Aquaculture Advisory Committee

 

In late 2021, it was announced SIA would absorb of the responsibilities of the National Aquaculture Council (NAC) and launch the Aquaculture Advisory Committee (AAC). 

The AAC, with representatives from Australia’s eight key aquaculture sectors, has been developed to further the sector’s position as world-leaders in operations, environmental management, fish and crustacean health, biosecurity, and sustainability. 

READ MORE: Seafood Industry Australia absorbs National Aquaculture Council, launches Aquaculture Advisory Committee

SIA and the AAC will strive for a sector that is well resourced to deliver high-quality, Australian seafood to both the domestic and international markets now and for generations to come.

The importance of Australia’s Aquaculture sector

The  release  of  the Australian  Fisheries  and  Aquaculture  statistics  2020 showed  aquaculture  had become the largest sector of the domestic seafood industry, accounting for 51% of total GVP, and 38% of total volume.

The sector maintained steady growth, with GVP growing 10 per cent in 2019−20 to $1.6  billion, and an increase of volume by 11% to1,106,139 tonnes. This growth can be largely attributed to Tasmania’s growing Atlantic Salmon industry, which is now worth 35 per cent of national fisheries and aquaculture GVP.

Australia’s aquaculture  sector  has  a  bright  future  as  it  continues  to set  international  benchmarks  by providing fresh, high-quality, sustainable seafood year-round, while meeting and exceeding regulatory requirements. SIA is determined to help the aquaculture sector grow and prosper.  

Meet SIA's Aquaculture Advisory Committee

David, representing mussels and abalone, is an experienced executive, who directs and manages a business through the growth and downturn cycles to optimise shareholder value. He has been responsible for developing and translating corporate strategy and vision into executable business plans. With over 12 years of experience in the wine industry before moving to aquaculture with Petuna Aquaculture (fin fish) and Tassal Group (prawns). David now leads Yumbah as it continues its journey towards becoming a leading shellfish aquaculture company.

You can get in contact with David via david.wood@yumbah.com or 0417 011 920

Jo joined the Australian Barramundi Farmers’ Association as CEO in 2018. She has strong experience in industry engagement and representation, strategic planning, research program management, governance grant application evaluation, leadership development and capacity building, education, training and sustainability. Jo was also previously the Deputy Chair of the National Aquaculture Council.

You can get in touch with Jo-Anne via admin@abfa.org.au or 0415 244 759

Robert, who represents King Fish has 20+ years experience in corporate and commercial roles. He spent five years in London and New York with JP Morgan Chase investment bank before ten years with Jurlique including seven years as Chief Financial Officer. Following on from being CFO at kikki.K, he joined Clean Seas in 2019 as their CFO, and has been CEO at Clean Seas since 2020.

You can get in touch with Rob via rob.gratton@cleanseas.com.au or 0434 148 979

David, representing mussels and abalone, is an experienced executive, who directs and manages a business through the growth and downturn cycles to optimise shareholder value. He has been responsible for developing and translating corporate strategy and vision into executable business plans. With over 12 years of experience in the wine industry before moving to aquaculture with Petuna Aquaculture (fin fish) and Tassal Group (prawns). David now leads Yumbah as it continues its journey towards becoming a leading shellfish aquaculture company.

You can get in contact with David via david.wood@yumbah.com or 0417 011 920

Andy splits his time between Oysters Australia and the NSW Farmers Association, where he develops, manages, and delivers oyster projects. He’s been involved in the oyster industry since 2009, during which time he’s delivered a range of projects for the betterment of the industry. With a background in marine science and coastal management he has a particular interest in water quality and the extension and application of research. He is a graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program, sits on numerous industry committees and is a qualified Cert IV trainer and assessor.

You can get in touch with Andy via management@oystersaustralia.org or 0488 656 366

Kim, representing farmed prawns, is presently Executive Officer for the Australian Prawn Farmers Association (APFA) and is a former Chief of Staff to a federal Assistant Minister with strong government liaison and leadership skills. Kim was the previous Chair of the National Aquaculture Council, providing a the central point of consultation for government and was the industry facilitator for the new DAWE AQUAPLAN. Kim is a graduate  of  the  National  Seafood  Industry  Leadership  (NSILP)  program and is driven to influence positive change on behalf of the sector.

Kim can be contacted via kim.hooper@apfa.com.au or 0417 006 639

Angela, representing Salmon, has extensive knowledge of international, federal, state and local government policy, media, communication, and operations due to her experience working in and advising Australian governments and working within parliamentary processes.

Up until recently, Angela was responsible for telling the story, managing government relations and strategy for Australia’s largest salmon farmer, tiger prawn farmer and seafood producer; Tassal Group.

Angela’s personal drive is in advancing a global agenda – ecologically sustainable development of our coasts and oceans. Put in terms that resonate for me as healthy oceans, cared for, understood and used wisely for the benefit of all now and in the future.

You can get in touch with Angela via angela.williamson@blueeconomycrc.com.au or 0456 987 505 

Michael, representing Southern Bluefin Tuna, has spent a lifetime in the Australian  Southern Bluefin Tuna industry was appointed as a director of Dinko Tuna in 2011 while also managing their aquaculture operations. He is also a director of the Australia Maritime and Fisheries Academy. Michael has professional fishing experience with Southern Bluefin Tuna, Sardine and the Spencer Gulf prawn fishery.

You can get in touch with Michael via michael@dinkotuna.com or 0418 837 051

The AAC’s mission is to: Support collaboration to refresh Australia’s aquaculture narrative by addressing the industry’s most relevant challenges and opportunities

Through research and interviews, the AAC decided on a series of priority areas, below, to assist in directing activity.

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Want to know more? Get in touch with our Aquaculture Policy and Project Officer Julie Petty on jp@seafoodindustryaustralia.com.au or via mobile on 0438 165 218. 

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