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‘Everything is up in the air’: How COVID-19 is impacting the tuna industry

The stopping of nearly all international flights and the closure of pubs, clubs and restaurants due to COVID-19 has had a huge impact on Australian tuna producers. Tuna Australia spoke with some members to hear how they’ve been…

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‘A massive impact’: Tuna Australia members look for ways to survive coronavirus

Like many Australian businesses, Tuna Australia members have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. And the future doesn’t look very promising. Within days, there has been a significant economic shock to members’ business operations, threatening their economic…

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Dredging works commenced in Mooloolaba Harbour

Mooloolaba is home port for a large number of vessels including motorised pleasure craft and yachts, Qld State commercial fishers, and a third of Australia’s tuna longline fleet.  The Mooloolah River is the main commercial waterway in the…

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Mixed outcomes for tuna sustainability at WCPFC

Tuna Australia Program Manager, Phil Ravanello, joined the Australian delegation at the 16th annual meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) in Port Moresby, PNG recently. The meeting was chaired by Ms Jung-Re Riley Kim…

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Meet the new Tuna Australia Board

Tuna Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of four new Directors to its Board for the next two years. Pavo Walker from Walker Seafoods Australia (Mooloolaba), Hayley Abbott from Narooma Seafood Direct (South Coast NSW), Cathal “George…

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Meet the Tuna Australia Board Chair: Richard Stevens OAM

In July 2019, Tuna Australia appointed Richard Stevens OAM, a government relations and fisheries management consultant, as an independent Chair. We spoke with him about his plans for the role, career experience, and views on the seafood industry….

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‘It’s really cool’: Queensland youth learn of Tuna Australia’s conservation work

Two groups of high school students from across South East Queensland have had their eyes opened to Tuna Australia’s work to conserve and protect tuna fisheries across Australia. Program Manager Phil Ravanello recently spoke with 30 students, aged…

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In the news: Federal Treasurer visits Walker Seafoods

Tuna Australia member Walker Seafoods Australia has made front page news following a visit from the Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Mr Frydenberg visited the Sunshine Coast-based business on 23 September to get feedback on some new government initiatives…

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‘It’s going to be a great boat’: New tuna vessel taking shape after 4 months of construction

Klokan Fishing’s new tuna longliner is looking more like a boat every day, with the frames and engine beds now in place after four months of construction. “All the guts of the boat are in there,” Klokan Fishing…

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New program manager to boost Tuna Australia’s advocacy efforts

Phil Ravanello has this week joined the Tuna Australia team as program manager, providing a significant boost to the organization’s efforts to add further value to the longline tuna industry. “The addition of a full-time program manager will…

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‘Favourable outcome’: Australia campaigns to keep 1 percent Indian Ocean tuna quota

An Australian delegation has made a strong case to the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission (IOTC) for maintaining a modest but fair share of the Indian Ocean tuna catch, allowing delegates to pursue a positive outcome when the final quotas are allocated. The discussion took place at the IOTC’s 23rd annual meeting on 17–21…

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Hiring now: Tuna Australia is looking for a Program Manager (contract)

Tuna Australia is looking for a home-based Program Manager (12-month contract). Read on to know more or view the PDF version of the vacancy advertisement. If it sounds like the perfect role, we’d love to hear from you! About…

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