Prof Colin David Buxton (Chair)

Colin’s career in marine science spans over forty years and includes senior leadership and administrative responsibilities over large and diverse R&D programs in both South Africa and Australia. He retired as Director of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Coasts at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), University of Tasmania in 2013. Prior to this he was the founding Director of the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute (TAFI) at UTas. He has also held senior positions at the Australian Maritime College in Launceston and at Rhodes University in South Africa.

His research career has focused on the effect of exploitation on life-history, biology and ecology of reef fish important to inshore recreational and commercial fisheries. Currently his research focus is on evaluating the effectiveness of marine protected areas as a fishery management and conservation tool. He has published widely in his field and is author of over 120 publications, 77 in the peer reviewed literature.

He has broad knowledge and experience in coastal marine environments, fisheries and aquaculture and is a frequent consultant and advisor to governments and other public and private agencies in Australia, Africa and the United States. A fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he has served on the boards of several companies and organizations, including the Seafood CRC. Currently these include the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, the Tasmanian Environment Protection Authority and the Marine Farming Panning Review Panel. He is also chair of the National Fisheries Advisory Council.

Mr Roger John Rowe

Roger’s family company operates two rock lobster licenses/vessels out of Port Lincoln in the South Australian Northern Zone. Through family agriculture company interests, Mr Rowe also has 35 years of experience in irrigation intensive farming and has served on a number of local Boards of Grower and Irrigation industries including the Grape Industry and Phylloxera Board Central Area Committee. He has also served as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Public Officer of various grower organisations and incorporated bodies.

Prof Caleb Gardner

Caleb holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Applied Science and further degrees and a Masters Sciences and Economics and has published numerous marine science papers, particularly in the field of southern rock lobster. Professor Caleb Gardner is an Associate Professor and the leader of the Fisheries Program at the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies, UTAS in South East Australia. He also leads the Australian national research activities on wild harvest fisheries at the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre.

Mr Markus Nolle

Markus has a science degree with a double major in computer science. After 20 years in business and IT services including working in the United Kingdom, Markus moved to coastal Victoria and in 2007 purchased a commercial rock lobster vessel, licence and quota in the state’s Western Zone fishery. He is still an active fisher and is also the President of VRLA, Director and Deputy Chair of SI and actively participates on many fishery committees.

Mr Michael Blake

Michael is the Tasmanian Manager of the South Australian Lobster Company. He has previous experience as a lobster fisher and is currently based in Hobart. Michael is also the executive officer of the Australian Southern Rock Lobster Exporters Association (ARLEA) and provides the company with valuable insights into the supply chain and logistics of SRL export.

Mr Mark Fabris

Mark Fabris is a southern rock lobster fisher based in Southend in South Australia’s South-East. He skippers his own vessel and is also a board member of the South Australian Rock Lobster Advisory Council and the Limestone Coast Fishermen’s Co-operative.

Mr Wayne Dredge

Wayne is a commercial fisher from Lakes Entrance in Victoria. In 2014 he received a Nuffield Scholarship, supported by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and Woolworths. Wayne researched various methods of fishing for species such as Gummy Shark and assessed the environmental outcomes of the techniques on fish stocks and broader environment. He also has experience fishing in the Commonwealth Southern Shark Fishery and the Tasmanian and Victorian Southern Rock Lobster Fisheries.

As owner/operator of the “Opal Star”, Wayne spends up to eight months a year at sea, with annual harvest averages of around 15 tonne of Southern Rock Lobster and 25 tonne of primarily Gummy Shark. Other catch includes Octopus, some scale‐fish and crabs.

Karl Krause

Karl along with Fiona,his wife and business partner,represent many generations of Tasmanian rock lobster fishing families from the north and north-east of the State.
Their family own substantial quota and vessel interests and are accomplished boat builders in their own right.

Karl is Tasmania’s valued representative on the National Safety Council of AMSA as well as a member of the Tasmanian Crustacean Fishery Advisory Council.

M.T.(Rene) Hidding

Rene Hidding was appointed to the position of CEO of the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fishers Association in late January 2021.

Following a career in his migrant family’s hardware and building industry he was elected to the Tasmanian Parliament in 1996.

During his 23 years in public life he served as party leader and in senior ministerial roles.He also developed a career-long active interest in the commercial wild fisheries and aquaculture sectors around Tasmania.

He credits Karl Krause and his new Board with encouraging him out of retirement to apply for the role of CEO after John Sansom’s retirement.

Rene Hidding serves on the Crustacean Fishery Advisory Council and also the Scale Fishery Advisory Council.

Mr Thomas Tadeusz Cosentino (Executive Officer)

Holding degrees in Law and Commerce, Tom has worked in agribusiness advisory and project management since 2016. Prior to that, Tom worked as an accountant at PKF Australia in business advisory services and insolvency.

Tom was admitted to the Supreme Court of South Australia as a barrister and solicitor in 2016.

Tom’s first venture into the commercial fishing industry was project manager of Wildcatch Fisheries SA Inc's 'Fair Fish' initiative, a digital platform for consumer direct seafood sales. The project won the delicious food magazine award for Outstanding Innovation 2018.

Tom also consults to the Victorian Strawberry Industry Development Committee as the Executive Officer and tutors in small business and management at the University of Adelaide.