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FRDC - Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

The end of long financial year...

Happy end of financial year (EOFY) – what a bumpy and stressful road it has been for all of us. At FRDC we hope that you are well and your families are safe as we head into the first financial year of the twentieth decade of the 21 century. For FRDC the focus is on listening to our stakeholders and ensuring we are delivering timely relevant research to inform. Let us work together to ensure that this financial year is plain sailing.

Dr Patrick Hone
World Resources Institute Report Cover - Creating a sustainable food future

Creating a sustainable food future

The newly-released report focuses on technical opportunities and policies for cost-effective scenarios to meet food, land-use, and greenhouse gas emissions goals in 2050 in ways that can also help to alleviate poverty and do not exacerbate water challenges. It is primarily global in focus. As with any report, it cannot address all issues related to the global food system, such as many ethical, cultural, and socioeconomic factors or remedies for tackling acute food shortages in the short term. Future research may pursue quantitative estimates of agricultural freshwater use.

Click here to download the Report [pdf]

Seaweed Manifesto Report Cover

Seaweed for the future

Seaweed may be a game changer in future food, feed, fuel, carbon capture and storage, medicine, to name a few areas. Scientific research, industrial innovation and new operations can together with 14 governments and multilateral organisations open the path for these new industries to deliver on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

The seaweed manifesto is a visionary document outlining how seaweed can contribute to delivering on the sustainable development goals. It defines a vision for the industry, explores the opportunities and benefits, as well as outlining the challenges and barriers for responsible development of the industry.

Read more on the Seafood manifesto here

SIA Marketing Fund Announcement

Road to recovery

The Federal Government just announced $4 million funding to Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) for use towards a national marketing campaign to promote Australian seafood to the nation, and support the industry’s recovery post COVID-19.

Read more on the campaign here

Shopping Bag

Seafood traceability standards

The Global Dialogue on Seafood Traceability (GDST) was launched in April 2017 as a seafood industry forum dedicated to drafting the first-ever global standards for seafood traceability. The GDST has grown into one of the largest and most diverse business-to-business forums in the seafood sector. After nearly three years of consensus-based work, on March 16, 2020, the GDST is ready to launch the GDST Standards and Guidelines for Interoperable Seafood Traceability Systems, Version 1.0.

Read more on the Global Dialogue here

EY Future Consumer Index

How COVID-19 is changing consumer behaviors

As the world changes, so do consumer attitudes. The EY Future Consumer Index on behaviour and sentiment across five key markets shows how the pandemic is creating new consumer segments. 

It also explores what happens next? While the Index doesn’t tell what they will actually do, it does help track their changing expectations about the future.

Read more on the Index here

Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation Rangers Watching on the Norman River

Indigenous rangers monitoring mangroves

Since the unprecedented mangrove dieback in 2015, James Cook University has been leading a project assessing the mangrove dieback in the Gulf of Carpentaria and whether recovery is occurring. The sheer scale of the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline means that regular monitoring is a challenge and ongoing monitoring is critical to understanding mangrove recovery and identifying other unusual dieback events.

The research team has produced a guide for Indigenous ranger groups along the northern Australian coastline to monitor mangrove condition using the MangroveWatch standardised shoreline assessment method. This guide establishes all the components and equipment settings so that groups can contribute standardised data to improve understanding of large-scale patterns in the Gulf’s important ecosystems.

Find out more on the Rangers Monitoring here