FRDC works with a diverse and geographically-dispersed group of stake holders and the four main sectors of fishing and aquaculture (aquaculture, commercial fishing, Indigenous fishing and recreational fishing) whom are not mutually exclusive. For example, Indigenous Fishers may participate in customary fishing, conduct aquaculture and commercial fishing as well as fish recreationally.
FRDC’s stakeholders and partners include:
Four ministerially-declared representative organisations to which the FRDC is accountable under legislation:
FRDC also regularly engages with key forums related to fishing and aquaculture or the environment in which it operates:
The FRDC works with its stakeholders to achieve the requirements of their RD&E plan through Advisory Groups (Partnerships). These advisory groups can be at the jurisdiction level (Research Advisory Committees - RACs) or sector level (Industry Partnership Agreements - IPAs), and provide key information to the FRDC on the prioritisation and assessment of research. Additionally, the FRDC has developed a number of Subprograms to provide a higher level of coordination, integration and communication for areas of national significance. Information on each can be found on their pages underneath the Partners page.
Each year the FRDC holds a number of meetings with stakeholders. These can be as part of Board meetings, the work of advisory groups, or workshops on key key issues. As part of the FRDC R&D Plan, the FRDC aims to undertake and utilise new ways of meeting and engaging with stakeholders. Details are available on the meetings page and on the calendar of events. To keep up to date when meetings are being run, register on the subscribe page.