A rocky road for the Rock Lobster Industry

Usually, catch quotas for the rock lobster are determined 4 years prior to to the fishing season. This is completed by measuring puerulus settlement (juvenile stage of development). Out of this catch, up to 95% of the rock lobsters caught in WA are exported to China. In January this year, exports were halted due to the COVID-19 virus. Since February, the industry has slowly increased exports. However, the prices remain low and continue to affect the valuable Australian fishery. Photo: ABC News: Robert Koenig-Luck The low prices for lobster have dramatically impacted Australian fishers. The low price of lobster has increased stress for fishermen as now they must catch more stock to deliver the same returns. To deal with the stressors of COVID-19, the Australian Government has revised the regulations for fisheries and commercial fishing licenses. Yesterday, news broke that seafood lovers could soon be enjoying $20 crayfish after the [...]

By |2020-10-05T11:28:14+08:00September 16th, 2020|Eat, News, Produce, Sustainability|0 Comments

Are We Really Food Secure?

Agriculture and the Economy We are living through a very different time. A time where only a handful of people globally can recollect an event similar. In Australia, the bushfires earlier in the year and now the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged the public’s concept of normal life across many subjects. Especially in activities that we all normally take for granted like going to a shop or a supermarket to restock. For many people this is the first time they have experienced empty shelves. The first time we've really been forced to fear a lack of food security. Not Such An Uncommon Occurrence Toilet paper is one item that everyone has noticed has been in short supply, but also long shelf life food items such as pasta and pasta sauce.  We have also experienced shortages of eggs, milk, rice and [...]

By |2020-05-19T19:38:01+08:00March 16th, 2020|Food Security, News, Produce, Sustainability|Comments Off on Are We Really Food Secure?

Why Connection Matters In Farming

Agriculture and the Economy Are you really getting what you paid for? Its an increasing trend in food of all kinds at the moment. The whole thing about traceability of food, where it comes from. Are you really getting what you paid for or is it what it claims to be? There are have been many high-profile scandals locally and worldwide where food has been sold as one thing, but is actually something else. The 2013 European horsemeat sold as beef scandal is a prime example of this. Food technologist, which are people employed by food producers to meet quality assurance standards (especially when supplying into major retailers), have had to carry out assessments on how producers guard against this event, which is called food fraud. While safety is the paramount in the mind of every consumer in the world, in Australia we are lucky [...]

By |2020-04-27T02:27:45+08:00February 20th, 2020|Fruit & Vegetables, News, Produce, Sustainability|Comments Off on Why Connection Matters In Farming
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