THE South Australian Sardine Industry celebrated its 25 year history at an anniversary event in Port Lincoln recently.
Sardine Industry Association executive officer Marcus Turner said from a humble beginning the industry had grown into the largest single species fishery in Australia by volume and had created 187 jobs and contributed $50 million to the state economy.
“This growth has been underpinned by the strong working relationship with government, and … on the foundation of world’s-best-practice science,” he said.
“Our eyes are still firmly fixed on the horizon to ensure we remain at the forefront of sustainable fisheries.”
Mr Turner said the industry focus on sustainable fishing was the development of its first water management code, the operational draft of which would be onboard vessels from January 1.
He said over the past 12 months the industry had been working closely with the Environmental Protection Authority to develop the plan, which would help skippers understand their environmental duties.
Sardine industry founder Sam Sarin received an outstanding contribution award at the event for his effort and “unconditional support” for the industry.
Mr Turner said since the industry’s beginning, Mr Sarin had “never looked back, being steadfast in times of hardship and a driver of industry evolution”.
“(He has) demonstrated leadership skills, a lasting commitment to sustainable fishing and is a highly respected member of the community.”