Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is a co-funded partnership between the Australian Government and the fishing industry. It was formed as a statutory corporation on 2 July 1991, under the provisions of the Primary Industries Research and Development Act (1989) and is responsible to the Minister for Agriculture.

The FRDC is unique among the Rural Research and Development Corporations (Rural RDCs) because it must balance its investment between natural resource management (sustainability) and industry productivity and development.

As an outcome the FRDC’s strategic investments in research, development and extension (RD&E), activities benefit all stakeholders in the Australian fishing industry: commercial (wild catch and aquaculture), recreational, indigenous as well the broader community.