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New Representative for Torres Strait in the 2018 National Seafood Industry Leaders Program

The Torres Strait Regional Authority (TSRA) is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Mr Michael Passi in the 2018 National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP).

This announcement follows his successful acceptance into the program by the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation.

The National Seafood Industry Leadership Program (NSILP) is a training initiative that aims to equip participants with the skills, networks and a whole-of-seafood industry perspective to make a contribution at an industry, state or national level in the future.

The TSRA Chairperson, Mr Napau Pedro Stephen, AM, said it was wonderful to see TSRA sponsor another successful participant in the only national industry specific leadership programme for the Australian Seafood Industry, following on from the sponsorship of Mr Charles David and Ms Flora Warrior in the 2017 program.

“The skills learnt in this program are invaluable for developing and strengthening ties of the local Torres Strait fishers to national and international industries and markets,” Mr Stephen said.

“It is great to see Torres Strait Islander participation again in 2018, in what is a highly renowned and sought-after program.

“We wish Michael all the best for his involvement in the leadership program and look forward to hearing from him about his experiences.”

Mr Passi has been engaged in the Torres Strait fishing industry for over 20 years and is currently a full-time operator working out of his home of Mer Island.

He has represented his industry on Protected Zone Joint Authority working groups and been an active participant in management and sustainability initiatives of Torres Strait fisheries.

“My vision is for small business operators in the Torres Strait engaging more at the state and national level of the Australian seafood industry to help expand local businesses and their export markets,” Mr Passi said.

The 2018 program will be delivered over six months through three residential sessions with the first session taking place in Hobart.

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