South Australia’s fisheries on the world stage
The World Fisheries Congress is the premier fishing research, management and industry event held every four years and is the first time that Adelaide has been the host city.
Primary Industries and Regional Development Minister David Basham said winning the right to host the prestigious event which runs through Friday gives a significant boost to the state’s fishing industry as she recovers from the impacts of COVID-19 and market disruption.
“South Australia is the Australian seafood state with our pristine marine and freshwater environments producing some of the world’s most sought-after seafood,” said Minister Basham.
“With the theme of the Congress ‘Sharing our oceans and rivers – a vision for the world’s fisheries’, our producers, scientists and policy makers will exchange ideas with their international counterparts over the next four days on production techniques, executives regulations, research and a vision for the future for industry around the world.
“As COVID-19 forced WFC 2021 to be delivered virtually, featuring over 1,100 delegates from over 60 countries, this event provides an ideal platform to showcase our way of life and opportunities for investment in fisheries, aquaculture, tourism and recreation.
“Our fishing and aquaculture industries are among the largest primary production sectors in the state, with a joint production value of $ 469 million in 2019-2020. Our commercial fisheries harvested approximately 48,500 tonnes of seafood, while our aquaculture sector produced approximately 17,500 tonnes.
“We have a diverse line of commercial fisheries and seafood processors all producing large-scale, high-value products including southern lobster, southern bluefin tuna, oysters, mussels, shrimp, abalone. and yellowfin tuna.
“These sectors contribute significantly to regional development, with more than 5,300 full-time jobs generated by the industry, primarily in our cities and coastal communities across the state.
“The fisheries sector also offers important social, cultural and economic values through recreational and traditional Aboriginal fishing.
“Marshall’s Liberal government is committed to working with industry to ensure South Australia remains at the forefront of Australian fisheries and aquaculture management and that the future growth of the industry continues in a productive, competitive, innovative and environmentally sustainable manner.
WFC 2021 is organized in partnership with the World Council of Fisheries Societies, the Australian Society for Fish Biology, and the state governments of Australia and South Australia.
For more information visit www.wfc2021.com.au