Dr Jenny Cobcroft

Aquaculture Research Scientist

Jenny is an aquaculture research scientist with the Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre and Australian Research Council based at the Tasmanian Aquaculture and Fisheries Institute at the University of Tasmania.

Jenny’s specialty is baby fish and involves looking at the quality of hatchery fish with the aim of improving the efficiency of the hatchery.

Passion for seafood, the marine environment and spending time with her family recreational fishing was what gave Jenny her initial interest and she was able to build on this passion through studies in aquaculture.

There is no such thing as a typical day in Jenny’s job which is what appeals to her. This is typical of the many diverse careers available now in the Australian seafood industry.

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There is nothing mundane about Jenny’s job. When you are involved in the newest and fastest growing primary industry there is always something different around the corner and something exciting to work on.

Some days she is in the office reading or writing reports, on other days she will be working with a team of people around tanks of large fish or caring for baby fish, while other days are spent checking fish quality in a laboratory.

Jenny also gets the chance to travel around Australia and overseas to present her research and enjoys the opportunity to meet new people and learn about new aquaculture techniques and methods. Additionally, helping early career scientists improve their skills and science sees Jenny teaching and supervising students.

For example, Jenny is currently co-supervising Mrs Reham Negm, an international student from Egypt, who is researching the role of vitamin A in the development of marine fish larvae.

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Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre

Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre

The seafood industry is the sixth most valuable of Australia's food-based primary industries, with a gross value of production of $2.05 billion in 2006-07.

The Australian Seafood Cooperative Research Centre is Australia's first entity to stimulate and provide comprehensive seafood-related research and development and industry leadership on a national basis. The work the CRC undertakes involves every aspect from seafood production right through to the seafood consumer.

The Australian Seafood CRC also aims to help the Australian seafood industry to profitably deliver safe, high-quality, nutritious Australian seafood products to premium markets, domestically and overseas using research and development.  The Centre’s ultimate goal is to double the value of the Australian seafood industry to $4 billion by 2017 and to generate a significant number of new jobs in rural and regional areas.

http://www.seafoodcrc.com

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