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Dr Patrick Hone

Patrick Hone is the Executive Director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), Director of the Seafood Cooperative Research Centre and a member of the Ocean Policy Science Advisory Group.
Patrick has extensive knowledge of all sectors of the fishing and aquaculture industries. While working for FRDC he has played a key role in the planning, management and funding of fishing and aquaculture related research, development and extension in Australia. Patrick has a PhD from Adelaide University, and previously worked for SARDI on a wide range of aquaculture research for SBT, Pacific oysters, mussels, Yellowtail Kingfish and abalone.


Choulji Park

Dr. Choul-Ji Park received his M.S. and PhD from the Tohoku University of Japan. The M.S. research is population genetics of abalone and PhD research is inbreeding depression traits in the Pacific abalone, Haliotis discus hannai, by factorial mating experiments. Now he has been working at Genetics & Breeding Research Center, National Fisheries Research & Development Institute in Korea. Recent, his main research is genetic improvement of abalone based on selective breeding and development of new abalone breed with tolerance to high water temperature.

Dr Caihuan Ke

Dr. Caihuan Ke received his Ph.D. on marine biology from Xiamen University in 1994. Then he worked in the Department of Oceanography in Xiamen University at the same year. Now he is a professor and director of Marine Biotechnology Department. His current research focuses on biology and genetics of shellfish, such as selective breeding and hybridization, genetic markers and genetic linkage mapping, transcriptomics and so on. He is also active in larval biology and ocean acidification. The team led by him has researched on genetic breeding of abalone about 15 years. The team published 64 papers and applied 18 patents (12 granted) on shellfish biology, genetics and breeding in recent years.


Maeva Cochet

Maeva Cochet is from France where she completed her degree at the French National School of Agronomics and Engineering of Toulouse and specialized in Innovation and Quality of Food Products. In 2009, she came to Australia and started working for CSIRO as a member of the Sensory and Consumer Science team. She has been studying the sensory properties of a whole range of foods with the objective to get insights on how to provide healthy and tasty products to Australian consumers.




Jeremy Cooper

Jeremy Cooper – Jeremy is a former paua diver and quota owner and has been the CEO of the Paua Industry Council for the last 7 years. During his time at the helm the industry has been transformed from a disparate and uncooperative bunch of divers to one of the NZ fishing industry's most effective commercial stakeholder organisations. With its “hands on – can do” attitude the industry punches way above its weight allowing it to achieved some noteworthy successes. 





Tony Legg

Tony Legg is a native of Jersey  in the British Channel Islands where the Ormer Haliotis tuberculata  is revered as a national animal. Tony is an Applied Zoologist with 35 years practical experience in  most areas of aquaculture. His personal projects range from  sea water raised trout in purpose designed cages in the  early 80’s to the current projects of Ormer and Native Flat Oyster Ostrea edulis  polyculture in intertidal systems. His interest has always been to develop or utilise practical innovative solutions. His use of Australian ‘Stanway’ oyster units  for the first time in Europe in the early 90’s lead to the development of the  ORTAC  range with design rights on triangulation of bags in oyster cylinders being granted in Ireland many years before the current Australian designs became popular. In 1998 this lead to the production of the ORTAC3 unit  a low cost unit that features advanced waterflow management and minimised labour .The onslaught of OsHV1 in Europe has lead to a major French/Spanish oyster equipment supplier promoting this devise to reduce mortalities and production costs. Tony as Jersey Sea Farms (Ireland) was a main partner in the EU FP7 Sudevab  ( project .This bought together the principal European abalone farmers to resolve a large number of issues  holding back the sustainable seabased farming of the Ormer. One of the many significant outcomes was a new culturesystem for European seabased culture,  the Abblox unit.


Stephen Mayfield

Following receipt of his PhD from the University of Cape Town in 1998, Stephen worked on rocklobsterstock assessment at South Africa’s Marine and Coastal Management. In 2001, Dr Mayfield joined the South Australian Research and Development Institute where his primary responsibilities are to undertake stock assessments and provide scientific advice to the South Australian Government tosupport sustainable exploitation of abalone and mud cockles. Current areas of active research include development andimplementation of fishery performance indicators and harvest strategies, application of techniques to assess absolute abundance of abalone and mud cockles, and development of practical approaches to reducing the scale of abalone assessment and management.


Laura Rogers-Bennett

Dr. Laura Rogers-Bennett received her B.A. from the University of NewHampshire and a M.S. at U. Mass. Boston working on green sea urchins in nearshore kelp beds. She completed her Ph.D. in Ecology at the University of California, Davis as well as two post-doctoral fellowships one at UCSC, Institute of Marine Science and the other at the U.W. Friday Harbor Labs. Dr. Rogers-Bennett is an Environmental Scientist with the California Department of Fish and Game and a Research Associate at UC Davis. Her work at the Bodega Marine Lab focuses on marine invertebrate populations, fishery management and marine conservation.

Norman Ragg

Norman has spent much of the last two decades studying abalone.The journey began in the MiddleEast, with the introduction of temperate abalone into multi-trophic aquaculture systems. In collaboration with the eminent physiologist Harry Taylor, Norman went on to examine the unique physiology of circulation and ventilation in abalone.  This ambitious project was awarded a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund grant and ultimately formed the basis for Norman’s doctoral thesis. By the turn of the millennium Norman was managing a NZ abalone farm and assisting in the development of commercial feeds. Joining the Cawthron Institute in 2006, his research interests have now shifted to the assessment of stress and development of post-harvest technologies.


Sofia Oiseth

Sofia received her PhD in Material Science from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2002. She then moved to Australia and joined CSIRO for a postdoc position. During a second postdoc, at Monash University, she got into food science studying the molecular structure of cheese curd. Sofia has been with CSIRO Food and Nutritional Sciences (Werribee) for about 5 years where she is responsible for the confocal microscopy facility. Her main research interest involves investigating relationships between structure and function for a wide range of mainly food related materials.



Natalie Moltschaniwskyj

Assoc Prof Natalie Moltschaniwskyj has more than 15 years research experience in the field of marine ecology, with research expertise that includes community and population dynamics of invertebrate and vertebrate species.  Her interests as a marine ecophysiologist focus on the processes of growth and reproduction, trade-offs between these processes, and how factors such as food, temperature, behavior, size, and age influence these processes.  This research allows me to study the structure and dynamics of animal populations, and also how the environment affects individuals in the population and how individuals respond to the environment.  She generally works with molluscs, with a passion and specific interest in cephalopods because of their short-life spans and fast growth.  I have strong links with the aquaculture (abalone, oysters, and mussels) and fisheries (squid) industries as I apply this knowledge to production biology and management of natural resources, particularly where these relate to reproductive biology and ecology.  Evidence of an impact of research is provided by more than 60 peer-reviewed publications and 10 industry focused publications supported by more than a $1 million in competitive research funding, including Fisheries Research Development Council and Australian Research Council (Industry Linked) funding.


Dr Toyomitsu Horii

Dr. Toyomitsu Horii completed a B.A. from the Kyoto University and then worked from 1984 to 1999 in the Nagasaki Prefecture on the management of abalone dive fisheries and stock enhancement policy for coastal resources. He received his PhD in agriculture from the Kyushu University in 1997 and then joined the National Research Institute of Fisheries Science, Fisheries Research Agency, in 1999, and studied early life ecology of abalone along the coast of Sagami Bay, Pacific Coast. After that he worked at Hokkaido National Fisheries Research Institute in 2011-2012 before recently transferring to the Tohoku National Fisheries Research Institute. He works on stock assessment and fishery management of coastal resources including abalone and other shellfish and finfish.

Dr Malcolm Haddon

Currently a Senior Fisheries Scientist with the CSIRO in Hobart, the previous 10 years were spent as the Resource Modeller at the Marine Laboratory in the University of Tasmania. Prior to that I was the Head of Fisheries at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston, and prior to that I was a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. I am involved with both Commonwealth and State fisheries and have worked on fisheries for numerous scalefish, scallops, rock lobster, prawns, and abalone. Currently one of my research projects involves the Management Strategy Evaluation of Australian abalone fisheries.