The key strategic issues, for WFSA, and the objectives to be delivered against them are drawn from the range of individual sector strategic plans. Many of the issues are shared across multiple sectors, as well as meeting WFSA’s own internal needs. Delivering against these issues and objectives is a key purpose for WF SA in servicing its members and supporting the State’s industry sector bodies.  This means that WFSA will promote key issues that will assist Sector Associations and help the seafood industry in SA progress. 

Key areas for the Industry are: 

Access Security – It is essential to support the rights and interests of seafood producing businesses in delivering on their role to be a key food production sector for the community.  

Co-management – Fisheries co-management is an arrangement in which responsibilities and obligations for sustainable fisheries management are negotiated, shared and delegated between government, fishers and other interest groups and stakeholders – definition by FRDC’s national working group on the fisheries co-management initiative, Project No. 2006/068.  Industry must be engaged and contribute to management, policy & research of the fishery and ecosystem so as to improve and responsibly harvest the marine resource. 

Governance – Delivering outcomes that benefit the Industry and its members requires that there are clear and effective structures to support the capacity of seafood producers and their organisations.  

Industry Capacity – Support the key component of the Industry, its people, in being well trained and resourced to effectively manage their organisations. Build Industry’s social licence through its involvement in securing and enhancing statutory rights and interests.   

Industry Profiling – The Status of South Australian Fish Stocks Report 2015 shows that nineteen of the 45 key South Australian fish stocks were classified as sustainable, one transitional–recovering, 12 transitional–depleting; one overfished, and 12 undefined. At present the industry suffers from a general perception that the commercial wild catch fishing sector is unsustainable (Community perceptions of the sustainability of the fishing industry in Australia – FRDC October 2013).  Raising the industry’s profile, gaining community acceptance and building social licence are critical components to correcting these misconceptions and securing support to supply local seafood.

Access Security


  • Ensure that programs and legislative arrangements deliver equitable, effective and accountable resource sharing arrangements. 

  • Support Industry through effective representation at Government and Community levels on a wide range of issues affecting the access and security of the Industry and its members. 

  • Monitor and seek to further enhance legislation that strengthens property rights and interests of the Industry in order to protect its investment and the community’s interests in strong regional economies.



  • Work with Primary Industries and Regions South Australia and other natural resource management agencies to enhance the capacity for effective co-management policies and frameworks under policy and legislative arrangements. 

  • Continue to work with Government on improving cost effective and efficient services delivered under the cost recovery framework.

  • Support industry capacity to be effectively represented and to deliver co-management programs. 

  • Effectively represent the Industry’s interests on a wide range of policy areas that influence Industry’s performance, including areas such as marine planning, maritime safety and workplace management. 

  • Ensure that Industry interests and investments in Research, Development & Education are effectively represented and managed to deliver maximum benefit to the investor, to grow Industry performance and underpin its rights and interests.



  • Establish an effective communication strategy to engage the Industry, our partners and the Community in better understanding the Industry’s role, needs and initiatives. 

  • Strengthen the capacity of the seafood industry through improved relationships and governance arrangements. 

  • Assist with the development and operation of effective representative structures to deliver on the strategic needs of members and the various representative bodies at a sector, state and national level. 

  • Support the establishment and effective operation of a range of industry initiatives to secure the resourcing and capacity building of industry bodies to deliver against their strategic plans.

Industry Capacity


  • Support and facilitate the training and development of our key resource, our people, in effectively participating in the management of their seafood businesses and improving the performance of their representative organisations. 

  • Identify and work with organisations that support or assist Industry to enhance its capacity to deliver outcomes that benefit licence holders, the resource or the community. 

  • Facilitate and support strategies and arrangements that enhance, through cooperation, the capacity of industry sector bodies.

Industry Profiling


  • Engage with the community and stakeholder groups to enhance the social licence of the Industry.

  • Support and facilitate initiatives that offer opportunities to promote and profile Industry.