Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

9 February 2019

Guy Barnett, Minister for Primary Industries and Water

Wooden Boat Festival Combines Tasmania’s Maritime and Seafood Story

The 2019 Wooden Boat Festival is again showcasing Tasmania’s rich maritime history, drawing large crowds to Hobart’s waterfront with a large range of boats to marvel at, food stalls, and entertainment, the Festival is a great family day out.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is pleased to support this iconic festival by providing $750,000 towards this year’s event, with the same amount committed towards the next festival in two years’ time.

The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council’s (TSIC) seafood marquee is also a great chance to show off the best of our $947 million per annum seafood sector, which has become synonymous with our premium food brand.

In partnership with the industry we are delivering our $26.15 million plan to grow the value of our world class wild catch and farmed seafood sector supporting thousands of jobs in regional areas.

This includes $150,000 over 3 years supporting TSIC to improve safety for commercial fishers and marine farmers.

We have also extended the successful East Coast Rock Lobster Translocation Program which is helping to re-build rock lobster stocks on the East Coast for both commercial and recreational fishers.

We are building the $5 million Fisheries Integrated Licensing and Management System to enable real time data transfer which will further reduce red tape and modernise fisheries management.

And, we have increased funding of $14 million over 5 years to our world-class Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) is providing fishing industry-relevant research and development to support new sustainable fisheries opportunities.

I congratulate Festival organisers, TSIC and everyone involved in making this year’s event another great success.

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