​Media Release

Co-op grants to benefit Port Adelaide fisheries

6 September 2017

Wildcatch Fisheries SA Inc will benefit from a $175,000 Coalition Government grant, delivered through Southern Cross University, to develop new technologies and provide the public greater access to Australian seafood.

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Anne Ruston said the funds would advance real-time interaction between primary fisheries producers and customers.

“The Port Adelaide-based industry body will use the grant to develop an alternative business model for fishers to sell their produce to businesses and consumers,” Minister Ruston said.

“It will increase consumer access to premium, locally and sustainably caught Australian seafood.

“The project will create an online e-commerce platform that allows consumers to purchase fish as it is being caught, opt-out from species they do not want to receive, and even deliver recipes for the day’s catch.

“As part of a $4.5 million investment being made by the government to help the agriculture sector, the Port Adelaide fisheries grant has the capacity to improve the fishing industry’s collaborative and cooperative business models.”

The Farm Co-operatives and Collaboration Pilot Program, from which the grant is provided, is delivered through the Coalition Government’s $4 billion Agriculture Competitiveness White Paper.

The Coalition is committed to helping Australian fisheries, farmers and producers take advantage of collaboration and the cooperative structure as a mechanism to achieving better and fairer returns back through the farmgate.

The $175,000 Port Adelaide project is expected to be complete by May, 2018.​