In brief

Fish 2.0 – Regional hub of seafood entrepreneurs and investors

Australia’s first FISH 2.0 workshop held in Melbourne in October was attended by 16 groups of seafood entrepreneurs, with an additional 40 investors and seafood experts attending the associated investor pitch session.

Sponsored by the FRDC, the event is part of a long-term plan to build an innovation investment network for the seafood sector, which also includes the FRDC’s business incubator program Fish-X.

The FISH 2.0 event provided expert advice to entrepreneurs on how to present their venture to potential investors or partners and launched partnerships among several participants. It was run by Fish 2.0, a US organisation that works to connect sustainable seafood ventures with investors through regional workshops and a global online competition for seafood entrepreneurs.

A second, larger Australia–Asia-Pacific regional event is scheduled for Brisbane in March 2019. It will include opportunities for Australian ventures that have competed online in FISH 2.0 to pitch to a broad group of investors from Australia, the Pacific Islands and South-East Asia.

Sign up for the online competition or to receive news about the Brisbane event at the FISH 2.0 website.

All ventures that qualify through the online competition will be invited to join the FISH 2.0 global online connection platform to connect with business partners and investors. Top-scoring finalists will also be invited to pitch at the FISH 2.0 Global Innovation Forum in Silicon Valley in late 2019.

There is no cost to participate in the online competition.

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New FRDC directors

Photo of Saranne Cooke, Patrick Hone, Katie Hodson-Thomas, Colin Buxton, Kate Brooks,  Ron Boswell, Mark King, Lesley MacLeod, John Lloyd. FRDC's new board, during their induction in Canberra (Left to Right): Saranne Cooke, Patrick Hone, Katie Hodson-Thomas, Colin Buxton, Kate Brooks, Ron Boswell, Mark King, Lesley MacLeod, John Lloyd.

FRDC chair Ron Boswell has welcomed five new directors appointed to the FRDC Board by the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, in October 2018, which has expanded the board from eight to nine members.

The new directors are Kate Brooks, Saranne Cooke, Mark King, John Lloyd, and Katina (Katie) Hodson-Thomas. Two members of the previous board, Lesley MacLeod and Colin Buxton, have been reappointed. Patrick Hone remains as managing director and Ron Boswell will stay on as chair.

The outgoing directors are Renata Brooks, John Harrison, Daryl McPhee and John Susman. Ron Boswell thanked all those on the outgoing board for their hard work and service in overseeing the first three years of the FRDC’s Research, Development and Extension Plan for 2015–20, which marked a new approach to research investment and performance for the organisation.

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List of FRDC directors

NSILP applications open

Applications for the 2019 National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) are now open and will close on 17 January 2019.

The program runs over six months and involves three, three-day residential sessions as well as ongoing work on team projects. Two programs will run in 2019, the first beginning on 5 March and the second beginning on 7 May. The NSILP is funded by the FRDC,
Sydney Fish Market and Austral Fisheries. For a rundown on the 2018 program click here.

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For more information and to apply

Jill Briggs, 02 6035 7284, 0409 455 710
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Join the WFC2020 program

Australia will host the World Fisheries Congress 2020 (WFC2020) in Adelaide from 11 to 15 October 2020. The International Program Committee is calling for expressions of interest to lead sessions, symposia, and education and training workshops.

Commercial, recreational and Indigenous sector-led sessions, as well as student-led sessions, are encouraged.

The WFC2020 program aims to test current thinking and practices, identify opportunities to enhance global fisheries, and address the challenges of fishing sustainably and maintaining prosperous fishing communities.

Applicants are encouraged to think beyond traditional approaches and consider alternatives to the normal conference formats (such as interactive ‘Ask me anything’ sessions, light-speed presentations, fishbowl panel discussions, debates, workshops).

Email the committee with ideas or suggestions at by 31 January 2019.

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World Fisheries Congress 2020