Project number: 2002-306
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $20,000.00
Principal Investigator: Tom Lewis
Organisation: Tasmanian Aquaculture Council
Project start/end date: 26 Feb 2003 - 15 Jun 2004


In these challenging times, there is a real need for industry to understand the issues involved in assessing and managing the risks associated with their ventures. The need for education of all aquaculture industry participants is ongoing. This conference is designed to cater for the education of Australian growers, business partners, processors, distributors, wholesalers, retailers, researchers and regulators. Networking within this mixed group will provide a rare and valuable opportunity for education and co-operation.

The trade display will provide all participants and the public with knowledge of the latest equipment and production technology. Food handling systems and new food products will also be featured.

The ongoing need for product awareness, positioning and promotion will be addressed by the public displays, which will parallel the formal conference and trade display.


1. · Provide a forum for communication between members of the Australian aquaculture community
2. · Develop a conference program that is relevant, topical, challenging and informative
3. · Provide a face-to-face forum for aquaculture equipment and service providers to meet the aquaculture community
4. · Provide an opportunity for the public promotion of aquaculture products

Final report

Author: Tom Lewis
Final Report • 2004-05-17 • 528.71 KB


Aquafest 2002 was a highly successful continuation of the tradition of biennial national aquaculture conferences organised and run by the Tasmanian Aquaculture Council (TAC). Aquafest 2002 provided the Australian aquaculture community with the usual unparalleled opportunity to gather en mass to listen, discuss and debate the issues at the top of the Australian aquaculture agenda. This was to be the last of a long tradition of TAC-run events, as it was agreed that FRDC was unlikely to support a continuation of these successful conferences if they were to remain based in Hobart. As such, the baton was passed to a consortium of the TAC, National Aquaculture Council and the World Aquaculture Society to transform “Aquafest” into “Australasian Aquaculture 2004” (and beyond).

Keywords: Aquaculture, industry development, conference, trade exhibition.

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