Oysters Tasmania is the peak body representing oyster and shellfish growers throughout Australia’s beautiful island state. Two complementary associations, the Tasmanian Shellfish Executive Council (TSEC) and the Tasmanian Oyster Research Council (TORC), collaborated to form Oysters Tasmania in 2009. Oysters Tasmania employs an executive officer to coordinate and communicate the objectives and activities of the organisation to its members, other stakeholders and the wider community.
The activities of Oysters Tasmania is overseen by an elected board. Underneath the board there are two standing subcommittee’s, the Advocacy Sub-committee and the R&D Sub-committee. The structure and current membership of board and sub-committees is outlined below
Oysters Tasmanian Board
The Board of Oysters Tasmania can have a membership of between 4 and 7 directors. The primary role of the Board is to ensure that the operations of the organisation meet the required standard of governance and to oversee the activities of the executive officer. In providing direction to the executive officer the Board receives advice from the two standing sub-committees.
Oyster Tasmania Board Members
- Dan Roden (Chair)
- Ben Cameron
- Peter Dawson
- Ian Duthie
- Tim Pauly
Oysters Tasmania Advocacy Sub-committee
The role of the advocacy subcommittee is to provide a conduit between the growers and the board in relation to the issues that impact on the day to day operations of oyster farmers and shellfish growers. The sub-committee also provides advice to the board in relation to the development of policy.
One of the directors on the Oysters Tasmania Board acts as chair of the Advocacy Sub-committee. A representative nominated bay each of the growing region’s form the committee. Forming local ‘Bay’/area grower groups has ensured all members across our diverse state have the opportunity to contribute to the conversation and discuss the issues as they relate to their local circumstances. The Advocacy Sub-committee brings these many voices into a unified voice.
Advocacy Sub-committee members
- Peter Dawson (Chair)
- Jarred Poke (Circular Head Shellfish Growers Association)
- Paul Webb (Port Sorrel)
- Craig Lockwood (St Helens Shellfish Growers)
- Giles Fisher (Freycinet Shellfish Growers Association)
- Hayden Dyke (Little Swanport)
- Todd England (South East Shellfish Growers Association)
- Justin Goc (Pittwater Oyster Growers Association)
- Ron Schwanke (Pipeclay Oyster Growers Association)
- Sam Hauser (Bruny Island Shellfish Growers Association)
Advocacy activities are funded by a two tiered levy on growers. A base fee per license and an additional fee based on the hectare’s being farmed. Additional funds are generated through Shellfish Futures, Tasmania’s annual shellfish industry conference
The sub-committee, as the name suggests, is primarily focused on research for the oyster industry, following the recognition that the industry needed to co-ordinate and collaborate on identifying and facilitating research and development activities that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the Tasmania oyster industry.
Oysters Tasmania makes a direct financial contribution to research by a levy on oyster spat sales to Tasmanian oyster growers. This was initially $1 for every 1000 oyster spat purchased by growers from hatcheries. However, with opportunities to collaborate with the broader Australian oyster industry through the Seafood Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), TORC (now Oysters Tasmania) raised this levy to $1.25/1000 oyster spat. The evolution of the Seafood CRC Oyster Consortium resulted in the formation of Oysters Australia, through which much of the annual budget is directed on collaborative research. A recently announced CRC-P the Futures Oysters CRC-P will take carriage of the research portfolio currently being finalised to support the ongoing sustainability and development of the oyster industry nationally.
R&D Sub-committee members
- Ian Duthie Chair
- Ben Cameron (Hatchery rep)
- Scott Parkinson (Hatchery rep)
- Ian Whitehouse
- Vacant (Grower rep)
- Vacant (Grower rep)
The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council
The Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council (TSIC) is the umbrella organisation that represents the interests wild capture fishers, marine farmers and seafood processors in Tasmania. Where Oysters Tas represent the shellfish sector on sector specific issues the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council TSIC represents the industry on cross-sectorial issues such as marine infrastructure, marine safety including the development of vessel safety management systems, the development of food safety plans and promotion of the Tasmanian seafood industry through such events as the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.
This short videos explores the history of Oysters in Tasmania
Thank you to Tas Prime Oysters for use of their photos within the website.