Seafood leadership program
The National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP), funded by the FRDC, is running three courses in 2021 – two are a continuation of disrupted 2020 courses, and a third course will also be completed this year.
The ongoing Port Lincoln group includes Anthony Tennant, Cassandra Pert, Daniel Chien, Darci Wallis, Jaime McAllister, Luke Cordwell, Meaghan Dodd, Natalie Manahan, Patrick Cavalli, Rattana Wiriyakiat, Sally Bolton and Sean Larby. It had its first residential session in March 2020 in Port Lincoln before the program was disrupted by COVID-19 restrictions. It has resumed with a residential session on the Gold Coast in May 2021 and a Canberra session in September.
The second 2020 cohort, based in Cairns, includes Amie Steele, Amrik Singh Aulakh, Anita Lee, Ben Stobart, Brandon Panebianco, Cindy Manu, Geovanny Danilo Gomez Rios, James Thomas, Kirsten Rough, Lewis Christensen, Luke Dutney, Maxwell Bayly, Rebecca Marks, Rhett Bartz, Sam Bock, Siobhan Threlfall, Tom Hatley and William Conn. It has residential sessions in Cairns in May, Adelaide in August and Canberra in October 2021.
The 2021 cohort includes Claire Denamur, Delahay Miller, Frederic Bailleul, Gerard Dennis, Griffin Grounds, Heidi Mippy, James Baker, Jessica McInerney, Jock Mure, Linda Wiberg, Lou Cathro, Phillip Ravanello, Rachel Ong, Rebecca Sellers, Rhys Barton, Sarah Gorst, Steve Paleologoudias and Steven Rust. It will have residential sessions on the Gold Coast in June, Adelaide in September and Canberra in November 2021.
These sessions are combined with ongoing project work that participants undertake in teams during the course, putting the leadership skills they are learning into action.
Fish and chips awards to continue
Starting this year, Seafood Industry Australia will run the Australian Fish and Chips Awards under the Great Australian Seafood banner, taking over from the FRDC. The FRDC will continue to provide support to the competition.
The FRDC initiated the awards in 2017 to raise awareness of the importance of seafood sourcing and labelling in food service, and to promote the iconic Australian meal experience of fish and chips – which, for some, is their only interaction with seafood.
Tobin Fish Tales in Townsville, Queensland, was named Australia’s best fish and chipper in 2019, the most recent awards. The awards were not held in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Details of the 2021 competition are still to be finalised.
Recreational fishing survey
A survey of recreational fishing is underway in South Australia, and researchers leading the survey are encouraging people to take part. Crystal Beckman, from the South Australian Research and Development Institute, says the survey of recreational fishing participation, catch and effort will assist with fisheries management decisions. The year-long survey will include telephone interviews, boat ramp surveys and self-reporting via the SA Fishing app.
Recreational fishers are encouraged to download the smartphone app and submit their activities when they go fishing at any time during the year. Beckman says the more people who take part in the survey, the more accurate the results will be in assessing recreational fishing in the state. The survey and use of the app will also help to evaluate the potential of apps in assessing recreational fishing effort and supporting fisheries management decisions.
Skills for rural leaders
Applications for the 29th course of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) will open from 4 July and close on 19 August 2021. The FRDC has regularly supported participants in the program, which provides a dynamic learning experience focused on the development of leadership for individuals and organisations contributing to the future prosperity of rural and regional Australia.
In each cohort, approximately 30 leaders are engaged in a series of unique, immersive experiences delivered in real-world contexts to help them develop the adaptive skills to confidently overcome future challenges and act for the ‘greater good’ of rural and regional Australia.
The course runs over 15 months and includes three in-person sessions in Australia and one held overseas. The most recent FRDC-sponsored graduates include Hayley Abbott, Narooma, New South Wales (Course 27); Lukina Lukin, Port Lincoln, South Australia (Course 27); and Kylie Dunstan, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory (Course 26). Andrew Sullivan, executive officer of the Commonwealth Fisheries Association, will take part in the 28th course.