The WRL CEO, Matt Taylor and Board Director Peter Stanich attended the 2017 Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) National Lead Collaborate Partner Workshop in Adelaide in August.
This workshop was attended by representatives from Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs), State Research Advisory Councils (RACs) and national advisory bodies to work together to set research priorities for the FRDC and key areas for collaboration across jurisdictions and sectors.
“The main message I took home was that our WRL IPA program is heading in the right direction and that it is leading in key areas,” says Matt Taylor, CEO.
For example, our TACC Subcommittee consumer research and trading data scope will be converted in to a proposal which may form the basis of a larger proposal to FRDC that will also include Southern Rock Lobster, abalone and prawn wild catch industries.
Collaboration is sought across industries because there is a common need to understand the same market and its consumers to which we all sell. This ongoing research under our markets project will allow us to create a markets dashboard with all the critical information for fishers to make more informed decisions about catching and supply based on what is happening in the markets in real time.
A second area of leadership for WRL is around data and there was strong support for our new data proposal to scope national and international data collection and analysis innovation that can be applied for benefit to the WRL industry.
“Essentially this desktop study means to have a look around the world to see what other fisheries and non-fishing industries are doing with collecting data and using it in new and interesting ways to improve decision-making and management within industries,” says Matt.