I am pleased to report on behalf of National Seafood Industry Alliance Incorporated (NSIA) that our 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.
National Seafood Industry Alliance