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A message from our CEO


The past few months have been a challenging and demanding time for Western Australia’s seafood industry as we come to terms with the realities of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the new dynamics of the domestic and export markets, community lockdowns and working-from-home protocols.

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New Board. New Direction. 


It’s often said that the worst of times brings out the best in people, and that has been reflected in the induction of WAFIC’s new Board.
 
In January, we saw a separation of interests among the Board members, which resulted in an inability to move forward cohesively. As a result of the impasse in decision-making a number of members opted to resign and make way for new blood.
 
I’d like to thank the former members for their dedication and service to WA’s seafood industry and also for their courage in handing over the reins. I’d also like to welcome the new Board members, who bring with them decades of frontline experience and a wealth of strategic vision, which is proving invaluable in the current operating environment.
 
You’ll find a list of the Board members and a brief background to each member on the WAFIC website.



New Communications Officer joins the WAFIC team

WAFIC has also welcomed its latest team member, with Craig Sinclair stepping into the communications officer role which was vacated by Danika Gusmeroli in December.
 
Craig joins us from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development where he worked across a wide range of fisheries communications projects. His most recent placement was with the Shark Response Unit where he managed communications and stakeholder engagement for the SMART Drumlines scientific trial and the recent Sea Sense marketing campaign.
 
Craig can be contacted by phone on 0419 522 990 or email at
communications@wafic.org.au
 

Stabilising and supporting industry for recovery

WAFIC has been working hard over recent weeks packaging a recovery proposal to government that will provide cashflow relief for businesses to help them stabilise and retain their workforces, followed by additional measures to allow them time to adjust to the new market conditions.
 
This will be followed by some marketing assistance programs to recover lost ground in existing markets while exploring opportunities to diversify and de-risk against future downturns.
 
The important thing is to help the industry stabilise and support opportunities for early recovery.
 
You’ll find regular updates on these initiatives at the WAFIC News site, including an overview of the recent meeting we had with the Premier, the Minister for Fisheries and other senior Ministers.

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Buy West and share the seafood love 

Let’s share our love of seafood as well as our social media posts, so as an industry we can reach a huge cumulative audience and help sell some more Western Australian seafood.

As members of the Western Australian seafood community we need to work together, let the community know where they can buy seafood, stress the continuity of supply and the need to buy WA seafood – not imported products.

There’s so much to share about what to buy, how to buy, where to buy and when to buy, metropolitan and regional, retail, markets, back-of-boat, on-line and more.

We’ve got some really innovative sales activity happening across the retail networks, as well as growth in home deliveries, so let’s share the messages and sell some more seafood.

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New food alliance supports food security and jobs

Food security and job opportunities across Western Australia’s primary industries are the foundations for a new network of WA’s fishers, farmers and food producers, which recently launched the Food Alliance WA.

The new network will ensure a reliable and safe supply of food for all Western Australians, while promoting job opportunities for skilled and unskilled labour.  

WAFIC chief executive officer, Alex Ogg, said the State Government’s recent confirmation that food, seafood and agricultural supply chains were classified as an essential service will allow primary industries workers increased flexibility to move interstate through borders and across intrastate boundaries to ensure food security.

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Understanding changes to regional travel in WA

New rules on intrastate travel come into effect from midnight tonight (Tuesday 31 March 2020) which will restrict movement of people across the Western Australia.
 
People will be able to travel within their region but will be restricted in their ability to travel to other regions within the State, as a way of limiting the potential spread of COVID-19 into regional areas.
 
These measures will help contain transmission while also minimising the risk of placing heavy social, economic and health-related burdens on regional centres.
 
People working in essential services, and those with special circumstances will be exempt.
 

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Industry gathers for Sustainable Seafood Week 

WAFIC chief executive Alex Ogg joined our seafood industry colleagues to deliver a special presentation on sustainable science at the State Library last month, as part of the MSC’s Sustainable Seafood Week promotions.

The event drew a good crowd with presentations from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Marine Stewardship Council, WAFIC and Recfishwest who talked on lobsters, changing climate, west coast demersal management and WA’s emerging sea cucumber fishery.

Thanks to MSC, DPIRD and the event organisers for a very informative and entertaining evening.

Make sure you put it in your diary for next year.

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New seafood cannery to open in Albany  

As many businesses are slowing down, Albany Seafoods is investing $1 million in a giant leap forward with plans for the opening of a regional seafood cannery on the south coast.
 
Once operating, the cannery will have capacity to produce 500,000 cans of sardines and 500 tonnes of salmon each year.
 
The new cannery will be scalable to allow it to grow with demand and is expected to open in 2022.
 
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COVID-19 information for the commercial fishing industry – health, state and federal government assistance and advice via the WAFIC website https://www.wafic.org.au/covid-19-information/
Food Alliance WA jobs in Food and Ag website is at: www.jobsinwafoodandag.com
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