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FRDC - Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

Community trust and starting up again

Marine and aquatic environments are home to a myriad of interdependent communities of plants and animals, and above water they support fishing livelihoods, the health and well being of communities through angling and other water pursuits. It is well understood in the fishing and aquaculture space that trust and the license to operate is an important requirement for the privilege of fishers and aquaculture operators continuing to supply healthy marine protein for sustenance. It’s an interdependent relationship, which is why FRDC has worked with the other research and development corporations to understand the drivers behind that trust existing. The research is hot off the press and can be accessed below. As restrictions ease and life starts to resume a degree of normality we hope you all continue to stay safe. 
Community Trust in Rural Industries

Understanding community trust 

Social license to operate is an essential component of all rural industries and the seafood industry is no exception.

To better understand what issues exist around community trust on topics such as risk, threat, or opportunity for primary production, the FRDC is part of the Community Trust in Rural Industries collaborative project.

This work is run by Agrifutures and funded by the Rural Research and Development Corporations. It will provide insights into similarities and differences between seafood and other rural industries, as well as identifying opportunities for rural industries to collaborate to improve community trust and acceptance.

The first year’s research results are now available on  our website 
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RE-open for business

Re-opening your fish and chips shop business after being closed during COVID?
The UK Seafish - yes our friends who run the UK Fish and Chips Awards - have put together some simple, but really good advice for shops re-opening. Tips on staff and customer safety, hygiene, receiving goods and taking orders and payment over the phone.

More details here.
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FAO Food Outlook report

The biannual Food Outlook report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has been released. 
The FAO report forecasts, as a result of COVID-19, that globally seafood production will be down 1.7 percent, or three million metric tons (MT), and the trade value of seafood will decrease by USD 5.8 billion (EUR 5 billion). Capture fisheries are expected to decrease production by 2 percent (1.9 million MT) and aquaculture production is expected to decrease by 1.4 percent (1.2 million MT). This comes off the back of first part of 2020 initially trending positive before the COVID-19 outbreak hit.
The report highlights the closure of restaurants drastically impacted seafood demand, leading to foodservice demand disappearing in many important markets. It also breaks down demand for seafood items by category, predicting falls in production, demand, or both for some species.
COVID-19 impacts: what happens next for agriculture?

In its latest newsletter, the Australian Farm Institute points out how this is a particularly interesting time for agriculture.
While there have of course been impacts, both through loss of markets and disruption to supply chains, compared to most other sectors of the Australian economy the immediate impact has been relatively limited and confined to specific industries or markets. The improvement in seasonal conditions on the east coast has by far outweighed the negative impact of COVID-19 in terms of confidence, and Australian agriculture has generally been spared the scale of disruption that has occurred in some other countries. Read the full article.
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Have your say about aquatic plant names

The Australian Standard for Aquatic Plant Names including the list of standard names to be used in Australia for edible and commercial aquatic plants has now been drafted and it is available
This standard defines the standard names for aquatic plants including algae, microalgae, samphire, etc to be used in Australia; and it specifies when standard names are to be used. Plants from marine and freshwater environments are covered by this standard, irrespective of the country of origin.
Other commercial species may be added at a later time as necessary.
The FRDC is an accredited Standards Development Organisation and as per international standard setting practices, it is now conducting a public consultation process. Have your say
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Shopping priorities recalibrated

As feeding ourselves and our families becomes a much more considered activity in this era of physical distancing and travel restrictions market research is already putting numbers to changing food shopping and consumption patterns across Asia and Australia.

Research is also looking to identify changes in the longer-term ‘intentions’ of consumers, post-pandemic, which could reshape supply chains more permanently. 
More details here.
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Focus on waterway health

OzFish Unlimited recently launched a campaign to accelerate the recreational fishing community involvement in fish habitat restoration. 
Through a series of powerful images, the online campaign flips the cliched bragging right photo of an angler and their catch with the waterways in focus instead of the fish.
CEO and Founder of OzFish Unlimited Craig Copeland said it’s time to disrupt traditional thinking and turn attention to improving waterways instead of just the fish that we can catch from them.
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