Disconnection between research and commercial sectors are a real challenge for the seafood industry as a whole. This disconnection leads to lack of communication about research needs from industry and poor adoption of research outcomes. Consultation with industry has identified a need for more industry ready graduates who have a deeper understanding and connection with the Australian seafood industry and understand more thoroughly the nature and the challenges commercial facilities face in all facets of their business.
In addition, there is a need to enhance two way communication and cooperation between industry and research providers. The CRC SIPP program will assist in improving that process by enabling opportunities for industry and researchers to understand each other’s views, challenges and promote better communication on ideas and projects.
The Seafood CRC's Education and Training Program has a strong end-user focus and needs to ensure "industry ready" graduates enter the Australian seafood industry at the completion of their candidature. The desire to develop the capabilities of both young researchers and industry participants is a strong and major driving force in the Seafood CRC.
As such, research students and Post Doctoral Research Scientists (early career scientists) will be part of a program that enhances their pathway into further seafood research or industry careers. This program is called the Seafood Industry Partners Project (or SIPP) and usually takes the form of a yearly training "retreat".