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 workshop with key advisory groups to set the priorities for the coming year and future funding rounds. Details and presentation from the workshop are available on the Stakeholder Workshop page.
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