Merry Christmas from FRDC
Merry Christmas from FRDC. We would like to thank all our researchers and partners for their contribution to the seafood sector in 2017.
This year saw a number of achievements for the sector:
- Australia’s seafood gross value of production exceeded a value of $3 billion.
- A marked improvement in how the public views Australia’s fishing industry.
- The biannual seafood conference Seafood Directions was held in Sydney in September with a record number of attendees.
- The 100th edition of FISH magazine was produced covering our research and industry news.
- The first national Fish and Chips awards was held to promote the consumption of sustainable seafood in Australia.
- Australia has new fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council including two world firsts — pearl and joint recreational-commercial.
- The premiere of FRDC sponsored TV show Seafood Escape with Andrew Ettinghausen, which aims to promote seafood and educate consumers on where their seafood comes from.
- Which Fish business risk assessment tool was launched.
- Investment in over 120 research projects across fishing and aquaculture in Australia.
- Expansion of Yellowtail kingfish aquaculture to the east and west coasts.
- The launch of the new FRDC website, which is the next step in integrating all our sites to engage and educate researchers and consumers.
- Making progress on the estimation of the economic value of commercial fishing in Australia.
- The first seafood marketing symposium was held in Queensland.
- Shark-tagging research shows movement patterns across south-east Australia
- 37 new species agreed to be included on the fish.gov.au website (Status of Australian Fish Stocks reports) in 2018 which will bring the total to 120 species to be reported on.
We wish everyone safe travels over the festive season and we look forward to more collaborations and contributions in 2018.
Fisheries Research and Development Corporation through investing in knowledge, innovation and marketing aims to increase economic, social and environment benefits for Australian fishing, aquaculture and the wider community.
FRDC: Peter Horvat – Manager – Communications, Trade and Marketing – firstname.lastname@example.org; 02 6285 0414 or 0415 933 557