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Switch your Fish!
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As part of an FRDC-funded project, the campaign Switch your Fish will launch on Sunday 4 July in Mooloolaba Queensland.

This activity aims to encourage recreational fishers on the Sunshine Coast to target species like Mahi Mahi, Cobia and Amberjack, rather than the more traditional Snapper and Pearl Perch, which are subject to
stock recovery plans.

If you’d like to attend the launch, head over to Pier 33, 33-45 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba QLD 4557 on Sunday, 4 July at 12.00-2.30pm.

Also in this edition a must-attend panel discussion on measuring sustainability for our oceans, harnessing the knowledge of Indigenous peoples, a ground-breaking monitoring system, opportunities for women in seafood and more.

How will we measure sustainability success?
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As we mentioned in a previous Message in a Bottle, tomorrow is the second stakeholder briefing for Ocean Decade Australia. The FRDC’s MD, Patrick Hone, will be on the panel.

The first event of this series discussed what success will look like for Australians after 10 years focused on the ocean. This time, the panel will address how we will measure this success.

The United Nations Ocean Decade aims to bring together global ocean stakeholders to attain the Ocean We Want by 2030.

The event will be held at Questacon Canberra tomorrow, Tuesday 22 June at 1.00pm or it can be followed online.
Register here.

Learning from millennia of experience
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Our ocean is in a state of unprecedented ecological change. To reverse the decline and avoid reaching tipping points, we must adopt more holistic and integrated governance and management approaches.

Indigenous peoples have cared for their land and seascapes for generations, using traditional knowledge and practices.
We don’t need to wait for innovative Western science to take better care of the oceans. We have an opportunity to empower traditional and contemporary Indigenous forms of governance and management for the benefit of all people and the ecosystems we are part of.

If only Captain Cook had understood the wealth of Indigenous knowledge the region already possessed...
World first for global coral
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The Allen Coral Atlas recently released the world's first satellite-based global coral reef monitoring system.

The Atlas unites five partners committed to coral reef and ocean conservation: Arizona State University, Vulcan Inc., University of Queensland, Planet, and the National Geographic Society. Through this collaboration, we now have an unparalleled new tool for coral reef conservation.
This monitoring system works alongside the Atlas’ reef extent and composition maps, which feature crucial reef data such as benthic habitat maps, geomorphic zone maps and quarterly turbidity. Together, the full suite of Atlas tools provides a comprehensive and unprecedented picture of coral reef change over time. Armed with this new information, the coral community will be better equipped to actively respond to coral reef threats with targeted conservation efforts in the most vulnerable areas.
Sharing our oceans and rivers
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Registrations are now open for the World Fisheries Congress 2021 happening in Adelaide from 20 to 24 September.  The event is funded by the South Australian Government and the FRDC.

The conference theme is “Sharing our oceans and rivers – a vision for the world’s fisheries” and the FRDC will hold a prominent booth to engage with conference participants to showcase fisheries management in Australia and discuss how we can continue to innovate, transform and connect.
We are also planning a cooking station in collaboration with Seafood Industry Australia to promote the FRDC’s research on value adding and lesser known species.

Delegates will be invited to participate in person or online.

Virtual sponsorship benefits are now available (PDF, 4.3MB).
Lady Leaders
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The Women in Seafood C-Leaders Online Program, funded by the FRDC, has been specifically designed as a Leadership Pathway for women in the seafood industry wishing to improve their leadership and advocacy skills.

Run by Women in Seafood Australasia, registrations for the program are now open.
Molluscs at work
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The Malacological Society of Australasia (MSA) is organising a series of online symposia on a number of broad topics and issues in the field of mollusc research and management. The theme of their first symposium is Molluscs in Fisheries and Aquaculture. The event will be broadcast via Zoom tomorrow, 22 June, and is free of charge and open to members and non-members of MSA. Register here.
Implementing the FRDC’s R&D Plan 2020-25
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Over the coming years, the FRDC’s investment will be guided by the key outcomes of our latest R&D Plan

There are five key outcomes and references to them are indicated in the stories above where relevant to highlight how our work and the work others align with the strategic intent of our new Plan.

The key outcomes are:
[1]  Growth for enduring prosperity
[2]  Best practices and production systems
[3]  A culture that is inclusive and forward thinking
[4]  Fair and secure access to aquatic resources
[5]  Community trust, respect and value.
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