SafeFish, provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade. It does this by bringing together experts in food safety and hygiene to work with the industry and regulators to agree and prioritise technical issues impacting on free and fair market access for Australian seafood.

Safefish has a record of success in reopening markets and in responding quickly when issues arise. By involving all relevant parties in discussions and, where necessary, commissioning additional research to fill any knowledge gaps, an agreed Australian position is reached that is technically sound and defensible. This robust process builds knowledge and relationships, and results in better outcomes for industry in maintaining fair market access and ensuring that the seafood they sell is safe.

SafeFish has recently compiled a brochure detailing these achievements for the last five years. To view this document, please click here.

What we do

SafeFish provides technical advice to support the resolution of issues and challenges relating to the export, import and domestic trade of Australian seafood products. It undertakes the following key functions:

  1. The provision of technical information and advice to support emergency incident response management.
  2. Identify and facilitate research into emerging market access issues.
  3. Develop technical advice for trade negotiations to assist in the resolution of market access and food safety issues.
  4. Develop technical briefs on high priority Codex issues.
  5. Facilitate technical attendance at high priority Codex meetings and specific working groups.



SafeFish is a partnership of seafood experts that assist the industry to resolve technical trade impediments, especially in relation to food safety and hygiene.

The purpose of SafeFish is to:

  • Provide technical expertise to enable rapid response to sustain free and fair access to key markets.
  • Underpin the safety and integrity of seafood sold commercially.