‘A step in the right direction’: Australian seafood industry welcomes National Fisheries Plan 2022-2030

‘A step in the right direction’: Australian seafood industry welcomes National Fisheries Plan 2022-2030

Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak-body representing Australia’s commercial seafood industry, has welcomed the release of the first National Fisheries Plan 2022-2030.

“The National Fisheries Plan 2022-2030 has been designed to drive the sustainable growth of Australia’s fishing, aquaculture and seafood community,” SIA CEO Veronica Papacosta said. 

“The Australian seafood industry welcomes its release and looks forward to work getting underway on the nine Government identified focus areas. These areas support SIA’s key priority areas including resource sharing and the security of access, the health and wellbeing of our industry participants, workforce retention and training, and developing the social licence and community support for our industry.”

“(The Plan) aims to align the strategic planning, prioritisation and investment of governments, with the Australian Fisheries Management Forum working with national industry representatives, to create an implementation framework to guide the plan through existing structures and resources,” Assistant Minister for Fisheries Senator Jonno Duniam said in a media release.

“As we look towards the 2030 ag-target, having the first plan devoted entirely to the growth and development of Australia’s commercial seafood productions is a step in the right direction. Importantly, we look forward to finding out more about the framework and governance that will underpin the plan, ensure it is brought to life and that material outcomes are achieved. 

“The plan sets out initiatives and targets designed to support and empower our seafood producers by streamlining governance to reduce red tape and boost innovation. Internationally the Australian seafood industry is considered world-leaders in fisheries management, new technology development and innovation, the National Fisheries Plan 2022-2030 plan provides the foundations for this to continue and the processes to be streamlined. 

“Australian seafood is one of the best managed, healthiest and most sustainable protein sources in the world, and we welcome the support of the government to grow and develop our great Australian seafood industry.

“SIA looks forward to continuing to work closely with government, industry and stakeholders to deliver the sustainable growth and development of the industry. We’d like to acknowledge the hard work of all members of the Australian seafood industry who have worked tirelessly with the government to finalise and release this plan.”

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