The fisheries sector is well-represented at the 2017 ABARES Outlook Conference – Innovation in agriculture – capturing the opportunities, to be held in Canberra on the 7th and 8th of March.

The conference theme recognises that while the Australian agriculture sector is highly innovative, the drivers of change are accelerating. Businesses will need to adapt and utilise new models, markets, technologies and information to grow and prosper.

The fisheries sector is lucky to be represented by three outstanding individuals whose initiative and abilities are clearly demonstrated by their initiative and success. In all cases successful enterprises they have been established in previously undeveloped markets.

Speakers will share their experiences and insights into both the challenges and opportunities that confront Australia’s primary industries and in particular the seafood sector. Executive Director of the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation’s, Dr Patrick Hone will chair the session.

“This is a great opportunity to showcase some of the amazing people and work being done in the sector,” Dr Hone said,“ the FRDC is delighted to support a sector in which such drive and promise is so clearly present.” Three speakers will take part in the session:

Pia Winberg is the founding director and Chief Executive Officer of Venus Shell Systems Pty. Ltd., a new Australian company taking the science of marine biological systems through to production of high quality marine ingredients. A subsidiary company, PhycoFood Co. is developing convenience foods that are healthy and accessible to all, not just the foodies, while PhycoLab is developing new biomaterials from seaweed for advancing bionics through tissue regeneration in medicine.

Brad Adams from Ocean Grown Abalone has been actively involved in abalone aquaculture research and development in Western Australia since 2000, working on both shore-based and sea-based abalone culture systems. In 2009 Brad and his partners founded Ocean Grown Abalone Pty Ltd (OGA), a commercial aquaculture business that has researched and developed Greenlip Abalone ranching technology in Flinders Bay, Western Australia.

Roger Edwards of Goolwa Pipi Co. is agricultural economist who has operated his own consulting business for 27 years, specialising in business and industry organisation and development, primarily in the fishing sector. He is a partner in a medium size South Australian grain marketing company and a food import/export business, and is a part owner and the Chair of Goolwa Pipi Company.

Outlook 2017 is on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March at the National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia. More information about the Outlook Conference is available from the ABARES Outlook site.

For interviews or more information contact Peter Horvat 0415 933 557.