SAOGA - Working for you, protecting your industry and investment.
The South Australian Oyster Growers Association (SAOGA) seeks to ensure:
- A sustainable oyster farming industry in South Australia ;
- Minimum environmental impact from oyster farming;
- Equitable access to new farming opportunities; and
- A secure and certain business environment for current and future investors in oyster farming.
SAOGA supports and represents SA oyster growers at a regional, State and national level.
Established in 1989 by a group of Eyre Peninsula oyster farmers who saw a growing need to take a collaborative approach towards the management of oyster farming in South Australia , SAOGA initially attracted a formal membership of approximately 40 licence holders. Today, SAOGA’s membership is around 100 - approximately 98% of all oyster licence holders in South Australia.
Code of Practice
SAOGA has been pro-active in developing a Code of Practice (COP) which aims to ensure all SAOGA members adopt the highest professional standards. The COP covers all aspects of shellfish culture including harvesting, product handling and transportation. Its methods and recommendations either comply with current legislation or are designed to supplement Acts or Regulations that may apply including approval by the Environmental Protection Authority .
SAOGA has developed a Government approved, 3rd party audited, Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) based program, to meet regulated food safety requirements.
Occupational Health & Safety
SAOGA has developed an Occupational Health and Safety program to meet regulated occupational health safety requirements.
SAOGA Executive Committee
The committee comprises an elected President, one or two representatives from each ‘Bay’ across the State and an Executive Officer. The committee meets approximately 4 times a year, and when required, to address member’s issues. An Annual General Meeting is usually held in September when Executive Committee positions are re-elected.
SAOGA provides representation for growers on issues such as:
- Environmental Management
- South Australian Shellfish Quality Assurance Program (SASQAP) & Australian Shellfish Quality Asuurance Program
- State Laws & Regulations
- Best Practice Farm Management
- Public Relations
- Site Rehabilitation Scheme (SAOGA holds monies in Trust for members who contribute to the scheme, which then meets relevant licence conditions)
- Policy Development
- Transport SA
- Cost Recovery (fee setting)
- Licence & Tenure Conditions
- Lease Tenure
- Marketing / Product Promotion (SA Seafood Food Plan)
- Research & Development, South Australian Oyster Research Council (SAORC).
- Food Health Act & Regulations
- Native Title
SAOGA produces a quarterly newsletter containing inportant information of relevance to growers. The newsletter ensures all growers are aware and up-to-date with industry based issues and initiatives.
SAOGA holds an annual Seminar at various Bays across the State which provides a forum for communication between all levels and aspects of the industry.
Membership Fees: $600 per year and due every November
Associate Membership fees: $60 per year
To become a member of the Association please contact the SAOGA Executive on (08) 83643831.
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