$500,000 Sydney Fish Market grant to promote Australian seafood – Fishupdate.com

$500,000 Sydney Fish Market grant to promote Australian seafood Published:  14 September, 2007

SYDNEY Fish Market will receive $500,000 from the Howard Government to promote the desirability and sustainability of Australian seafood.

The money has been made available through the fishing community assistance component of the Howard Government’s $220 million Securing our Fishing Future package.

“The Australian Government has taken decisive action to ensure the long term profitability and sustainability of the Commonwealth fishing industry, including buying back over 550 fishing concessions at a cost of $149 million,” Australia’s Fisheries Minister Eric Abetz said.

“This necessarily has had an impact on fishing related business and communities such as the greater Sydney region, and I am pleased to see that this important project from the iconic Sydney Fish Markets has received funding.

“The promotion of the taste, sustainability and importantly, health benefits of eating Australian seafood will benefit the entire fishing industry.

“I congratulate Sydney Fish Market and their Managing Director, Grahame Turk, for their initiative in putting this proposal forward.”

Managing Director of the Sydney Fish Market, Grahame Turk said: “Sydney is arguably the largest single market in the world for Australian-produced seafood, and this project is all about improving the value consumers place on Australian fisheries resources.”

“Our initiative aims to increase consumer awareness of the desirability and sustainability of Australian seafood and increase the demand for undervalued species.

“In turn this should increase value to the benefit to the entire supply chain and promote economic stability and employment opportunities for our fishing communities around Australia.”

Sydney Fish Market was one of 94 businesses and communities nation-wide allocated $29 million in assistance from this second round of the Onshore Business Assistance and Fishing Community Assistance Programmes under the $220m Securing our Fishing Future package.

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