The NSW Government wants more local seafood on more NSW plates and is launching a program to boost the value of the NSW seafood industry.
The Eat More NSW Seafood 2023 grants program is designed to build marketing and promotion capability within seafood businesses through small-scale (less than $10,000 excluding GST) and large-scale ($10,000 to $100,000 excluding GST) grants.
The purpose of the campaign is to increase consumption of NSW seafood, drive the value of NSW seafood through increased awareness and consumption, and build industry capabilities and cohesiveness.
Strategic objectives of the campaign are to:
The Eat More NSW Seafood 2023 grants program is funded under the Marine Estate Management Strategy. The ten-year strategy was developed by the NSW Marine Estate Management Authority to coordinate management of the marine estate.
Large Grants Project
Professional Fishers’ Association (PFA)
The grant will assist the PFA with its project: Bringing Fish to the Farm.
The PFA will target two inland regional destinations to promote NSW seafood, Dubbo and Bathurst.
These regions were chosen due to their high population numbers and the potential for an inland seafood supply route to be established.
Sydney Fish Market
The grant will assist Sydney Fish Market develop a 100 Species Content Hub.
The website will promote the health benefits of seafood consumption through species information, recipes, and longform articles. It will increase consumer purchasing options across a broader variety of seafood products and lesser-known species.
The grant will assist OceanWatch deliver three Master Fisherman training workshops for NSW endorsed professional fishers.
Training workshops were last delivered in NSW by the OceanWatch team in 2019, and this new grant will provide a valuable opportunity for fisher to participate who are currently on a waitlist.
Nelson Bay Seafood T/A Hunter River Seafood
The grant will assist with the development of a Port to Plate ‘South Coast New South Wales’ seafood cookbook.
It will be a community-driven tool that will be designed to promote the consumption of a broad range of fresh, underutilised, sustainable and quality, local NSW seafood accessible for consumers on the NSW south coast.
Out of the Blue Oysters in conjunction with Narooma Rocks
The grant will assist with the promotion of Narooma Rock Oysters and the Narooma Oyster Festival.
It will also assist in delivering a sustainable seafood cooking program to the Narooma Oyster Festival 2024 and promote sustainable south coast seafood.
Total Grants: $500,000
The Eat More NSW Seafood 2023 grants program will be offered in two streams:
The small and large-scale funds are open to owners of a registered seafood business in NSW, NSW commercial fishing licence holders, and NSW fishing business owners, holders of an aquaculture permit in NSW, and seafood industry associations or like-seafood industry entities whose members meet one of the above criteria, and may be delivered in partnership with other producers, retailers and/or marketing/promotional companies.
All project submissions will be assessed under the Program Guidelines.
Applications for Eat More NSW Seafood 2023 grants program must show how projects will deliver on one or more of the following objectives:
Projects must be completed by 30 June 2024.
Eat More NSW Seafood 2023 grants program will make funding available for projects within NSW and provide opportunities within regional NSW.
Please review the Program Guidelines for further details.
Following the review of the applications to confirm that the applicant is eligible an Evaluation Panel will make recommendations to the Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW.
Large scale applicants must submit a detailed financial business case application, to demonstrate how the campaign/activity will be funded and executed.
Applications for the Eat More NSW Seafood 2023 grants program have now closed.