Title:

World Fisheries Congress 2020 - Sharing our Oceans and Rivers: a 2020 vision for the world’s fisheries

Project Number:

2018-059

Organisation:

SARDI Food Safety and Innovation

Principal Investigator:

Jane Ham

Project Status:

Current

FRDC Expenditure:

$200,000.00

Program(s):

Industry, People

Need

With fisheries resources under increasing pressure globally from both fishing and non-fishing activities, and the rapid expansion of aquaculture presenting both opportunities and challenges, there is a need to enhance cooperation and collaboration among fisheries professionals to ensure the world’s oceans and rivers are managed sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations. The WFC2020 aims to attract fisheries professional worldwide by promoting an engaging program featuring internationally recognised keynote speakers that will prompt debate and discussion about new research, fisheries utilisation and access, and management implications and actions. FRDC funding is sought to assist organisers generate successful outcomes by facilitating greater benefits and appeal to delegates. Funds will contribute to the overall Congress budget, and assist in providing dedicated resources to ensure successful planning and organisation of the event. This may include: attracting high profile international keynote speakers; world-class venue facilities; event promotion; and creating a legacy to the wider community. This proposal addresses two of FRDC’s national priorities: (i) Ensuring that Australian fishing and aquaculture products are sustainable and acknowledged to be so. (ii) Improving productivity and profitability of fishing and aquaculture. The WFC2020 provides an opportunity for the Australian and New Zealand seafood industries to demonstrate to the international fisheries community and the broader public that they are leaders in sustainable management of fisheries and aquatic systems, producing some of the highest quality sustainable seafood in the world. Furthermore, the Congress will provide the local fishing, aquaculture, recreational and indigenous sectors with unparalleled access to the latest research, technological developments and updates on global markets. People Development is also addressed in this proposal, in encouraging knowledge transfer and R&D adoption within the international fisheries community and providing an opportunity for the Australian and New Zealand fishing industries to take a lead role in debating and discussing current and future research.

Objectives

1. Deliver a successful World Fisheries Congress 2020 that explores the challenge of fishing sustainability; advances and promotes international developments; and fosters cooperation and engagement in identifying critical developments needed to ensure the world’s oceans and rivers are managed sustainably for the benefit of current and future generations.