Project number: 2002-427
Project Status:
Budget expenditure: $5,000.00
Principal Investigator: Martin Perkins
Organisation: Queensland Seafood Marketers Association Inc (QSMA)
Project start/end date: 16 Apr 2003 - 1 May 2004


Failure to deal quickly and effectively with a food safety incident may result in costly trade disruption and threaten the commercial viability of seafood suppliers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and food service providers.

The Seafood Emergency Plan was developed through Seafood Services Australia to provide a proactive and simple step-by-step response and recovery guide, should an emergency occur.

Queensland has participated in the initial stages of the SSA national plan and is keen to ensure the framework is established in this state.


1. Test the draft manual plan in a desktop exercise.
2. Introduce the nominated team members and alternates to the plan and train them in the use of the plan
3. Use learned experience to tailor the manual further in Queensland

Final report

Author: Martin Perkins
Final Report • 2004-04-08 • 150.51 KB


A National Seafood Emergency Plan was produced in 2001 and the individual States (apart from South Australia) have not tested their capability to handle an emergency that could jeopardise the future of the seafood industry.

There is a commitment from Industry leaders throughout Australia to develop and test a plan that could minimise the damage to industry that would arise from a major food safety incident involving Australian seafood.

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