G. and Pickering, A.D. 1989. The deleterious effects of cortisol implantation on reproductive function in two species of trout, Salmo trutta L. and Salmo gairdneri Richardson. General and Comparative Endocrinology 76:310-321.
    66. Pickering, A.D., Pottinger, T.G. and Carragher, J.F. 1989. Differences in the sensitivity of brown trout, Salmo trutta L., and rainbow trout, Salmo gairdneri Richardson, to physiological doses of cortisol. Journal of Fish Biology 34:757-768.
    67. Carragher, J.F. and Sumpter, J.P. 1987. The effects of thermal stress on blood hormone levels of rainbow trout. General and Comparative Endocrinology 66:15.
    68. Pickering, A.D., Pottinger, T.G., Carragher, J.F. and Sumpter, J.P. 1987. The effects of acute and chronic stress on the levels of reproductive hormones in the plasma of mature male brown trout, Salmo trutta L. General and Comparative Endocrinology 68:249-259.
    69. Sumpter, J.P., Carragher, J.F., Pottinger, T.G. and Pickering, A.D. 1987. The interaction of stress and reproduction in trout. In: Reproductive Physiology of Fish. Eds. D.R. Idler, L.W. Crim and J.M. Walsh. pp299-302. Memorial University Press. St. John's.


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