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A new FRDC newsletter for a new time

The impact of COVID-19 is all around us. Everyone is feeling it. At FRDC too we have been calibrating our activities to respond to the challenges. In these times, it's important to keep the communication channels open and this newsletter is an opportunity both to share some what's going on in Australian fisheries and aquaculture, but also to reach out to say we'd love to hear from you. Please tell us how you are going, what you'd like to know and what you want from FRDC. We've created a special space on our website to do this, you'll find the link below.
Dr Patrick Hone
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FISH – Covid Special Edition 1

The world has changed dramatically in the last few months and fittingly, here at FRDC, we have rolled with the punches and ripped up the rule book. One of the things this has meant, apart from working in our pyjamas, is to break with 15 or so years of FISH magazine as a quarterly publication, and bring you instead two shorter, sharper and faster issues. The first COVID 19 Special Issue is out this week and can be viewed or downloaded on our website. For many, it will soon be landing in your mailboxes. We expect to have the second edition to you in early July. Download it here.
Talking Fish
Fishy Feedback Wanted! 

It’s important to everyone at FRDC that we are hitting the mark in delivering the information Australia’s fishing, aquaculture and research community needs at this challenging time. We do that through FISH magazine, our websites and social media. So please drop us a line and tell us what you’d like to know about, what we can do better and what you thought of the most recent FISH mag. You can do so here.
Landline Banana Prawn
Landline Gone Fishing

In case you didn’t catch it when it first aired, this ABC landline piece provides great insight into the logistical challenges for some of Australia’s fishing fleets, heading to sea as the COVID19 pandemic hit. It was a race to get crews back from around the world, quarantined to ensure their health before departure and vessels provisioned, in time for the Banana Prawn season.  View the full story here.
Shopping Bag
Market Research

Staying home has had a particularly significant impact on how and what we are eating. Aussie consumers now have an opportunity to reflect on their eating habits and find creative and resourceful ways to prepare and use up their supplies, and brush up on their cooking skills so that ultimately nothing goes to waste. Market research company Nielsen has been investigating how things are changing. Read the full article here. 
Biosecurity Industry Innovation Challenge
Biosecurity Industry Innovation Challenge

Calling all Australian researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and innovative businesses!
Come up with the next new idea to help future proof Australian biosecurity and you could receive up to $50,000 in funding through the Biosecurity Innovation Program and a 12-week incubation program to make it happen!

What do you need to do?
Register and attend a free 3-hour workshop on May 26 with the challenge sponsors. You’ll get introduced to the issues that Biosecurity Innovation is seeking innovative ideas for, and get an opportunity to ask questions and get familiar with the expression of interest process. Register Now

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Ocean Finance Handbook

The Ocean Finance Handbook: Increasing finance for a healthy ocean, was recently launched for free download. The Handbook was compiled by the Friends of Ocean Action, a group formed in 2018 at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos. It aims to provide an up-to-date overview of the investment landscape in the blue economy, with the intent of providing a common baseline of understanding for sustainable blue economy financing accross a broad range of different stakeholders. So if you are interested in financing, innovation and oceans this one is for you. Download the handbook here

Ag Biosphere
Share Your Insights

The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment are looking to modernise and streamline Australia’s levies legislation. This will ensure it is efficient, responsive and flexible enough to meet industry needs. A number of levies legislative instruments are due to sunset in 2023. The Department want to hear from you. Share your insights by taking the online survey here (first phase of consultation) about modernising and streamlining levies legislation. You have until 31 May 2020.