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Australian fishing industry's leaders of tomorrow

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The Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Parliamentar y Secretar y for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestr y

Australian fishing industry's leaders of tomorrow

23 September 2010 DAFF10/006K

The Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Dr Mike Kelly will tonight meet with future leaders of the seafood industry at Parliament House.

The graduation dinner for the 2010 National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) is the culmination of a six month course.

“The National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) plays an important part in developing tomorrow’s leaders in Australia’s seafood industries with over 130 graduates passing through the program over the past 10 years,” Dr Kelly said.

“The latest graduates come from all sectors of the industry, including wild capture fishing, aquaculture, marketing and processing, fisheries managers and fisheries researchers.”

Dr Kelly said the Australian Government is committed to working with the Australian fishing and aquaculture industries, worth $2.2 billion annually, to increase productivity and innovation, and to improve its long-term sustainability.

Through funding from the Australian Government, the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation has engaged Rural Training Initiatives to develop, deliver and manage the NSILP for the past 10 years.

“The government funds a number of people development programs across the primary industries to provide a learning environment where future leaders can develop their skills in managing issues facing their industry,” Dr Kelly said.

“The success of these programs also comes from the additional support and involvement provided by industry.”

Further information about the NSILP is available at:

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