To study the hatching and culture of scallops in order to improve Australian and particularly Tasmanian scallop yields - China, Japan, Canada, New Zealand

Appointed Research and Development Manager for Geraldton Fishermen’s Co-operative, based in Perth, WA (July 2015).
Previously, Hatchery Development Coordinator (Malaysia) for joint IMAS-FACC (University of Tasmania), Taroona (Rock Lobster) and Darden Aquasciences Sdn Bhd (Malaysia) iLAP (Integrated Lobster Aquaculture Park) project with budget of RM2,030 million (approx. AUD725 M). Key member of team developing energy efficient designs for large scale commercial hatcheries and associated support facilities in Sabah, Malaysia. Co-ordinated the transfer of information between University research and commercial sites including approximately one week per month working in Malaysia. Derek was the sole Australian member of the International design and planning team for the project. Prior to the Coordinator role, Derek spent 3.5 years as Senior Technical Officer at IMAS/UTAS on the rock lobster culture project. Prior to working at IMAS Derek was actively involved in the development of innovative biotechnology in the production of various nutraceuticals, fish oil, fish Protein Hydrolysate and food, based on marine macro-algae and various fish species, as well as ongoing R & D in pearl culture, environmental monitoring and marine facility developments. This led to his Keynote Biotechnology presentation at the World Aquaculture Society, Asia Pacific Conference in Kuala Lumpur in 2009. Additionally, Derek has been a valuable long-term member of the Australian Advisory Panel for ANZ, Agribusiness, Melbourne.

After leaving the Fisheries Derek worked for over 20 years as Managing Director/Principal Consultant for his personal consultancy company Aquatech Australia Pty Ltd, which specialised in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Project Management and was established in 1988. Much of his work was in managing or running R & D projects involving new species, locations or technology in all states and overseas, and the training of staff to eventually run these projects.



While working as the Scallop Research Officer at the Department of Sea Fisheries in Tasmania, Derek was awarded a fellowship to study scallop culture and research in 1986 and completed a study tour in 1987. He visited key research facilities in China, Japan, Canada and New Zealand. He visited a range of hatchery and cage culture operations in China, several Universities in Japan to discuss research and a number of commercial operations to view sea ranching activities. He then visited research stations and hatcheries in Canada to discuss the latest algal and larval culture systems for large scale production of scallop spat (juveniles). Finally he visited Golden Bay New Zealand to view the reseeding program and large scale government organised sea ranching project.
As well as viewing the overseas operations some 30+ lectures were delivered at host organisations to provide an update on Australian scallop culture progress.


The study tour provided the most eye-opening experience of Derek’s career and introduced him to world-leading research and development that was yet to be documented in detail and never really was available due to commercial restrictions. The study tour also provided knowledge and hands-on experience that was transferred to Australia resulting in the establishment of technology and projects that were able to utilise this knowledge for the benefit of the aquaculture industry.

Scallop culture in the Pacific region / Derek A. Cropp
Bib ID 658120
Format Book
AuthorCropp, Derek A. (Derek Antony), 1959-

Description Taroona, Tas. : Dept. of Sea Fisheries, Marine Laboratories, 1989
52 leaves : ill., maps ; 30 cm.
ISBN 0724616489
Series Technical report (Tasmania. Department of Sea Fisheries) 34.
Notes Bibliography: leaves 51-52.
Subjects Scallop culture — Pacific Area.

Other authors/contributors Tasmania. Marine Laboratories
Tasmania. Department of Sea Fisheries