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Landline lands sardines

Filming sardine stock assessment work for Landline aboard SARDI's research vessel, Ngerin

Above: Filming sardine stock assessment work for Landline aboard SARDI's research vessel, Ngerin

ABC TV's Landline has captured the emergence of the latest wild catch fishery industry documenting the effort to grow a 'sardines for human consumption' market.

Reporter Kerry Staight profiled the industry as it moves to boost its value by marketing sardines as a high quality seafood.

Sardines are an undervalued species in South Australia, with most of the catch currently going for tuna feed.

Dr Tim Ward, onboard SARDI research vessel, Ngerin, conducting sardine stock assessment research

Above: Dr Tim Ward, onboard SARDI research vessel, Ngerin, conducting sardine stock assessment research

In the program, which aired on July 17, 2011, Kerry looked at the intricacies of targeting the human consumption market, from SARDI's world leading stock assessment methods to fishing practices, processing methods and delivering new, safe and profitable products to domestic and international markets.

Over several months Kerry interviewed industry leaders and processors at Port Lincoln, including Mr Peter White (Port Lincoln Seafood), sardine industry executive officer, Mr Paul Watson, Seafood CRC Commercial Processing Manager, Bob Fleming, the SA Sardine Association as well as SARDI Aquatic Sciences Wildfisheries leader A/Prof. Tim Ward, and Dr Karen McNaughton from SARDI's Food Innovation and Value Chain (FIVC) group. FIVC is helping develop new products and packaging, as well as evaluating freezing and shelf life, and on board handling of sardines.

View the sardine Landline program online "Little things mean a lot" (external website).

Sardines to market - MISA Snapshot that focuses on growing the sardine industry by focusing on value-adding sardines for the developing human consumption market (PDF 111KB).

Success for sardine industry - Port Lincoln Times, March 9, 2011 (external website).