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The FRDC has funded nearly two decades of projects through its Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) Reporting and Assessment Subprogram. This acts as the coordinating hub for the development of information and tools for ESD reporting and assessment.  Dr Rick Fletcher is the person who provided the leadership that forms the platform for this work.  Now all of this knowledge is more easily accessible on the revamped ESD website.

ESD integrates short and long-term economic, social and environmental aspects into the management of all of our activities.

Also in this issue, it is Plastic Free July, get some tips on how you can make a difference, ideas on how to change the safety culture of your company, the UN Food Systems Summit, prizes for climate change innovators and more.

It's up to each one of us
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Plastic Free July is in full swing and this is a great opportunity for each of us to re-evaluate our own habits and see where we can make a difference, however small.

As science communicator Jas Chambers puts it in this episode of the
Future Hacker podcast, staying curious and asking questions is a great way to drive improvement. Here she discusses how we can all have a part in protecting the oceans as well as the role of women in science.

Jas Chambers is also one of the organisers of the Ocean Decade Australia stakeholder briefings.

As you may remember, FRDC’s MD Patrick Hone took part in the latest briefing on 22 June. If you missed the discussion, you can now catch it online.

SeSAFE on facebook
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Partially funded by the FRDC, the SeSAFE project commenced in 2018 with the goal of raising awareness and improving safety performance in the fishing and aquaculture industry Australia wide.

Now you can find them on Facebook, so be sure to like and share to stay up to date with their work.
Promoting culture change for safety
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Continuing on the themes of safety and making a difference, Austral Fisheries’ David Carter takes part in this webinar discussing practical ways of Transforming safety culture at an organisational level.

Years ago, David took a tragic event as an opportunity to drastically improve safety practices on his boats and within his company. His insight is of great value to the industry at large.
Creating healthier food systems
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Melony Sellars, from Genics will take part in the fifth and final webinar in the series of Australian National Food System Summit Dialogues, coming up on Tuesday 13 July 2021 from 2.00pm – 3.30pm.

Genics uses the power of data to help aquaculture farmers improve their profitability and growth.
The webinar is in preparation for the United Nations Food System Summit. This has been called by the United Nations Secretary General to highlight the importance of food systems for accomplishing the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals, and to identify ways that we can create healthier, more sustainable, and more resilient food systems.
Do you have an idea to mitigate climate change??
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The Blue Climate Initiative is welcoming applications from innovators and entrepreneurs for the global US$1 Million Ocean Innovation Prize.

The Prize is designed to inspire, fund and support innovations that mitigate climate change through ocean-related strategies.

The deadline for applications is 15 September 2021.
Board Adventures - Visiting Perth
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The FRDC Board makes a point to connect with our stakeholders by visiting them on a regular basis. However, the pandemic has made connecting difficult.  This year the Board has met with stakeholders in Adelaide, Hobart and now onthe 16-17 June, the Board was able to travel and visit companies, peak bodies, and existing and emerging leaders across fishing and aquaculture in the Perth area.
The purpose of the visit was to listen to experiences and observations shared by stakeholders, identify issues and opportunities, and understand how the FRDC can help through targeted investment in Research, Development and Extension.

Find the communique for their visit here (PDF, 119KB).
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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