To help capture grass roots fishing and seafood industry research, development and extension (RD&E) needs, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) has supported the Empowering Industry project to gather RD&E ideas from industry people, organisations, business and groups, on a national and regional scale. The project’s scope is broad and designed to capture ideas from all sectors including aquaculture, wild harvest, processing, marketing, indigenous, and recreational sectors.
These ideas will be used to develop projects that address industry needs and help shape future RD&E in the fishing and seafood industry. Importantly this process is designed to complement, not replace, existing funding processes.
The focus of the RD&E is to improve ‘value’ to industry, in its broadest sense, taking into account the varying regional, individual and sectorial needs, including the requirement for improved efficiency, profitability and performance, as well as other characteristics such as social aspects, enjoyment, wellbeing, amenity and cultural needs.
In partnership with industry, industry driven projects can be developed which link these ideas and needs to suitable RD&E service providers, utilising a range of potential funding sources.
Industry members are invited to join the Empowering Industry project and share their thoughts and ideas on how to improve their operations, and those of industry as a whole by submitting an idea.
Importantly the project is also looking to expand on the traditional suppliers of services to the fishing and seafood industry to include a broader range of RD&E service suppliers, including those with expertise from other industry sectors. RD&E providers and Funders are encouraged to participate in the Empowering Industry project to join and then match and develop projects in partnership with Industry.