FISH COVID19 Special Issue 1

Fisheries Research & Development Corporation News

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When the FRDC began developing its next research and development plan early in 2019, few could have believed the next 12 months would bring not one but two major events capable of scarring the nation’s psyche

Navigating the threat of coronavirus while staying physically and mentally well is the challenge we are all working to address

The impact of the coronavirus on demand for seafood has been highly varied, with those supplying the food service sector most severely affected

Latest news in Australian fisheries

Waiving licence fees, rolling over quota and promoting local seafood are all steps being taken to support the commercial fishing sector

The early months of 2020 have provided challenges requiring quick thinking and innovation

Some delays will be inevitable, but potential gains through improved cooperation within the research community bring a positive note to the coronavirus struggle

During this time of crisis, people around the country, including the FRDC and its networks, are coming together virtually to help each other

New strategies are being adopted along the seafood supply chain to maintain sales and help customers safely access their favourite seafood during the coronavirus crisis

By quantifying changes in consumer behaviour during the coronavirus crisis, researchers are helping to identify longer-term trends that will help businesses realign their marketing strategies

As recreational fishers navigate a world dealing with the coronavirus, they are encouraged to heed restrictions and put safety first