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FRDC - Fisheries Research and Development Corporation
Happy World Fisheries day!
Did you celebrate? It was last Saturday, 21 November. Every year, this day highlights the essential role fisheries play in the lives of millions of people, as a source of income and protein, providing a sense of community and tradition.

In this issue we touch on a wide range of fisheries topics, from research, to innovation; from safety to trade and community.
Call for Expressions of Interest
COVID-19: impact on Australia’s seafood industry
Every few years the FRDC surveys its stakeholders – fishing and aquaculture, Indigenous, researchers and government to find out their views on the priorities, work and investments being undertaken. It’s that time again. In addition to getting some feedback on the FRDC, whether good or bad, this year we are also asking about COVID-19. 

You may have seen an email on the survey, but if you haven’t done it yet we would love you to have a go and tell us your opinion.

Take the survey now
Global Trade and Investment Megatrends report
Austrade and CSIRO have collaborated on this report in order to help secure Australia’s future and accelerate new trade and investment by identifying global megatrends emerging in the post-COVID-19 world.

The report is a strategic foresight study exploring changes in the global trade and investment landscape, likely to occur over the coming months and years.

The report presents a set of strategic actions for Australian governments and industries to capitalise on significant shifts in the global trade and investment landscape mid/post COVID-19.

More information:
Community trust webinar tomorrow
Rural industries (fishers, farmers and foresters) have collaborated to develop a pathway to proactive, transparent, long term engagement with the community via a three-year research program into the drivers of community trust. 

In tomorrow’s webinar, the Community Trust in Rural Industries team and the FRDC will discuss the year one research findings as they relate to the seafood industry, how trust has changed through the current upheaval, and what the seafood industry can learn from other rural industries, from lead researcher, Dr Kieren Moffat. The webinar will be hosted by FRDC’s Matt Barwick.

When:  Tuesday 24th November, 1pm AEDST
Where: Via Webinar – pre-registration is essential
via this link

Please contact Virginia Johnstone, Community Trust in Rural Industries project manager, if you encounter any problems registering for this event.


T:  +61 430 793 875
W: The Community Trust in Rural Industries Program
“Two-Eyed Seeing” for fisheries research and management
Increasingly, fisheries researchers and managers seek to “bridge” Indigenous knowledge systems with Western scientific approaches to understand and govern fisheries. 

In this paper, published last month in the Fish and Fisheries journal, the concept of Two-Eyed Seeing (Etuaptmumk in Mi’kmaw) is presented as a guiding framework. The Two-Eyed Seeing concept embraces learning to see from one eye with the strengths of Indigenous knowledges and ways of knowing, and from the other eye with the strengths of mainstream knowledges and ways of knowing, and to use both these eyes together, for the benefit of all.
Making right from wrong: Improving safety
In this compelling recount, David Carter, Austral Fisheries’ CEO, discusses how a terrible tragedy on one of their boats in 2013 was used as the opportunity to make lasting changes in the safety of the company’s staff as well as the industry at large, with the support of the FRDC amongst others.

Watch the story
Sustainable protein from carbon dioxide
What if we could use carbon dioxide (CO2) to create food, thus reducing CO2 while creating sustainable feeds?

With aquaculture expected to double production by 2050, aquaculture feeds with minimal environmental impact are fast becoming a necessity. The
React-First project is the first step towards the commercial development of a new potentially game-changing protein source, Proton. This product uses new technology to capture waste CO2 and create high value sustainable protein suitable for the aquaculture industry.

The BioMar aquafeed company is one of 10 partners involved in the React-First collaboration and will be producing the first experimental feeds using Proton for the salmon industry to use in a research project to assess their performance.
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