Mick Olsen was Director of Fisheries and Chief Fisheries Officer, South Australia (1967-79). He previously worked as a bacteriologist and biologist with the CSIR/CSIRO (1942-63) and is an authority on school shark fisheries.
Born Launceston, Tasmania, 27 November 1917. Educated University of Tasmania (BSc, 1940; MSc, 1946). Medical bacteriologist and biochemist, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, Sydney University, 1941-42. Bacteriologist (research officer) CSIR Division of Food Preservation and Transport, Homebush, 1942-46. Biologist (senior research officer) CSIR/CSIRO Division of Fisheries and Oceanography, Hobart, 1946-63. Harvesting manager and research biologist, Alginates (Aust.) Pty Ltd, Orford, Tasmania, 1963-67. Permanent Head and Director, Fisheries and Fauna Conservation Department, South Australia, 1967-72. Director of Fisheries, South Australia, 1972-73. Director of Fisheries Research and Acting Director of Fisheries, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, South Australia, 1973-76. Chief Fisheries Officer, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, South Australia, 1976-79. Retired 1979. Inaugural Chairman (1992-93) and member Board of Directors (1993-98), Ducks Unlimited (Wetland Care Australia).
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