The future of the NSW seafood industry is set to take shape following the Hon. Adam Marshall, Minister for Agriculture’s announcement of a $40,000 investment and government support towards the development of a collaborative vision and roadmap in partnership with the NSW Seafood Industry Council (NSWSIC).
The Minister made the announcement at the Sydney Fish Market Seafood Excellence Awards during a speech in which he discussed the importance of the regional supply chain and his commitment to working closely with industry to ensure a prosperous and sustainable industry into the future.
NSWSIC Chair and General Manager of Sydney Fish Market Bryan Skepper says, “We are extremely grateful to the Minister for this generous grant and we look forward to working with him and the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to develop a roadmap for the future of the industry.”
The roadmap and strategic vision will be unveiled at the Parliamentary Friends of Seafood event at NSW Parliament House on World Fisheries Day – November 21st (2019). Launched in 2018, the Parliamentary Friends of Seafood is an opportunity for the NSW Seafood Industry to connect with members of parliament and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing them.
NSWSIC Deputy Chair and CEO of the Professional Fisherman’s Association, Tricia Beatty, says, “The recent industry restructure has meant it’s been a tough few years for fishers in this state. This collaborative approach is a positive step forward and will ensure we are all working together towards a successful future.”
The funds will enable NSWSIC to engage relevant consultants and to host a series of workshops with industry and DPI in the coming months to develop the strategic vision and roadmap.
Source: NSW Seafood Industry Council