Patrick Hone was appointed as FRDC’s Executive Director on 21 April 2005. He is also the Director of the Seafood Cooperative Research Centre and the Chair of the Governance Committee for the National Fishing and Aquaculture RD&E Strategy. Patrick is a member of the National Marine Science Committee and of the Council of Rural Research & Development Corporations. He has extensive knowledge of all sectors of the fishing industry.
Over the last 18 years at FRDC Patrick has played a key role in the planning, management and funding of fishing and aquaculture related research and development in Australia. He is committed to ensuring science is integral to the management and development of Australia’s fishing and aquaculture resources. Patrick also has a passion for the people who work in the wide range of opportunities available for the sectors – including recreational, commercial and Indigenous. Ensuring that the fishing and aquaculture community is innovation skilled is Patrick’s goal.
Prior to FRDC, Patrick played a lead role in the science for the development of several significant aquaculture industry developments, including Southern Bluefin Tuna, Pacific Oyster, abalone and mussel aquaculture in South Australia.