Oysters Australia is a national body formed by Australia's community of oyster growers in 2011 for advocacy, research and development. It is passionate about and committed to becoming world leaders in responsible, profitable and sustainable oyster industry production. Oysters Australia's members are NSW, SA and Tasmania with observers from Qld and commercial bodies. Oysters Australia aims to sustainably increase industry GVP to $146M through increased production and profit while building 'people power' capacity.

OUR staff



Also: Chairman of Australian Seafood Industries (ASI); Director of Animal Health Australia; Director of the Gardiner Dairy Foundation

​Len was the Managing Director of the Seafood CRC until 30 June 2015. He was in that role for eight years. Prior to that he was the CEO of Australian Wool Innovation, General Manager R&D for Meat & Livestock Australia and Scientific Director of the Victorian Institute of Animal Science. Len is also a Director of the Rural Industry R&D Corporation and has plenty of experience in corporate governance, shareholder communication and commercialisation of services resulting from research.



Also: NSW Shellfish Committee; Skills Impact Aquaculture & Wild Capture Industry Reference Committee; NSW Oyster Industry Extension Officer

Andy has been in involved the oyster industry since 2010, predominantly as an Extension Officer to the oyster industry in NSW. He has worked on a variety of projects encompassing risk management, environmental best practice, and industry development - always with a strong focus on communication and building industry capacity. With a background in marine science and coastal management he has a particular interest in water quality and the extension and application of research. 



Also: Company Secretary & Finance Manager of Australian Seafood Industries (ASI); Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors; 

Graham is the Managing Director of Corporate & Business Development Services Pty Ltd, specialising in finance, company secretary, risk management and compliance services (RiskComply). He has recently been appointed to Oysters Australia as Company Secretary and Finance Manager on a contractual basis. Graham is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was a member of the Board for nine years, a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Member of the Risk Management Institute of Australasia, and a Certified Risk Management Technician.

OUR directors


Chair NSW Farmers Association Oyster Committee; NSW Shellfish Committee; Bega Valley Coastal Management Committee; NSW Oyster Farmer

Caroline lives in Wonboyn Lake with her husband Kel, and has been farming Sydney Rock Oysters in Wonboyn Lake for the past 30 years. Over the 30 years Caroline has seen many changes in the Oyster Industry not only in NSW but in Tas., SA, Qld and now with the introduction to oyster farming in both WA and NT. Caroline believes in being proactive in the Industry that she loves, hoping to get better outcomes for all farmers and their families.


NSW Aquaculture Research Advisory Committee; NSW Oyster Farmer

Tony has owned and operated an oyster farm on the Camden Haven River, on the Mid-North Coast of NSW for 30 years.  He has built and operates a nursery and hatchery at his site. Tony completed an MSc in Aquaculture in 2001, and has previously held positions on the NSW Shellfish Committee, the NSW Oyster Committee, and the NSW Oyster Industry Strategic Plan Implementation Group on which he served as Chair.


Tasmanian Oyster Farmer

Giles Fisher has enjoyed over two decades in the Australian aquaculture sector; after graduating with an undergraduate degree in Applied Science from the University of Tasmania, he worked for one of Australia’s largest aquaculture companies, Tassal Ltd, as their Regional Manager of West Coast Salmon and Trout growing operations before he and his wife purchased an oyster farm on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula in 2005. Since then the business has grown into a vertically integrated multi-species operation producing Pacific Oysters and Mussels, with leases in intertidal estuarine waters and deep water cultivation sites all feeding into the farm’s own retail outlets catering to local, interstate and international visitors. Mr Fisher has been active in advocacy and mentoring since entering the industry and has sat on numerous state and national boards focusing on both aquaculture and tourism.


Oysters Tasmania; Tasmanian Oyster Farmer

Ian is Managing Director of SeaPerfect Pty Ltd a new shellfish hatchery business.  He was there at the birth of the selective breeding program running the larvae for the then University of Tasmania project, and has maintained a strong interest in the program since that time.  He has worked extensively within the shellfish aquaculture industry establishing a small grow out farm, but predominately within the hatchery sector, including Cameron of Tasmania, Marine Shellfish Hatcheries, Geordy River Aquaculture, Shellfish Culture and Spring Bay Seafoods.  He has also travelled extensively with a Nuffield Scholarship investigating shellfish businesses around the globe, and consulted to enterprises within Australia and internationally.  His previously held the position of Chair of TSEC and TORC, and is currently a director of Oysters Tasmania.


South Australian Oyster Growers Association; South Australian Oyster Farmer

Gary Zippel has been involved in the Oyster Industry for over 30 years and is a Director of the family company Zippel Enterprises. He began work on the family wheat sheep farm at Mudamuckla on the west coast of South Australia. In 1989 the family decided to diversify and settled on oyster farming at Smoky Bay as an addition to the enterprise.  The family land farm was sold in 2000 and Oyster farming became the sole focus of the family.

Gary and his two brothers Ashley and Bruce have been Oyster farmers at Smoky Bay for over 30 years and continue to evolve their oyster growing business. 

Gary is currently the Vice Chairman of the South Australian Oyster Growers and is on the Oysters Australia board.  He has previously been a director of Australian Seafood Industries (ASI) and a chairman of South Australia Oyster Research Council. 


South Australian Oyster Growers Association; South Australian Oyster Farmer

The Evans family were pioneers in the South Australian oyster industry. Located in Smoky Bay, Judd has been farming full-time on the family farm since 1995. During this time Judd has been heavily involved in both the South Australian Oyster Research Council and the South Australian Oyster Growers Association, where he has held various positions including Smoky Bay industry representative; Vice President, President and Acting Executive Officer.