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Challenging the status quo

As summer approaches and we recall last year's record Ocean Heat Wave, drought and bushfires, it is time to ask what we can do individually and as organisations to make a difference. Join David Carter Chief Executive of Austral Fisheries and a panel at a TedX session to challenge forward thinking leaders on 25 November 2020.

More future-proofing in this issue with stories on grants to restore fisheries habitat and a Cousteau initiative supporting regenerative aquaculture. Also a chance to have your say about food standards, a webinar on supply chain resilience, new safety requirements and more.

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Government grants to restore fisheries habitat

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The Australian Government is investing $8 million in 28 projects across the country under the Fisheries Habitat Restoration Program to assist in restoring the health and functionality of coastal and estuarine fisheries habitats.

This funding will see Regional Land Partnership providers and recreational fishing groups partner to directly improve fish habitats. They will work on surrounding vegetation and biodiversity in marine and estuarine areas, from tropical mangrove wetlands in Queensland, to building shellfish reefs on Kangaroo Island and restoring fish habitat damaged by moorings in southern Tasmania.


Evaluating progress to inform future action

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation completed a joint evaluation of their complementary Global Seafood Markets strategies to understand the progress the global sustainable seafood movement has made over the past two decades, including the past five years of coordinated grant-making, to inform their future strategies.


Keeping it relevant

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In November 2019, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation (Forum) endorsed a plan to reform the Food Regulation System and review the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 (FSANZ Act) to ensure it remains relevant and able to address future issues.

Stakeholders are being asked for their
views on the Scoping Paper by 16 November 2020. The Paper outlines key issues identified with the FSANZ Act and opportunities for legislative and operational reform. Stakeholders will be engaged for their perspectives on the issues and associated opportunities and the impact that these could have.


Cousteau restoring abundance to the ocean

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Jacques Cousteau’s granddaughter Alexandra recently launched a new initiative, Ocean 2050 which feature supporting regenerative practices in aquaculture as one of its goals.

With regenerative agriculture methods gaining momentum on land, is regenerative aquaculture the way of the future for our oceans? 

Reef restoration
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NSW DPI (Fisheries) Oyster Reef Restoration team and the Shellfish Reef Restoration Network invite you to participate in a Shellfish Reef Restoration Network webinar tomorrow, Tuesday 27 October 2020, 11am-2.50pm (AEDT).

This online event will bring together practitioners, researchers, managers, supporters and volunteers involved in, and with an interest in, shellfish reef restoration efforts in Australia, New Zealand, and beyond.

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A more resilient supply chain

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Building reslience is the focus for the Queensland Seafood Marketers Association’s “The Sundown Series” webinar today (Monday 26 October 2020) by KPMG titled “Seafood Supply Chain Resilience – Leveraging digital and data for industry growth”.

In this 4th session, KPMG will uncover the core challenges being faced by the industry today, offering comparisons with other agricultural sectors, and outline how organisations can utilise technology to drive growth.

Please note: the Webinar starts early @ 1.00 – 2.00pm ( (AEDT), register to attend here 
The Sundown Series.


New safety requirements from 1 January 2021

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Have you heard about the new emergency beacon requirements?

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has issued a safety alert to raise awareness of the need for owners, operators, masters and crew of certain domestic commercial vessels (DCVs) to install a float-free emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) before 1 January 2021.

Find out more details.


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