“The three-day event will provide an excellent opportunity for industry stakeholders and bodies to engage with peers and specialists and gain some additional insights relevant to the industry across Australia and New Zealand,” Ms Hodgkinson said.
“The congress, organised by the NSW Lobster Association and sponsored by the Department of Primary Industries, will be attended by lobster stakeholders and industry specialists from Australia and New Zealand.
“The NSW lobster fishery extends from the Queensland border to the Victorian border and is an important part of our vibrant seafood industry.”
Ms Hodgkinson said the lobster fishery was a boutique, high-value industry, worth about $8 million to the NSW economy each year.
Fisheries NSW executive director, Dr Geoff Allan, said a number of world class speakers will present an interesting and varied range of topics of relevance to the rock lobster industries of Australia and New Zealand.
“These include fishing, science, innovation in industry, meeting new challenges with confidence, future directions, export trade and business planning of profitable harvest strategies,” Dr Allan said.
“There will also be trade displays and a wharf-side display of NSW lobster vessels, gear and electronics.”
Scott Westley from the NSW Lobster Association and the NSW Lobster Fishery Working Group said the conference is a chance for lobster specialists from Australia and New Zealand to discuss new services and technology for the lobster industry.
“The event will be informative and informal – there’ll be plenty of chances for delegates to mingle amongst a wide and varied range of talks and workshops,” Mr Westley said.
The conference will be held from September 1-3 at Four Points by Sheraton, Darling Harbour.
To register, visit www.etouches.com/lobster2013