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Hobart named as host city for 2024 Seafood Directions Conference

Following a sell-out event in 2022, Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak-body representing Australia’s commercial seafood industry, has announced their biennial conference, Seafood Directions, will be held in Hobart from September 10-12, 2024. 

“It is with great pleasure we announce the Seafood Directions Conference 2024 will be held in Hobart at the Hotel Grand Chancellor from September 10-12,” SIA CEO Veronica Papacosta said. 

“The conference is the industry’s leading forum for knowledge exchange, collaboration, and networking. As one of the most prominent gatherings of commercial seafood professionals in the Southern Hemisphere, the conference attracts attendees from fields including aquaculture, wild-capture fisheries, research institutions, government bodies, processors, suppliers, exporters, and retailers.

“We’re excited to bring the Seafood Directions Conference to Hobart. Tasmania is renowned for its thriving commercial seafood industry, innovative aquaculture facilities, leading wild-catch fisheries, world-class port-harvest ventures and progressive feed producers. Its vibrant culinary scene, rich maritime heritage, and commitment to sustainable seafood practices make it an ideal location to hold this event. 

“The conference venue offers a central location amidst the hustle and bustle of a working commercial seafood harbour. The interactive three day conference program will facilitate meaningful discussions and interactions, capped off by the industry’s night-of-nights, the National Seafood Industry Awards, celebrating the contribution of individuals, businesses and organisations to the Australian seafood industry over the last two years. 

“The Seafood Directions Conference 2024 aims to explore innovative strategies, emerging technologies, and sustainable practices that will shape the seafood industry’s trajectory. The program will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and industry exhibitions, covering a broad range of topics including climate resilience, nature, collaboration,  Sustainable Development and the Blue Economy.

“The conference will provide an exceptional opportunity for delegates to gain insights from renowned experts, engage in thought-provoking discussions, and forge valuable connections with industry peers. Attendees will have ample opportunities to explore Hobart’s natural beauty, enjoy its renowned seafood delicacies, and immerse themselves in the local culture.

“This conference will foster collaboration, inspire innovation, and empower participants to address the critical challenges and opportunities facing the seafood sector today. We look forward to welcoming delegates from around the globe to experience the warmth and hospitality of Hobart.”

Stay up to date with the Seafood Directions Conference at Early-bird ticket sales for the 2024 event will open in January 2024.



The Seafood Directions was established in 1999 as a Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) initiative to provide an industry forum for the exchange of ideas. FRDC remains a key funding partner and support agency for Seafood Directions 2022, 2024 and 2026 which will be hosted by Seafood Industry Australia.

The Seafood Directions Conference is a premier international event that brings together professionals, researchers, and stakeholders from the seafood industry to discuss key issues, share knowledge, and explore opportunities for growth and sustainability. With a focus on innovation, responsible practices, and industry collaboration, the conference plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of the global seafood sector.


Sponsorship opportunities for the Seafood Directions Conference 2024 will be opening soon. For information on conference sponsorship please contact the Seafood Industry Australia team:

CEO, Veronica Papacosta 
m: 0409 220 7884
e: [email protected]

Stakeholder Manager, Jasmin Kelly
m: 0411 430 838
e: [email protected]


  • Held at the Sofitel, Brisbane Central 
  • 500 delegates, from four countries 
  • 106 speakers, 40 sessions, three days 
  • 97% of delegates plan to attend Seafood Directions 2024