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Looking after each other
It’s Movember, so make sure you check on your mates… maybe while out fishing with the special Tassie Devil MOJO20 lure!

This special lure is now being offered for the third consecutive year and, like in the previous two years, 100% of the proceeds from its sale will be donated to Movember to tackle men’s health and stop men dying too young.

Supporting one another and checking on each other’s mental, as well as physical, health has never been more important than in 2020, when the challenges have been multiplied by the fires and drought first, then the pandemic.

And while you are out fishing, make sure you also take the necessary physical safety precautions. To help you, the Boating Industry Association has launched a
new lifejacket website to help boaters ensure they have the right information for a great day on the water.

Stakeholder Survey 
Over the course of the year the FRDC has focused on supporting its staff and stakeholders. It is now time for FRDC to get our stakeholder's feedback - we do this every
couple of years. In November we will email our stakeholders directly to get your views. The survey aims to get an understanding of what you think of FRDC and also gain some feedback on how COVID-19 has impacted on you, so we can document its impacts on fishing and aquaculture in Australia.

As usual, this newsletter is also packed with webinars and resources to help your business thrive, from information on getting Indigenous engagement and community relations right, to biosecurity details for the present and future, to the launch of a new SIA initiative and more.
Tassie Devil MOJO20 lure
 
The ‘how to’ of Indigenous engagement 
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In support of NAIDOC week, tune in on Wednesday 11 November at 1:00pm AEDT for a discussion panel to understand how to engage with indigenous communities. Learn from leaders working to bring indigenous engagement to the forefront of their organisation. 
 

Registrations are essential and participants are also encouraged to submit their questions in advance about engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The panelists will share their approach and how they’ve found success.
 
To certify or not to certify?
Orange Roughy
A comprehensive article addressing concerns about the Marine Stewardship Council certification of Australia’s eastern zone orange roughy fishery interviewed Simon Boag, Executive Officer of the South East Trawl Fishing Industry Association and Dr. Malcolm Haddon, a CSIRO quantitative biologist who updated the stock assessment of orange roughy in Australia’s Eastern Zone in 2018. 

One concern at the time, interviewees offer scientifically-based, balanced answers and conclude that “orange roughy can be sustainably fished, as long as the management is firm enough”.
 
Launching a National Seafood brand
Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Senator Jonno Duniam and Seafood Industry Australia CEO Veronica Papacosta
For the fifth part of the Queensland Seafood Marketers Association’s Sundown webinar series happening tonight, join Assistant Minister for Forestry and Fisheries Senator Jonno Duniam and Seafood Industry Australia CEO Veronica Papacosta for a peek under the hood of Australia’s first national seafood marketing campaign and the launch of the national seafood brand, Great Australian Seafood.
 
Unlocking future biosecurity
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CSIRO just launched the Australia’s Biosecurity Future: Unlocking the next decade of resilience report in partnership with Plant Health Australia, Animal Health Australia, and the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions. The FRDC was a key contributor to this work, which is important to establish the priorities for achieving a resilient Australian biosecurity system by 2030.
 
Building Community Trust for Rural Industries
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What leads to deeper community trust in Australia’s rural industries? 

The results from a collaborative research project involving all RDCs are in and ‘environmental responsibility’ has been identified as the number one driver of community trust in Australia’s rural industries. 

But what about the community? Surely environmental stewardship is a shared responsibility? If so, how does the community play its part?

The work, known as the
Community Trust in Rural Industries initiative, is exciting because it represents the first time the primary industry sector has come together to engage the community and uncover the underlying values driving their attitudes and trust. 
 
Prawn Biosecurity
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All interested parties, including domestic stakeholder groups, state and territory representatives, importers and trading partners are invited to attend a webinar on Tuesday 24 November 2020, organised by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.

The Australian Government announced the release of the draft report for the review of the biosecurity risks of prawns imported from all countries for human consumption on 28 September 2020. The department is hosting this webinar to provide stakeholders with an opportunity to hear from the department, to ask questions and to make comments about the draft report.
 
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