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20.03.17

COMMUNIQUE - Inaugural directors selected for Seafood Industry Australia

The National Seafood Industry Alliance (NSIA) Chair Johnathon Davey announced today the people who have been selected to form the inaugural board of the new peak body Seafood Industry Australia (SIA).

The selection of the ‘pro tem’ directors is a critical step in the United Seafood Industries project to form a new peak body to represent the interests of seafood businesses across Australia. It follows the release of a ‘Prospectus’ document in 2016 and widespread industry support including letters of intent valued at $644,460 from close to 100 organisations and individuals.

‘I’m very excited to announce that a talented group of people with a diversity of skills and experience have been selected to lead the next phase of the work to form SIA,’ Johnathon said.

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27.06.16

2016 Federal Election Policy Priorities

 Australian fisheries are among the best managed in the world and Australia is one of the world’s leaders in fisheries management science. The Australian fishing industry (wildcatch, aquaculture and pearling industries) is proud of its credentials in meeting the highest standards of environmental responsibility, management and sustainability.

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Download NSIA 2016 Federal Election Policy Priorities (218 k)

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Download the Australian Labor Party Response (522 k)

Download the Coalition Party response (336 k)



3.03.16

COMMUNIQUE - February 2016

The first milestone report has been lodged for the Developing a National Peak Body project and all NSIA members were encouraged to actively promote the availability of the “Progress and Next Steps” report which is now available online via the project’s website (unitedseafoodindustries.com.au). Almost all of the downloads of the report are coming from direct links from industry association websites or emails, which has added to the growing list of industry members signed up to the website to receive the report directly. Commercial business leaders from across wild catch, aquaculture and post-harvest sectors from around Australia have been invited to participate in an Industry Forum to be held in Adelaide at the end of March. The key reason for the forum is to get the input of commercial business leaders from across the seafood industry on key strategic issues identified in the “Progress and Next Steps” project report.

We have endorsed the NSIA 2016 Election Policy Priorities document which will shortly be sent to all major Federal parties seeking a written response of their support for the positions.

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29.02.16

Seafood Industry Peak Body Project gathers momentum

The National Seafood Industry Alliance Incorporated (NSIA) project to form a peak body for the seafood industry is gathering momentum, with the first progress report released this month.

The first phase involved consultation with people across wild catch, aquaculture and post-harvest sectors. These consultations found that there is both a need and a level of urgency across the industry to form a national peak body.

The next step in the project is the convening of an Industry Forum in Adelaide on 30/31 March, 2016. The forum will be opened by the Senator Anne Ruston, Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and a select cross section of significant seafood business leaders from across Australia have been invited by the Minister to participate. The purpose will be to decide on the process and urgency for developing business model options and wider industry consultation by June 2016.

This project provides industry with the much needed resources to see a funded national peak body in action as a direct result, an opportunity and choice that will be decided by industry. Importantly, the forum will be chaired by industry leaders with participating businesses guiding what a peak body would do and how it may be established.

A copy of the Progress and Next Steps Report can be downloaded from the project website at www.unitedseafoodindustries.com.au

The NSIA peak body project is funded by the Australian Government and is being managed by Inovact Consulting. 



4.02.16

Sustainable seafood beaches champion

The National Seafood Industry Alliance Incorporated (NSIA) is delighted to see Layne Beachley reach out to consumers to support sustainable seafood.

“Australian seafood is sustainable, and to have a world champion advocate for consumers to buy sustainable seafood is wonderful news for the seafood industry,” said National Seafood Industry Alliance Chair, Ms Katherine Winchester.

“Consumers are in the driver’s seat, every single purchase they make counts, and when they purchase Australian seafood they can be confident they have made the right choice,” she said.

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24.12.15

Inquiry set to boost industry

The National Seafood Industry Alliance Incorporated (NSIA) has warmly welcomed the announcement of a Productivity Commission inquiry into regulation of the Australian marine fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

“Yesterday’s announcement by the Hon Scott Morrison MP Treasurer and Senator the Hon Anne Ruston Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources is a wonderful Christmas present and makes for an exciting 2016,” said National Seafood Industry Alliance Chair, Ms Katherine Winchester.

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23.12.15

COMMUNIQUE - December 2015

The National Seafood Industry Alliance Incorporated (NSIA) held a Committee Meeting on 16 December 2015 via teleconference. This communique has been compiled to provide an overview of key NSIA issues discussed.

An update from Brian Ramsay, Invoact Consulting on the Developing a National Peak Body project was provided and NSIA are in agreement that the project is on target to deliver its first milestone report due at the end of January 2015. Acting on the feedback from industry for urgent need for a peak, NSIA is exploring options to shorten the timeframe of the project as well as better identify exactly what would the peak body do that is valued by industry.

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27.11.15

COMMUNIQUE - November 2015

The National Seafood Industry Alliance Incorporated (NSIA) held its Annual General Meeting and a General Meeting on Tuesday 24 November 2015 in Canberra at the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation offices. This communique has been compiled to provide an overview of NSIA activities whilst in Canberra.

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26.03.15

 Move to remove seafood mystery

The National Seafood Industry Alliance commends those Senators who have today announced their support for legislating Country of Origin Labelling of seafood (CoOL).

“Seafood consumers dining out want to be told from which country that seafood has been sourced. Senator Nick Xenophon has today announced his intention to introduce a Bill to the Senate to ensure consumers will always know whether the seafood they are eating is Australian and if not, from which country it came.,” said Mr Grahame Turk, Chairman, National Seafood Industry Alliance.

“This Bill will address the current gap in the legislation that leaves consumers in the dark regarding the origin of their seafood when they are dining out.” Mr Turk said.

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26.02.15

The country of origin of the seafood you eat should never be a mystery.

The National Seafood Industry Alliance is seeking support from Members of Parliament to implement the recommendation of the Commonwealth Government’s recent inquiry into current seafood labelling laws. It is also urging consumers to have their say.

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19.12.14

Seafood labelling laws to be strengthened

The National Seafood Industry Alliance welcomes the Senate committee report that has called for the removal of an exemption that creates a void in the information about seafood provided to consumers when they are dining out.

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16.09.14

Marine reserve independent review supported

The National Seafood Industry Alliance (NSIA) has welcomed the Government announcement of the independent panels for the scientific review of Commonwealth Marine Reserves. NSIA applauds the Government for actioning its election commitment to undertake the review.

“It is important that the objectives of marine reserves are achievable and that the real risks to the marine environment are addressed,” NSIA Chairman, Mr Grahame Turk said.

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30.08.13

Media Release - Suspension welcomed by professional fishermen

THE National Seafood Industry Alliance which represents the Australian seafood industry has welcomed the Coalition’s commitment to review the new Commonwealth marine parks. National Seafood Industry Alliance (NSIA) Chair, Mr Grahame Turk, said today that the marine parks declared by the Labor Government would ban one or more types of fishing in more than two million square kilometres of ocean round Australia from 1 July 2014.

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27.08.13

2013 Federal Election Policy Statement

Australian fisheries are among the best managed in the world and Australia is one of the world’s leaders in fisheries management science. The Australian fishing industry (wildcatch, aquaculture and pearling industries) is proud of its credentials in meeting the highest standards of environmental responsibility, management and sustainability.

Download NSIA 2013 Federal Election Policy Statement (274 k)

Download a snapshot of current political commitments (660 k)

Download the Australian Greens response (68.4 k)

Download the Australian Labor Party response (945 k)

Download the Coalition's Party policy (1.73 Mb)

Download the Australian Labor Party response to Commonwealth Fisheries Association (479 k)

Read the Australian Greens Marine and Coastal policy  



1.07.13

NSIA Submission - Transitional Business Assistance Guidelines – Draft for Consultation

In responding directly to the “Transitional Business Assistance Guidelines – Draft for Consultation, June 2013” (the Draft Guidelines) and related “Appendices” (Draft TBA Appendices), NSIA considers the development of, and currently proposed details of, the FAAP remain flawed due (and not limited to) to the following:

 1. The currently proposed timing of the FAAP components (or “elements”), will result in gaps between impacts to fishing operators and fisheries management and delivery of potential assistance. NSIA believes the proposed order for delivery of the FAAP components will exacerbate negative impacts on the fishing industry, and potentially undermine sustainable fisheries management...

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27.03.13

Media Release

Collectively as industry and along with affected communities, we believe the Management Plans before Federal Parliament relating to the Marine Bio-Regional Planning Process (MBPP), are unacceptable and must be disallowed by Parliament.

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15.03.13

THE IDEA IS NOT THE PROBLEM, it's the management plans with no cost benefit analysis that are.

The Gillard Government is heading to an election in September and wants the management plans for the big, green, world’s greatest marine reserve network rushed through parliament as a last hooray.

Recent history is littered with examples of plans rushed into action by Government, resulting in dire consequences and laments of the “benefit of hindsight” and poor planning due to the need for speedy implementation.

It is simply irresponsible for Australia to pioneer the world’s biggest marine reserve network – which covers 40% of our nation’s oceans - without a formal cost benefit analysis on the plan.

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14.02.13

Submission on Draft Management Plans 

National Seafood Industry Alliance (NSIA) submission responds to the release by Government of the draft Management Plans for the Temperate East, Coral Sea, North, North-West and South-West Commonwealth Marine Reserves Networks.

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14.02.13

Proposed framework for the assessment of fishing methods in Commonwealth marine reserves

This initial response to the draft SEWPAC document “Proposed framework for the assessment of fishing methods in Commonwealth marine reserves” is preliminary in nature, provided on a without prejudice basis, and on the assumption that further work between Government and the fishing and aquaculture industry is essential to discuss, resolve and finalise this necessary framework, prior to management plans being finalised.

As the primary instigator, we strongly support the acknowledged need for a framework for theassessment of fishing methods as part of managing the Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network(CMRN). We note earlier departmental advice that the original Fishing Gear Risks Assessment would only a ‘tool’ for thedevelopment of the CMRN. The CMRN is now in place and an appropriate framework addressing theissues raised by industry should now be the basis of these discussions.

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23.01.13

 Fishing Industry Bulletin - Marine Planning Consultation

 An industry bulletin providing updates on the management plans and management arrangements, fisheries adjustment assistance package and SEWPAC structural and senior personnel changes.

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7.01.13

Don’t sink our fishing communities

The NSIA is fighting for a fair go for all Australians impacted by marine reserves. Sign the community petition by 1 February 2013! 

The National Seafood Industry Alliance (NSIA) is fighting for a fair go for all Australians impacted by marine reserves, and we need your support to achieve it. 

The Commonwealth Marine Reserves Networks are being implemented, and people are being negatively impacted. Not just commercial fishers, but businesses reliant on the seafood industry, recreational fishers, charter boat operators and local communities all around Australia. 

The professional fishing industry will not get adequate adjustment assistance under the current government proposal. But neither will many others. We are asking the Australian Government for a fair go for Australia's fishers, fishing communities, recreational fishers and businesses, charter boat operators, seafood businesses and workers.

The Government is refusing to provide proper compensation for those affected by the new Marine Reserves Networks, which will revoke the right to fish in many regions. 

Sign the community petition by 1 February 2013! Go to Don’t Sink Our Fishing Communities 

Send your message to the Federal Environment Minister and the Fisheries Minister: that the government must provide fair and reasonable adjustment assistance to any Australian negatively impacted by the Marine Reserves Networks.



3.12.12

No government assistance for regional communities and businesses

The Commonwealth government will NOT be providing assistance to the many communities, and businesses, around Australia impacted by the displacement of the fishing industry by the new Commonwealth marine reserves network.

“People in regional communities need to be asking the federal Minister for Environment, Tony Burke and Minister for Fisheries, Joe Ludwig, as well as their local members now about why the government will not support them.” said National Seafood Industry Alliance, Chair, Mr Grahame Turk.

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27.11.12

Seafood Alliance withdraws from consultation process

The National Seafood Industry Alliance (NSIA) has reluctantly withdrawn from the consultation process on the Commonwealth marine reserves network fisheries adjustment assistance package.

“At a meeting in Canberra today with Environment Minister Tony Burke, NSIA was left with no other option but to withdraw from further discussions to develop the fisheries adjustment assistance package,” said National Seafood Industry Alliance Chair, Mr Grahame Turk.

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16.11.12

Media Release - Announcement of new marine reserves network premature

The National Seafood Industry Alliance has labelled today’s declaration of the new Commonwealth marine reserves network as “premature”.

“Government has not assessed the true impacts of these reserves on the fishing industry, the businesses supporting Australia’s seafood industry, or the 100 communities around Australia that will be directly impacted,” said National Seafood Industry Alliance Chair, Mr Grahame Turk.

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16.10.12

Fisheries Adjustment Assistance Package for new Commonwealth Marine Reserves: Discussion paper

This submission responds directly to the Fisheries Adjustment Assistance Package for new Commonwealth Marine Reserves discussion paper. However, it should be noted that industry remains very concerned about the process so far, which has not adequately involved the fishing industry and other experts in working through the proposed Adjustment Assistance guidelines.

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10.09.12

Submission - Commonwealth marine reserves network proposal

Australia’s fishing industry does not support the current Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network (CMRN) proposal. Industry asserts that the proposal:

  • will result in a significant change in the way Commonwealth marine areas are managed and resources allocated, which will unnecessarily impact upon the fishing industry;
  • has been progressed via an unsatisfactory process, with identified concerns regarding transparency, methods used to achieve desired outcomes and appropriate use of information;
  • has not demonstrated how desired biodiversity conservation outcomes will be delivered through declaration of the CMRN; and
  • has failed to demonstrate that benefits of the Government‘s proposal will outweigh costs to the community.

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10.09.12

Media Release - No cost-benefit evidence for Marine Reserves Network proposal

The fishing industry cannot support the proposed Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network (CMRN) in its current form. The Government’s proposal places an unjust burden on Australia’s fishing industry and regional communities, with no proper calculation of the impacts. Without changes to the Government’s plan, businesses will fold, jobs will be lost and those remaining in the industry will be hit with higher fees to cover fisheries management costs.

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10.09.12

Advice in relation to the Commonwealth’s Marine Reserve Network for the South West, North, North West, Coral Sea & Temperate East Regions.

The report analysed the Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) for the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network against the adequacy guidelines of the Commonwealth Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) and found the RIS to be critically deficient in many key areas and demonstrably failed to meet the guidelines.

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10.09.12

Review of ABARES' Social and Economic Assessment of the Proposed Commonwealth Marine Reserves Network

Ernst & Young has found that the ABARES study lacks the consideration of the full impacts of the Marine Reserves Network Proposal. In particular, it does not consider the following costs:

  • The impacts on the downstream processing industry
  • The costs of implementing the Marine Reserves Proposal, including enforcement costs.
  • The loss of prospective revenues and earnings associated with current licences
  • The impacts on charter fishing, tourism and recreational fishing

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27.08.12

Submission - Draft South-east Marine Reserves Network Management Plan 2012-22

 This submission provides the views of the National Seafood Industry Alliance (NSIA) on the Draft South-east Marine Reserves Network Management Plan 2012-22.

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23.05.12

Media Release - The real costs of the Commonwealth Government's marine reserve networks

The National Seafood Industry Alliance (NSIA) will next week present to parliamentarians, five refined proposals to the Commonwealth Government’s marine reserve networks.

The Commonwealth Government’s marine plans that are currently on the table will have a significant impact on the future of Australia’s commercial fishing industry and more broadly will directly affect ninety communities all around Australia’s coastline...

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5.04.12

Australian Seafood Consumers Misled by Prophets of Doom and Gloom by Dr Ray Hilborn and Dr Bob Kearney (AM)

Global situation

There is much gloom and doom in Australia and around the world about the sustainability of fisheries. Perhaps the best known example and that most commonly used by those who wish to demonise fishing is the prediction that all commercial fish stocks could be collapsed by 2048 (Worm et al. 2006). A similar message has been portrayed by claims that all the large fish of the ocean were seriously depleted by 2003 (Myers and Worm) and that we are fishing down aquatic food chains to the extent that soon all that will be left will be jelly fish (Pauly et al. 1988).....

 

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3.04.12

NSIA strategic plan

OUR VISION

The vision of NSIA is to provide national representation of the commercial seafood industry to the Australian government.

The National Seafood Industry Alliance will promote the interests of the seafood and fishing industry, develop national strategies to secure the long term future of the seafood and fishing industry; and promote and enhance the profile of sustainable seafood production...

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1.03.12

Communique - March 2012

NSIA met with the Hon. Joe Ludwig, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in Brisbane inearly March to discuss the seafood industry and NSIA priority areas, including Country of OriginLabelling, Australian Fisheries Standard, Marine Bioregional Planning and amendments to thePIERD Act...

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24.02.12

Media Release - Industry plans to secure Australian seafood supply

The Commonwealth Fisheries Association, NSW Seafood Industry Council and Queensland SeafoodIndustry Council, proposals for the Temperate East and Coral Sea Marine Reserve Networks are nowavailable. These plans for the marine environment will meet the Australian community’s needs for asustainable fresh Australian seafood supply....

Industry plans to secure seafood supply PDF - Media Release (113 k)



6.12.11

Marine parks no answer to threats:

Colin Buxton, Bob Kearney and Caleb Gardner: The West Australian Tuesday December 6, 2011

Australia's marine environment is extraordinarily diverse, beautiful and needs to be protected for all Australians, now and into the future. This view is shared by most and it's the reason many prominent Australians have thrown their weight behind the current push for more marine parks in WA.

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6.12.11

Media Release - Burke gaffed in Marine Park row

One of Western Australia's three remaining federal Labor MPs has appealed to Environment Minister Tony Burke to reconsider shutting fisheries off the coast of her electorate as the Liberal Party taps into anger over a propsed network of marine parks the length of the state.

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6.12.11

Save our Farmers website in support of fishermen

A leading Australian academic has labelled the federal government's proposed plans to significantly extend Australia's Marine Protected Areas as 'fatally flawed'.

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5.12.11

Dr Robert Kearney, Emeritus Professor of Fisheries, University of Canberra talking to Radio 6PR's Paul Murray on the Sustainability of Australian seafood

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5.12.11

Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbot, speaking at the Save Our Seafood Lunch in Perth on 5 December, 2011

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5.12.11

Save our Seafood Lunch

The WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) has invited Professor Bob Kearney, Emeritus Professor in Fisheries at University of Canberra, to Perth to present an independent perspective on the current Marine Reserves debate at a lunch to be held at the Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club on Monday 5 December 2011.

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28.11.11

Industry propose World’s largest marine reserve coverage

The Commonwealth Fisheries Association, in partnership with Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland fishing industry peak bodies, today submitted to Government refined proposals for the North­west and North Marine Reserve Networks. The proposals, including those already submitted for the South­west region, combine to form the largest marine reserve coverage in the world, designed to achieve conservation and protection of Australia’s marine environment, whilst minimising the impacts on industry.

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9.08.11

Fishing Industry Plan for South-west marine conservation

The Commonwealth, South Australia and Western Australia commercial fishing industries submitted refined and responsible proposal for the SouthwestMarine Reserve Network that will not only ensure conservation and protection of the marine environment but will also assure a vibrant fishing industrycontinues into the future...

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5.05.11

Commonwealth fishing industry concerns over South West marine park proposal

Today’s release of the South West Marine Bioregional Plan by the Hon Tony Burke, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, is the start of an important process that will consider how the natural resources of the marine environment are valued by the Australian community.

“The release of the draft SouthWest Plan provides the first opportunity for the fishing industry to see the proposed boundaries and zonings of the marine reserve, including where multiple use areas are likely to be situated. We have initial concerns at the significant areas proposed for complete fishing closures” said Trixi Madon, CEO Commonwealth Fisheries Association...

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24.11.10

Media Release - PEW report threat to Australia's national interest

NATIONAL SEAFOOD INDUSTRY ALLIANCE - Wednesday 24th November 2010

The recently released Ecology Centre paper from the University of Queensland is riddled with factual errors and confusion, the National Seafood Industry Alliance said today.

The fact that the report is funded by the foreign environment lobby group PEW - which is in turn funded by US oil and gas interests - makes a mockery of the Ecology Centre’s claims to be independent and suggests the utmost caution must be taken in considering its recommendations...

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