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Celebrating women’s roles and contributions to the Australian tuna industry

The tuna industry is typically perceived as a man’s domain, but many women are actively involved in the industry. Women contribute in many ways, and their perspectives and expertise can help to address skills and knowledge gaps in the…

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‘A quintessential longliner’: Work begins on new tuna vessel for Klokan Fishing

Now that the Australian Marine Parks have been finalised, the Australian longline fishery is looking to invest significantly and develop opportunities. “The Australian Marine Parks process has been ongoing for 20 years and has stifled investment,” says David…

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Stocks of Southern Bluefin Tuna and Bigeye Tuna have increased, shows report

The Australian longline tuna industry has welcomed an Australian government assessment showing stocks of Southern Bluefin Tuna and Bigeye Tuna have increased over the last two years. “Global stock levels of Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) have moved from…

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Tuna Australia to provide training, scholarships to Tuvaluan seafarers

Tuna Australia CEO David Ellis has met with the Tuvaluan Prime Minister Enele Sosene Sopoaga to discuss options for Tuna Australia to support and develop natural Tuvaluan fishermen. The meeting was part of a visit by Ellis and…

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Tuna industry joins call for secure access rights

Tuna Australia, the peak-body representing the national longline tuna industry, has joined the Australian seafood industry’s call for greater security around access rights. “Resource access is one of our biggest issues as we are seeing an unprecedented erosion…

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‘Going gangbusters’: Ulladulla restaurant’s winning seafood formula

Tony’s Italian Ristorante Bar & Seafood has only been operating for two and a half years, but it’s already twice won the People’s Choice Award for Restaurant of the Year in the Milton Ulladulla Business Awards. “People love…

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‘Very enthusiastic’: Tuvaluan PM inspired by visit to Angelica Fisheries

The Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga recently visited Ulladulla to meet with three Tuvaluan workers employed through the Pacific Labour Scheme, demonstrating his full support for the program. “He came away very enthusiastic and supportive of the…

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Fishing for change: Operators meet with politicians to discuss MPA impacts

After many years the new commonwealth marine parks are welcomed by Australian longline fisheries. However, there is an urgent need for the federal government to review and address adverse impacts through the Fishing Business Assistance Package. This was…

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SBS story: Australia’s new labour scheme for Pacific Islanders gets underway

Talimanatu Uilese from Tuvalu recently begun working as a deckhand on a commercial fishing boat in coastal NSW. He’s one of 80 Pacific Islanders who are employed in regional parts of Australia for up to three years under…

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Daily Telegraph story: A long-liner’s lament

Australia’s commonwealth fisheries, like the southern bluefun tuna fishery, are some of the best managed in the world, wrote Gone Fishing columnist Al McGlashan in the Daily Telegraph on Friday 7 September 2018. This is due to the…

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Uncommon catch: Cookiecutter shark given to CSIRO for research

Few people have heard of or seen a cookiecutter shark. So when co-owner of Abbott Fisheries Todd Abbott caught one recently, he decided to hand it over to CSIRO for further research. We caught up with him to…

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Filling the void: Pacific Island workers now working on Australian tuna vessels

The first of many Pacific Island nationals have started working on Australian tuna longline fishing vessels, providing businesses with a reliable source of workers and helping to fill otherwise vacant roles. This is part of the Australian Government’s Pacific…

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