Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

3 November 2017

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Backing our growing seafood industry

The Hodgman Liberal Government supports the seafood industry because it supports thousands of regional jobs and investment across the State.

That’s why I am delighted to announce the extension of the Tasmanian Seafood Pledge, with over $2 million in funding to support essential safety and skills training for the seafood industry for the next three years.

As a partnership with the Tasmanian Government, Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and Seafood Training Tasmania, the Seafood Pledge will ensure seafood workers have the right skills to work safely and productively in the marine environment.

This new package will see up to 800 participants fully trained and qualified to take up new roles across the Tasmanian seafood industry.

To take advantage of the growth opportunities in seafood, it is important for all fishing industry participants to work together.

That’s why we have committed $50 000 over two years, under the Strategic Industry Partnership Program, to the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council to enable them to develop the proposed Tasmanian Seafood House.

As a one-stop shop for all our seafood sector peak bodies, Tasmanian Seafood House will provide the opportunity for industry to co-locate their organisations to increase collaboration and better promote and support the sector.

With a target to reduce the unemployment rate to the best State in the country by 2022, the Seafood Pledge and the Strategic Industry Partnership Program backs our seafood industry now and in the long-term, driving economic growth by delivering real skills for real jobs.

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