The Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership

Tasmania’s marine ecosystems are home to species found nowhere else in the world; they support world-renowned seafood industries and have been culturally important for thousands of years.

NRM South and the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC) have partnered to facilitate the Tasmanian Smart Seafood Partnership (TSSP), through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. It aims to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Tasmania’s seafood industry practices to conserve and restore marine biodiversity in Tasmanian multi-use waterways.

The project is state-wide and builds upon partnerships between the Tasmanian seafood industry, NRM organisations, training organisations, government and regulatory authorities, and community.

Over the next 2.5 years the TSSP will address the following key objectives:

Objective 1
Develop a Sustainable Seafood Pathways Training/Skills Set Package for use within the Tasmanian aquaculture and fishing industries, community, Landcare and Indigenous Groups

Objective 2
Deliver to the seafood industry and community groups a marine biodiversity awareness program of Tasmania’s multi-use waterways that utilises and delivers material from the skills set package.

Objective 3
Conduct and support specific on-ground activities with partners that deliver effective conservation and restoration of Tasmania’s marine biodiversity in line with skill sets package/education package.

What’s the latest?

Eating Local is Best
The TSSP team are working together to develop tools for community education about our local seafood industry, with a particular focus on why eating local is best. Tasmania’s Seafood Industry has been hit hard by the global COVID-19 pandemic. There is currently no international market for seafood, which has had a devastating impact on local fishers, seafood producers and their families; now solely relying on selling local or unfortunately not at all. It is important that as Tasmanians, we unite to make it through these tough times as best as we can. Eating local produce – in this case seafood – is a way you can help to support our local fishers and seafood producers.

Teacher Capacity Building
TSIC and NRM South are excited to pilot the state’s first Seafood Industry Teacher Capacity Building day (SITCap) later this year.

Marine science and aquaculture teachers from across Tasmania will participate in on-water tours and face to face interactions with marine resource managers, scientists, and industry representatives. Extending teacher’s contemporary knowledge of Tasmania’s seafood industry and marine resource management supports both classroom teaching and the future seafood industry workforce.

Through education the partnership wants to develop a workforce which values science and changing technology practices in its day to day operations to protect the marine environment and further sustainable industries.

Topics in focus include how technology supports improved sustainability, how biosecurity threats are monitored and controlled, seafood industry compliance with scientific management and the status of the local seafood market.