Australia finalises Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Korea

The Government announced today that it had finalised the FTA with Korea.

This is a major step forward – but there is no information on the timing of the reductions in the 22% tuna tariff into Korea. All they are announcing is that seafood tariffs will be eliminated over 15 years.

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National Seafood Industry Award Winners!

On Sunday 27 October the 7th Australian Seafood Industry Awards were held at the Nautilus Theatre, Port Lincoln.

ASBTIA were honoured to receive two awards:

  • Research, Development and Extension Award (in partnership with UTAS)
  • People Development Award (in partnership with Samara Miller & Tony’s Tuna)

Seafood Awards

Acknowledgement and thanks go those who contributed to the projects.

Research partners for the SBT Health Project included UTAS, Flinders Uni, Uni of QLD, QLD Museum, WA Dept of Fisheries, St Georges Uni, Kinki Uni, SARDI and Panaquatic Health Solutions.

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20th Annual CCSBT meeting in Adelaide a Success

Brian Jeffriess explains implications of quota increases to ABC Rural News.
Australia’s Southern Bluefin Tuna quota has been increased for the next four years.

The International Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna met this week to decide on the new quota.

Globally, the quota will rise to nearly 12,500 tonnes, up from 10,949 in 2013.

The 2014 quota for Australia will be just over 5,000 tonnes, an increase of 500 tonnes over last year.

CEO of the Australian Tuna Association, Brian Jeffriess, says it’s an exciting time for the industry.