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Seafood leaders ask industry to ‘get on board’

By Leanne Coleman

Sydney Fish market General Manager Bryan Skepper, CDU aquaculture lecturer Chadd Mumme and Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Executive Director Dr Patrick Hone Sydney Fish market General Manager Bryan Skepper, CDU aquaculture lecturer Chadd Mumme and Fisheries Research and Development Corporation Executive Director Dr Patrick Hone

A group of future seafood industry leaders has delivered ideas for a united, publicly valued, sustainable and world-leading seafood industry after completing the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program.

Charles Darwin University aquaculture lecturer Chadd Mumme was one of 16 participants from around Australia selected to take part in the program funded through the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

With the aim of connecting the seafood industry around Australia, the program brought together participants from all sectors of the seafood industry ranging from grass roots through to policy-makers, academics, professional fishers, and Indigenous and recreational fishers.

Mr Mumme travelled to Fremantle, Sydney and Canberra during the final six months of 2013 to attend workshops as part of the leadership program.

“The rewards of the program were beyond explanation,” Mr Mumme said. “The journey through, and completion of, the leadership program has given me greater confidence and skills, enhancing my role as a trainer and teacher in the Northern Territory seafood industry.”

Mr Mumme was part of the team that recently met in Canberra for three days to present their vision for uniting the seafood community as an end to the program.

While in Canberra they met with seafood industry and national decision-makers to discuss the future of the industry and the way forward for improving opportunities for collaboration and cooperation between the various seafood industry sectors and the Australian Government.

As a lecturer in Seafood Industry (Aquaculture), Mr Mumme trains VET in School students, works with Indigenous communities in the NT and facilitates and delivers workshops in Aquaponics to the general public.

The National Seafood Industry Leadership Program is delivered by Rural Training Initiatives and funded by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the Sydney Fish Markets.