NEWLY appointed federal assistant minister for agriculture and water resources Anne Ruston touched down in Port Lincoln this week for a casual catch up with local fishing representatives.
As part of the new federal ministry, Senator Ruston took on the assistant ministerial role with a specific focus on Australian fisheries.
She said her trip to Port Lincoln was planned before the government spill, however the visit was timely after taking on her new role.
Senator Ruston met with leaders from the abalone and rock lobster industries as well as tuna magnate Hagen Stehr to discuss a range of ideas that could benefit the Australian fishing industry and export potential.
"Aquaculture and fisheries are a major industry in to the future because we are good at it," she said.
During Senator Ruston's visit she discussed ideas around an Australian seafood brand to assist with export, which she said was a crucial aspect of the country's economy.
She said the federal government was doing everything it could to help Eyre Peninsula fishing businesses maximise their export potential.
"Export is the future of this country," she said.
"We don't have a population that gets rich by selling to ourselves."
Senator Ruston said her idea of creating an Australian seafood brand would help local fishing industries work together to market the high-quality reputation of Australian seafood on a global level.
During her visit she also met with local farmers as part of her agriculture portfolio to get an idea of the outlook of local crops.
She said the local crops were looking great at this stage and was hoping the year would be a positive one for Eyre Peninsula farmers.