In response to the COVID19 crisis, Oysters Australia is investigating ways of supporting the industry, particularly through initiatives that could minimise the "gridlock" of oysters along the supply chain, and maintain sales of oysters, thereby preserving some income through the value chain.
Numerous forms of support for the seafood industry during the COVID19 crisis has been provided by Federal and State governments. Most of these involve individual businesses applying directly to the government. This application aims to design a national response that could be implemented using a combination of funds from Oysters Australia and governments. For example, the Commonwealth funds available for support of severely affected industries and regions.
An experienced seafood industry executive was engaged to consult with the post farm gate sector, in an attempt to find whole-of-supply chain solutions. It was recognized that all businesses in the sector were suffering, and that small signs of recovery, such as continuing sales by specialist retailers and direct sales from farm to consumer need to be supported.