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Marine Stewardship Council funds research into bait alternatives to drive progress in sustainable fishing

$90,000 awarded to Tuna Australia to investigate alternative bait use in Australian tuna fishery Tuna Australia, the industry body for commercial tuna longline fishing, is the first Australian recipient of grant funding from the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC)…

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‘Vote with your fork’: Choose wild-caught tuna with the blue fish tick

This World Tuna Day (2 May), Tuna Australia is calling on all Australians to ‘vote with their forks’ for sustainable seafood. “We encourage all consumers to choose tuna and swordfish labelled with a Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certification,…

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New export hub to help Ulladulla Fishermen’s Co-op grow sales

Tuna Australia, the industry body for tuna longline fishing, has welcomed the creation of the Shoalhaven Export Hub. “This is an excellent initiative that will support export businesses on the NSW south coast, like Tuna Australia member Ulladulla…

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11 common questions people ask when seeing a tuna boat being unloaded

For most people, seeing 150 kg swordfish or 60 kg tuna being unloaded from a commercial tuna longliner is a fascinating sight. And often, people start peppering the boat workers with lots of questions—Where was the fish caught?…

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New roadmap shows how tuna producers can leverage the Australian market

A new roadmap has identified opportunities for tuna longline producers to better harness the Australian market and leverage strong global demand for seafood, laying a pathway for the tuna industry to grow and prosper. The roadmap was developed…

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“A disgrace”: Queensland Fisheries fails basic fishery management

In deeply disturbing news for the tuna longline industry, Queensland Fisheries have pushed ahead with an ill-conceived plan, deploying sub-surface fish aggregating devices (FADs) in Commonwealth waters adjacent to the Southeast Queensland coast. These FADs are part of…

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‘More fish, less impact’: GPS technology helps skippers manage longline gear drift

GPS and satellite beacon technology provide an easy way for skippers to track their longline gear around Australian Marine Parks while improving fishing operations, a Tuna Australia research project has found. “The GPS technology enables fishers to set…

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Tuna Australia calls for primary sector to unite to address worker shortages

Nearly a year on from when COVID-19 hit Australia’s shores and our international borders slammed shut, the tuna industry and other food-producing industries continue to suffer from serious worker shortages. “We urgently need to find a solution to…

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Crew safety at the forefront in new Tuna Australia research project

Finding new and improved wildlife mitigation technologies that enhance crew safety is the focus of a new Tuna Australia project that started this month. Funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), the research project will test…

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Tuna stars in new ‘easy as’ ad campaign to promote Australian seafood

Cooking Australian seafood is easy as. That’s the tagline of the first whole-of-industry marketing campaign launched this week under the nation’s new flagship brand, Great Australian Seafood, to encourage more Aussies to eat locally-caught seafood. Tuna is one…

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From workshop to wharf: Klokan Fishing’s new longliner ready for fit out

Klokan Fishing’s new 24-metre tuna longliner has been moved from the workshop in Newcastle to the wharf in Port Stephens for fit out and officially named the Mira Š as it draws ever closer to completion. The Mira…

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Tuna industry suffering from a worker shortage on boats

The Australian tuna longline industry, valued at AUD 50 million dollars, is under threat from a staffing shortage on boats, says the national industry body Tuna Australia. In response, Tuna Australia member Heidi Walker, owner of Walker Seafoods…

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