SafeFish, provides technical advice to support Australia’s seafood trade and market access negotiations and helps to resolve barriers to trade.

SafeFish is primarily funded by the Fisheries Research & Development Corporation (FRDC) and is the leading platform in their program for dealing with food safety and trade and market access issues affecting Australian seafood.

Technical Program

The technical program is underpinned by a strategy to identify current and emerging food safety and market access issues, prioritise these issues, and undertake technical work to provide potential solutions to overcome those of highest priority. This is known as the SafeFish prioritisation process, and is used as a robust method of determining the work program.

Current Technical Research

Following the 2021 hazard identification and prioritisation process that was held, the following issues were identified as having the highest priority to the Australian seafood industry. For the 2022-2025 period technical research on the following items will be undertaken to assist in addressing them:

Report an Issue

If you are aware of technical impediments to trade or food safety issues that you would like SafeFish to consider working on, please complete the following form.

Technical Reports

SafeFish produces technical reports to overcome issues of public health and market access significance for the Australian Seafood sectors.


SafeFish coordinates the production of technical advice in conjunction with and on behalf of industry to Codex Australia.

SafeFish Communiques

The SafeFish partnership group meets quarterly and produces a freely available communique of the main discussion points and outcomes from the meetings.

Latest Content

The latest collection of SafeFish technical reports, communication outputs, news and articles can be found here.

MAY 2024

SafeFish Microplastics in Seafood Webinar

On 17th May 2024 from 11-12:30 (ACST) SafeFish will be holding a FREE virtual webinar on the impacts of microplastics in seafood, the current situation in Australia, and how we are managing the risk. To register for this event, click here.

APRIL 2024 
International Meeting 

Call for ICMSS Hosts

There is currently a call for interested parties to host future International Conferences of Molluscan Shellfish Safety. Applications close 3rd June 2024. For more information, please click here.

MARCH 2024
Annual Report

SafeFish Annual Report 2022-23

The 2022-2023 SafeFish Annual report is now available online. If you would like a printed version mailed to you, please contact the secretariat to request a copy.


SafeFish Quarterly Meeting

SafeFish will be holding its next virtual quarterly meeting on August 5th 2024 from 11:30-3:30pm (ACST). These meetings are open to all interested SafeFish stakeholders. To register your interest to attend, please contact the secretariat. 


COVID-19 Update

The FRDC in conjunction with SafeFish and other relevant experts, have developed an industry briefing for seafood relating to Corono-virus pandemic. To view the briefing, please click here.