Ian Cartwright To Lead ShellMAP Management Committee

Ian Cartwright To Lead ShellMAP Management Committee

Tasmania Minister for Primary Industries and Water Sarah Courtney

ShellMAP To Enhance Tasmania’s Reputation For Quality Seafood

Victor P Taffa

Hodgman Government is partnering with the oyster and shellfish industry to enhance Tasmania’s reputation for quality seafood and create stronger regional economies, Minister for Primary Industries and Water Sarah Courtney said.

This year’s State Budget delivered $400,000 over 4 years to establish the Tasmanian Shellfish Market Access Program (ShellMAP).

“Signing of the ShellMAP agreement with Oysters Tasmania and the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council demonstrates how we are working to improve the capacity of the oyster industry to manage market access, food safety and Tasmania’s reputation for quality seafood.” Minister Courtney said.

New ShellMAP Management Committee will be led by independent chair Mr. Ian Cartwright, a marine resource management specialist with over 30 years’ experience. Mr. Cartwright is currently a Commissioner for the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, and chair of a range of fisheries management committees.

“We are also investing $400,000 to enhance the real time monitoring sensor network, a vital initiative to protect oyster and shellfish farm biosecurity and ensure continued market access.” Minister Courtney said.

This additional support is in addition to the Hodgman Government’s $1.2 Million investment last year into the new shellfish biotoxin testing facility at Analytical Services Tasmania in Hobart which is ensuring faster results, helping protect our Tasmanian brand and continued access to local, national and international markets.

“Oyster and shellfish sector are an important part of our iconic Tasmanian brand. We are committed to growing its value and reputation, and backing initiatives to support our growers.” Minister Courtney said.