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National Marine NRM News 

November 2020 
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World Fisheries Day
To celebrate World Fisheries Day on the 21st of November, OceanWatch took the opportunity to recognise the dedication and hard work of our OceanWatch Master Fisherman through the release of our new video.

The OceanWatch Master Fisherman program is helping to recognise professional fishermen for their efforts to raise the standard of responsible fishing in Australia. These fishermen showcase the drive for sustainability and environmental awareness in the Australian seafood industry.

More than 135 NSW professional fishermen have already participated in the program which is now being expanded for South Australian fishers with potential for Victorian fishers.

This project is supported by OceanWatch Australia, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

Find out more here.

NSW Trawl Fisheries endorse seabird friendly fishing practices
Research has shown the NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery has minimal interactions with seabirds (read more here). To ensure the fishery remains seabird friendly into the future, NSW trawl fishers have worked with OceanWatch Australia and NSW DPI Fisheries to develop seabird management plans for individual vessels that describe a range of operational and physical measures to prevent interactions.

The voluntary adoption of these measures by fishers demonstrates that with collaboration between fishers, scientist and decision makers, simple practical solutions can be implemented to ensure fisheries are sustainably managed.

This work was funded by the NSW Government’s 10-year Marine Estate Management Strategy.

This collaboration demonstrates that OceanWatch Master Fisherman are continuing to raise the standard of responsible fishing in Australia. The OceanWatch Master Fisherman program is formal training and assessment for professional fishers, helping to demonstrate commitment to responsible and sustainable fishing practices. Find out more here.

The NSW Government’s 10-year Marine Estate Management Strategy supports Seafood industry training.
Find out more here.

Read on OWA website.
The OceanWatch Master Fisherman program involves formal training and assessment for professional fishers, and supplementary development of online fisher profiles to help demonstrate individual commitment to responsible fishing practices. 
More than 130 professional fisherman across NSW have participated in the program. The program is now expanding interstate and will initially focus on professional fisherman in SA.
Recognised OceanWatch Master Fisherman are continuing to raise the standard of responsible fishing in Australia. These fisherman showcase the drive for sustainability and environmental awareness in the Australian seafood industry.

Learn more.
Phillip Byrnes
Phillip is a professional fisherman from the Wallis Lakes region. He is endorsed to fish in the NSW Estuary General Fishery, harvesting a variety of estuarine species. Phillip's family have been fishing for generations.

Phillip is proud to be recognised as an OceanWatch Master Fisherman, responsibly and sustainably harvesting local seafood for seafood consumers.

Learn more
Mitch Sanders

Mitch is a professional fisherman endorsed to fish in the NSW Ocean Trap and Line, NSW Ocean Hauling and NSW Estuary General fisheries.

Mitch takes pride in responsibly and sustainably harvesting local seafood for Australian seafood consumers. He is based out of Long Jetty on the NSW Central Coast and works offshore between Sydney and Coffs Harbour and mainly around Terrigal.

Get Involved

OceanWatch Marine Muster
OceanWatch is holding the Marine Muster  on the 3rd of December at Sydney Fish Market and via Zoom.
The idea of the marine muster is to meet others in the blue/green NGO space whom you haven’t spoken to for a while or never met and learn what’s been happening plus try the new reality of meeting in person and communicating via Zoom. If you are interested in joining the even in person or via zoom you can RSVP below. 

 Agenda of the event: 
10.30 - 10.45: Welcoming speech - Lowri Pryce - OceanWatch CEO
10.45 - 11.30: Topic 1 - Participation in recovery
   Chris Smyth - University of Tasmania 
   Cassie Price - OzFish
   Claudia Santori - OceanWatch 
11.30 - 11.40: Break
11.40 - 1.00: Topic 2 – Communication/work adaptation
   Andrew Theakstone -  SafeWork NSW
   Emily Jateff - Australian National Maritime Museum
   Sally Bolton - MSC 
   Rosanna Perillo-Boutin - Ocean Action Pod 
   David Booth - UTS 
   Toni Wilson - Coastal Environment Centre Northern Beaches
1.00 - 1.15: Conclusions

Respecting the 4 square metres rule, only 30 people will be able to join the event in person. There will be no limitation on number of people joining via Zoom. We will send you the Zoom link prior to the event. Wearing a mask is mandatory for this event, please remember to bring yours. Thank you for your understanding. 

RSVP here.
Tide to Tip 2021
In February 2020 over 270 Oyster Farmers across Australia came together to help combat the scourge of marine debris in our nation’s waterways for the inaugural ‘Tide to Tip’ events. Whilst many oyster farmers already participate in estuary clean-ups throughout the year, ‘Tide to Tip’ provided an opportunity to scale up the effort by combining industry effort across NSW and Interstate to collectively improve our nations waterways. 

Now it's time to start planning the 2021 event, for the next Tide to Tip we'd love to engage more oyster growers, and see more events across Australia's estuaries. 
If you are interested in getting involved please email

OceanWatch can assist with the organisation of waste collection & disposal, provide rubbish bags, gloves etc. The model for a clean-up is easy to replicate, and local growers can decide if they want to run this as an industry only event, or partner with the local community or other local groups. The more growing regions we can get on board the better – it becomes a much better story, and one that demonstrates the value that the oyster industry places on a healthy environment.

In The News

Australia seafood industry launches national brand and consumption marketing campaign
"Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), the national peak-body representing the Australian seafood industry, has launched the first whole-of-industry marketing campaign, supported by the Australian Government, to promote Australian seafood and unveiled the nation’s flagship brand, Great Australian Seafood. "-SIA
Australian businesses stop exporting to China due to risk as trade tensions hit home
'Amid ongoing trade tensions between Canberra and Beijing, some Australian exporters are now so scared of having their products rejected at customs they have stopped shipping to China. Exporter Andrew Ferguson recently had three shipments of live lobsters die in China because of lengthy delays in customs testing.
China began more stringent testing because it said high levels of cadmium had been found in some shipments.'- ABC

Grants, Awards and Opportunities 

Professional Short Course: National Acid Sulfate Soil Guidance 

The Environmental Analysis Laboratory at Southern Cross University are offering two day short courses for professionals responsible for assessing and managing acid sulfate soils, in accordance with the National Acid Sulfate Soils Guidance.  Course date: 25- 26 March 2021, Tweed Heads, NSW.

Register Interest.

Bushfire Community Recovery and Resilience Fund: Stream 2

Grants for community groups, councils, joint organisations, NGOs, and not-for-profits in the local government areas that were disaster-declared during the 2019-20 bushfires to fund social recovery and preparedness projects. Applications close midday Friday 11 December 2020.

Learn more here.

Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund

This Bushfire Local Economic Recovery Fund will provide $250 million of further funding to support the social and economic recovery of communities affected by bushfire in 47 regional NSW Local Government Areas. Applications close 2 pm Thursday 28 January 2021

Learn more here.

Traceability Grants Program: Round 2

This program provides opportunities for successful applicants to conduct projects that will enhance the supply chain traceability systems and arrangements that support the export of our agricultural commodities. Applications close 11 pm 21 January 2021.

Learn more here.

FRDC Expressions of Interest

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address research, development & extension (RD&E) priorities nominated by the FRDC. The nominated RD&E priorities for investment are outlined below. EOIs that address multiple priorities are encouraged. The November 2020 call includes to two application deadlines. Short term projects 11.59 pm (23.59) 6 December 2020; other projects deadline is 11.59 pm (23.59) 20 January 2021. 

Learn more here.

UTAS Science of Fishing online course

Science of Fishing is for everyone; from people wanting to develop their skills and knowledge in fishing, those looking to enhance their recreational fishing experience, to those looking to contribute to a sustainable fishery. 

Learn more here.


Get Listed on the Oyster Finder

To support NSW oyster sales during a difficult time for the seafood industry, an online directory of oyster farms & oyster retailers has been developed. The directory is available here.  This searchable map will help customers find oysters, users are able to filter their searches by: 
•    oyster farms
•    farms offering shed gate sales
•    those offering mail orders
•    those offering home delivery
•    those offering tourism experiences 
Get listed by entering your details

Learn more here


Master Fisherman Seafood Directory

To support NSW OceanWatch Master Fisherman’s seafood sales, an online directory of Master Fisherman's retailers has been created. This searchable map will help potential customers find Master Fisherman’s products.  You can find the directory on the Master Fisherman website homepage.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to the directory, please contact Claire Denamur on 0427 883 018 or email


Call for Proposals for NSW Litter Congress 2021

Proposals are now invited for panels, workshops, round tables, debates, presentations and other interactive formats for the 2021 Litter Congress.
With an emphasis on thoughtful and research-based methods of inquiry and with input from a range of sectors, the Litter Congress is the opportunity for individuals and groups involved in litter management, prevention and reduction to assemble to jointly tackle littering and behavior change in an interactive environment. Submissions close 11 December 2020.

Learn more here

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