FRDC Response

 The starting point for FRDC is the welfare and safety of the staff and our stakeholders.

The FRDC is strongly committed to a policy that facilitates work activities being carried out safely, and that enables all possible measures to remove (or at least reduce) risks to the health, safety and welfare of its employees, contractors, volunteers, visitors so far as reasonably practicable.

The FRDC have implemented the following actions:

  • Staff will work from home (unless not possible). 
  • No staff travel. 
  • No face to face meetings
  • Bi-weekly Covid-19 meetings.
  • Staff will opt for telephone or digital meetings and where necessary assist stakeholders to do the same.
  • Staff are reviewing risk and business continuity planning measures (including project investment, impacts on staff (health and safety) and stakeholders).
  • Staff are engaging with stakeholders to gauge current situation and issues being faced. 

The FRDC will continue to monitor the situation with regards other meetings and conferences scheduled for later in the year.


Key Decisions

Trade Bursaries and Leadership Programs postponed

Due to rising health concerns and travel restrictions the FRDC decided that it was in the best interest of participants to cancel all International Travel Bursaries until conditions improve. This includes the 2020 Seafood Trade Bursary to the Seafood Expo Global (Brussels) and the World Recreational Fishing Conference to be held in Rotterdam. The National Seafood Industry Leadership Program is also postponing sessions.

FRDC Projects

The FRDC are aware that the current COVID-19 restrictions may impact on researchers and staff working on projects. As noted above, the FRDC focus is on ensuring the health and wellbeing of all our stakeholders.

Frequently Asked Questions page has been developed for FRDC Research Projects.