Tuna Australia

Exciting project pipeline to deliver value to tuna industry, says Program Manager

Tuna Australia has an exciting suite of projects underway, and funding is being sought for new projects to complement the ongoing work. We spoke with Tuna Australia Program Manager Phil Ravanello to hear how the projects tie together…

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‘Lots going on’: Klokan Fishing’s new longliner taking shape after 14 months of building

The construction of Klokan Fishing’s new tuna longliner continues to progress, with the propeller shaft and rudder now in place and painting underway. Since August 2019, when Tuna Australia last gave an update on the boat’s construction, Klokan…

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Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery on track to be MSC certified

The Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery is on track to be certified as sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council in late August, creating excitement among Tuna Australia members. The Public Comment Draft Report was published on 27 May…

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New technology benefits fishing industry and marine parks

New technology being trialled by Tuna Australia members is helping to protect marine life and deliver positive results for the longline fishing industry. Funded through the Federal Government’s Our Marine Parks Grants Program, the Tuna Australia project uses…

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Eat tuna for a healthy body and mind

This World Tuna Day, on 2 May, Tuna Australia is encouraging people to eat tuna regularly to realise its significant health benefits, as tuna products once destined for overseas markets are now being sold in supermarkets. “Tuna is…

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Government support welcomed but ‘not a silver bullet’, say tuna producers

Tuna producers have welcomed the Australian Government’s support packages to keep businesses afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. The government has committed to spend AUD $110 million to subsidise international air freight for premium fisheries and agricultural exports, waive…

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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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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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‘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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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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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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