Seafood Industry Victoria’s vision to build and inform a united, ecologically sustainable and thriving seafood industry valued by Victorian communities
SIV celebrates the contribution of the seafood industry to Victorian communities, because Victorian harvested seafood is:
Managed in an ecological sustainable way using environmentally responsible practices
The source of local, fresh and healthy seafood in Victoria
Important to the economic and social viability of Victorian coastal communities
SIV was formed in 1989 and is a not-for-profit, non-government organization, founded and funded by professional fishers and fish processors. Fishing and post-harvest sector Associations also contribute financially as SIV members.
Born out of the Victorian Fishing Industry Federation of the late 1970s, SIV has been, in one form or another, representing the interests of Victoria’s seafood industry for over forty years.
SIV’s history pales in comparison to the industry we represent, but we are proud to have a small place in its rich past, vibrant heritage, and to be part of its prosperous and exciting future.
seafood industry victoria Strategy
Seafood Industry Victoria's strategic framework provides a dynamic strategy that allows us to respond to changing conditions, which are monitored and acted upon as required. It also allows SIV to be proactive and on the front foot in leading industry in current circumstances and into the future. The strategy in action framework allows risks and opportunities to be assessed, and recognises where we need to adjust our approaches or directions to achieve better results for industry. SIV's strategic plan provides a basis from which Seafood Industry Victoria can focus on the highest priority of the time and ensure that we represent our members.
Under the Strategic Framework 2017-2022, SIV will be developing annual operating plans and encourages industry to implement their own operating plans. This way we can ensure industry is at the forefront of setting their own future.
Click the below picture to see SIV's 2017-2022 Strategic Framework.
Strategy in Action - adopted to develop SIV's Strategic Framework 2017-2022
SIV has developed policies to communicate our position on issues relating to Victorian seafood. These policies ensure transparency and consistency on important issues that have the potential to affect Victorian seafood harvesters and businesses. SIV understands that the fishing environment is continually changing and policies will be updated to reflect these changes.
SIV is currently undergoing a thorough review of its current policies - stay tuned for updates!
SIV members include harvesters, processors, wholesalers, retailers and exporters of Victorian seafood. SIV represents every Victorian fishing access licence holder and quota owner from across the state.
SIV also represents 11 Professional Associations including: Abalone Victoria (Central Zone) Apollo Bay Fishermen’s Co-op Corner Inlet Fisheries Habitat Associations Eastern Victoria Sea Urchin Divers Association Lakes Entrance Fishermen’s Co-op Melbourne Seafood Centre San Remo Fishermen's Co-op SeaGen Aquaculture Southern Ocean Mariculture Victorian Fish & Food Marketing Association Yumbah Narrawong Pty Ltd
We have now extended our membership base to organisations and companies with a significant interest in the fishing industry, so if you're interested please contact us.
Annual membership fees are set at the Annual General Meeting for voting and non-voting members. These fees allow SIV to act on behalf of industry to provide support and information where necessary.
Interested in becoming a member of Seafood Industry Victoria? Contact the SIV Office – email@example.com
Matthew Wassnig- Chief Executive Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org Matthew is a passionate member of the seafood industry who has enjoyed a unique career spanning several sectors. He has proven skills in research, advocacy, management, business strategy, sales and marketing. Matthew holds a Science Degree majoring in Marine Biology, and a PhD in the field of Aquaculture. For the past 10 years, Matthew has focused on commercial roles aimed at increasing awareness and consumption of responsibly sourced seafood
Joeanne Tripylas, Administration officer - email@example.com Joeanne is a long standing employee of SIV and provides a high level of administrative support to the SIV office. She has witnessed many changes, not only at SIV, but in Victoria’s seafood industry. Joeanne has a wealth of knowledge, and more often than not, is the first point of contact for those desiring to know more about Victorian seafood.
The SIV Board is formed through industry nominations at the Annual General Meeting. The full board consists of a Chair, a Deputy Chair and ten Directors. The Board shall comprise no more than thirteen directors from both the primary (catching) sector, the secondary (post-harvest) sector and three casual vacancies. The Executive Director of SIV also sits on the Board.
The Victorian Rock Lobster Committee (VRLC) has been established as an Industry Committee under Seafood Industry Victoria Inc. Members are nominated by rock lobster license Holders, who are eligible persons within their respective zones, and are also affiliated with Seafood Industry Victoria (SIV). The role of the committee is to provide advice to SIV, Government Ministers, the VFA and other stakeholders on matters pertaining to the management of the Victorian rock lobster industry.
If you want to lead and shape our industry, becoming a voluntary Board Director is for you. If you are interested, you need to be nominated by a licence holder, abalone quota holder or member of SIV. For more information please contact SIV - firstname.lastname@example.org