August 2018
News Recap
WA Fish and Chip Shops Contend for National Title - 'The Best'

The Minister for Fisheries, The Hon. Dave Kelly, knows that fish from the west, is best, and wants a WA fish and chip shop to take home first prize in this year’s National Fish and Chip Awards. But in order to win the national title that recognises top-notch fish and chips, he is urging all Western Australians to get behind their favourite shop and cast a vote.

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New Direction for WAFIC

The Board has worked to develop a new strategic direction statement, which includes an updated vision and mission to reflect new requirements and outcomes for the industry. This statement, endorsed at the August 2018 Board meeting, will provide the guiding principles for the development of operational plans and staff responsibilities.

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WAFIC Membership Update

Recently WAFIC received 18 applications for membership including 1 for associate membership. The Board wrote to members seeking advice on the quantum of applications and the possible impact on WAFIC’s constitutional object 3.1.7 “To encourage and support strong fishery specific, industry sector and regional bodies”. Of the responses 8 of 11 see no impediment to an increase in WAFIC membership surrounding this clause.

The Board wishes to advise that anyone meeting the membership criteria may wish to apply (click for membership form) and that if necessary another Board meeting would be held before the 30 November AGM to consider membership applications, so no one is disadvantaged.

Click to read more and to access the latest version of the WAFIC membership forms

Online Diary of an Artist and her Fisherman

Allira promotes her Instagram page, “salted_sunrise”, as ‘the artist and the fisherman’ – a beautiful journey of a young family living a coastal lifestyle. Her page brimms full of photos of her fisher husband Christian, his fishing boat, artwork by Allira - and their lifestyle. Her Instagram page is also used as a diary while Christian is away at sea.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison Announces Ministry

Given the new changes in the Australian government, the new assistant Minister for Agriculture, the Hon. Richard Colbeck, has taken over responsibility for the Commonwealth Commercial Fisheries including the Fisheries Research Development Corporation (FRDC). Senator Colbeck is an ally of the industry and WAFIC looks forward to working closely with him. 

Click for link to new Ministry
Industry Welcomes Disallowance 
Motions Against Commonwealth Marine Management Plans

After 10 years of consultation, reviews and negotiations, news of the defeat of five disallowance motions in the Senate against the Commonwealth Marine Park Management plans is welcomed by the commercial fishing industry. We have to give thanks to the support of the cross bench senators who upheld their vote in order to achieve the disallowance motions - 29 votes to 36. It is a great achievement for all of industry as well as all the other industry groups who kept up the good fight through consistent messaging and presenting a united voice.

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Seafood Shines at 2018 Gascoyne Food Festival

Over 2000 guests flocked to the 10th annual Gascoyne Food Festival that focuses on giving patrons gastronomic pleasures using local fresh produce prepared by renowned chefs, in the outback oasis at the edge of the world.

Kicking off on August 5, the festival was promoted as the ultimate winter foodie get-away, where some of WA’s finest produce from the North West of our state was on show. A highlight was the presentation of the inaugural ‘Gascoyne Food Hero’ awarded to NorWest founder and seafood legend Kel Brown and WA Food ambassador Don Hancey, in recognition of their contribution to the region's food industry.

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Fish and Chip Gelato - A World First From WA

According to regarded WA foodie reporter Rob Broadfield, the Kailis Gelato was our ‘nation’s first fish and chip ice cream,’ (The West Australian, 2011). Fremantle fish and chip magnate George Kailis, in combination with local ice cream chain, il Gelato, took the Aussie favourite and turned it into an ice cream flavour.

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20 Years of Women's Industry Network Seafood Community (WINSC)

To celebrate 20 years, the WINSC Committee is hosting an anniversary gala dinner on the 19th of October in South Australia. Click for more information and to purchase tickets

The team have also announced a bursary providing nine young women under the age of 35 the opportunity to attend a WINSC workshop, the gala dinner and receive mentoring by WINSC directors. For more information about this fantastic opportunity please click to view the application form.
Exploring VMS Capabilities to Complement Vessel Safety

The WA Coroners Court recently handed down findings into the loss of the fishing vessel Returner in the Pilbara in July 2015 together with the tragic loss of the three crew
onboard. WAFIC and DPIRD have met several times to discuss and explore VMS capabilities to
complement vessel safety.

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No Formal Tickets Required for Deckhands says AMSA

Some in industry have raised concerns that the AMSA website is indicating that deckhands require formal qualifications as ‘entry’ to the fishing industry. AMSA has responded to WAFIC enquiries on this matter and made it clear that deckhands on a domestic fishing vessel do not require certification.

Read more about the changes
Understanding AMSA: Common Questions Factsheet

On 1 July 2018, AMSA started delivering domestic commercial vessel services creating one national system to navigate. For those who work in the domestic commercial vessel industry this means one set of rules to follow, one point of contact for services and one set of fees—no matter where you operate in Australia. For more information covering common questions that have been received click here

Fisher's Share Safety Stories

The following link takes you to two short videos reminiscing on near-disasters in relation to fishing incidents on vessels in the USA. In the USA falling overboard is the second leading cause of death among commercial fishermen nationwide. Of the 210 fishermen who died from falls overboard between 2000 and 2014 NONE of them were wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) when they drowned. Many of these fatalities would have been prevented if the fisherman had been able to float.

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Countdown to the New Aquatic Resources Management Act

On 1 January 2019, WA will have a new Act to manage fishing and aquaculture in the State. The Aquatic Resources Management Act 2016 (ARMA) will replace two existing Acts – the Fish Resources Management Act 1994 and the Pearling Act 1990.

ARMA will build on WA’s world class management of fisheries and aquatic resources by supporting resource-wide management that recognises all user groups and provides for stronger access rights.


Behind the Scenes at this Year's Good Food and Wine Show

The Good Food and Wine Show was held again this year at the Perth convention centre – with #WASeafood hitting the stage thanks to WA Seafood Ambassador Don Hancey and the lads from Fins Seafood. For 30 minutes, all eyes were on the presenters as they educated patrons about #WASEAFOOD via a ‘DIY seafood hotpot’ cooking demonstration using local ingredients. There was good banter throughout the segment but the highlight had to be the #WASEAFOOD, the star of the show

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 : Don Hancey & Phil Clark from Fins Seafood

Big Don's WA Seafood Hotpot

This recipe striked again at the 2018 Good Food and Wine Show earlier this month as our WA Seafood Ambassador Don Hancey treated patrons to an educational experience they won't be forgetting any time soon! This dish is a combination of all the good things in life - fresh WA seafood, a rich tomato broth, chilli and red wine. This is one recipe that is simple, healthy and the whole family will enjoy. 

Click to view this very tasty recipe

Changes to the Fuel Tax Credit Rate & Export Air Cargo Security 

As of 1st August, changes to the fuel tax credit rate have come into effect. As this can change regularly, make sure you are claiming the right rate by using this ATO calculator tool

Export air cargo from Australia is examined prior to uplift onto an aircraft, in line with the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005. From 1 March 2019, all exports sent overseas will need to be examined at piece-level, or originate from a Known Consignor (KC). For more information on how these changes may affect your business see this info sheet

Excuse me, this Wall is now OCTOPIED

This once bare wall is now OCTOPIED (pun intended) featuring an octopus pearl diver. It always amazes me how creative people are - and here I am still drawing stick figures with no necks! Do a drive by and check it out - you can find this genius art piece by @artbyd3estroy at @southbeachfishandchips in Fremantle.

 : IG/South Beach Fish and Chips

August Marine Safety Update
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