Due date extended - Applications for Seafood Processor Grants - Round 2 will be accepted until 29 July 2022.
Round 2 of the Seafood Processor Grants Program is now open for applications to encourage diversification in the seafood industry.
A total of $500,000 funding is available for seafood processors through grants of up to $80,000 to support diversification to develop new products and markets and deliver benefits across the Tasmanian wild-caught seafood sector.
The Program will accept applications between 15 June and 29 July 2022 and successful applicants will be advised in September 2022.
For further information see the Guidelines and Application Forms:
Seafood Processor Grants Guidelines Round 2 (PDF 264Kb)
Seafood Processor Grants Application Form Round 2 (PDF 281Kb)
In October 2021, seafood processing businesses across the state were awarded $743,000 under the Seafood Processor Grants Program – Round 1. Ten successful businesses were granted between $44,500 and $80,000 each to encompass value-adding and diversification. This funding has supported businesses to realign their operations to meet future processing needs.
With the support of these grants, Tasmanian seafood processors have been able to diversify their processing operations to future-proof their businesses and expand market access to underpin a strong and resilient wild-caught seafood sector.
The projects supported in this first round include:
- high-grade freezing for product quality and diversification
- business diversification to local sales and marketing
- innovative high-grade abalone processing facilities
- holding, processing, and packaging of rock lobster
The Tasmanian Government committed $1 million each year for two years for a Wild Fisheries Action Plan to support the seafood sector. Seafood processors have been particularly hard hit by COVID-19, ongoing access restrictions to key export markets, and limitations in the chain of supply.
Under the Action Plan, the Seafood Processor Grants program has been developed to support Tasmanian seafood processors to innovate and invest in new infrastructure, to supply products to emerging and established markets.
With the support of these grants, it is anticipated that Tasmanian seafood processors will be able to realign business operations to meet future processing needs associated with the impacts of COVID-19 and associated market disruptions. Innovation by Tasmanian seafood processors is key to securing stable market access, which will underpin a strong and resilient wild-caught seafood sector.