9 June 2017
Seafood Industry Gets Its Ship Together
The new national peak body, Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), is being launched in Adelaide today with around 100 businesses and political leaders from across Australia attending to celebrate.
The Chair of the inaugural SIA board, Veronica Papacosta, said that ‘the formation of SIA is the culmination of two years’ work by many people to establish a united voice for the Australian seafood industry.
Veronica notes that ‘the formation of SIA has been an industry-led process, with unwavering support from the Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston.
The outcome is that SIA has been designed by the industry and for the industry. The new body is an inclusive organisation, welcoming membership from individual businesses and associations from across the wild catch, aquaculture and post-harvest sectors.
I’m excited with the high level of support we have already received from seafood businesses to form SIA as an influential national body,’ she said.
Almost 100 industry businesses and associations voluntarily pledged $0.64m to become financial members before SIA was formed.
‘SIA exists for its members and to produce outcomes that are real, measureable and valued by industry businesses. It will leverage all its resources, members and their organisations to achieve scale and influence for the industry, while maximising operational efficiency,’ Veronica said.
‘SIA has been formed to have more influence with Government decisions, to act as a national industry voice, to be a marketing and communications hub, and to remove obstacles to sustainable growth of the seafood industry.
The time has come for the Australian seafood industry to acknowledge and be acknowledged for its contribution to Australian society by providing healthy, clean, sustainable, high quality seafood and real jobs in regional Australia and our capital cities.
Australian seafood is amongst the best in the world and Seafood Industry Australia will be a constant advocate for our seafood industry both nationally and abroad,’ Veronica said.
The launch of SIA features a lunch that celebrates Australian seafood donated by members, with guests also invited to tour the Australian Maritime and Fisheries Academy following the event.
The formation of SIA as the national peak seafood industry body is the outcome of a major project that received $0.5m in grant funds from the Australian government. More information is available on the SIA site at www.seafoodindustryaustralia.com.au.
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