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Happy World Oceans Day from FRDC

The theme for World Oceans Day 2020, ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’ could hardly be more relevant to FRDC and our stakeholders. At this point in history, we stand at a threshold of the blue economy becoming an ever more important staging ground for new and exciting innovation, in solving a number of wicked problems –  name an issue and an exciting development is bound to be emerging somehow connected to marine and aquatic environments. At FRDC, we are happy to be here, and it’s a great time to demonstrate why seafood is a healthy food choice and angling is a great outdoor activity. World Oceans Day 2020 will be marked by a series of virtual events on the day and the following week (8-14 June). The programming will explore innovations across technology, systems infrastructure, resource management, consumer products, finance and scientific exploration. 
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The innovation frontier

The latest phase of innovation is one more in the long history of human development that has allowed society to progress as we find easier, more efficient and more productive ways to do things, such as producing food and managing fisheries. FISH mag explores the innovation seascape  here.
 
 
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World fisheries and aquaculture reports 

The FAO will launch its State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture (SOFIA) 2020 on World Oceans Day 2020. The Launch will be accompanied by a webinar on 8 June, 2020 from 13:00-14:30 hrs (Amsterdam, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna).

SOFIA is the FAO’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department flagship publication addressing the State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture since 1994. The Reports can be viewed
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Status of Australian Fish Stocks Reports are used to inform Australia's progress against UN Sustainable Development Goal 14.4.1. 
 
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Sustainability challenges 

The impact of coronavirus, sustainable aquaculture and the need to invest in fishing communities most at risk from climate change were just some of the topics discussed in the latest World Ocean Summit Insight Hour webinar. Read more here.

 
 
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Reopen and be CovidSAFE

The Commonwealth Government has released an online planning tool to help businesses develop a plan to keep their workers, customers and the community safe as they reopen or increase their activities in the weeks and months ahead. Feedback on the planning tool can be provided via NCCCenquiries@pmc.gov.au.
 
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Looking for new markets?

Diversification is an essential ingredient to accelerate market opportunities. COVID-19 is pushing many businesses to diversify, whether it is finding new retail channels and markets or creating entirely new product offerings. The workshop combines a three-part webinar with a one-on-one consultation, this interactive online event will equip you with the knowledge and tools you need to diversify and grow your business in the post-COVID-19 landscape. Details here:
 
 
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Does Australia have a manufacturing future?

CEO of Innovative Manufacturing Cooperative Research Centre David Chuter gives his thoughts on what is required for Australia to seize hold of the opportunities afforded by the current disruptions, towards a manufacturing future. Read more here.

 
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Input from Qld rec fishers wanted


An assessment in 2019 found that in Queensland waters stocks of Snapper and Pearl Perch had stock levels under the nationally recommended 20% original biomass level. An FRDC-funded project is seeking input from recreational fishers to inform work aimed at rebuilding stocks of the species in Queensland waters. The FRDC project is led by Carina Roemer, Research Fellow at Griffith University.
The survey can be found here