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National Marine NRM News 

December 2021
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In This Edition:


Fish Habitat Protection Protocol Launched
Environment Minister Sussan Ley joined OceanWatch at Sydney Fish Market on Sunday to launch our world-first Fish Habitat Protection Protocol to safeguard the marine environment from future bushfire impacts. 

The devastating 2019-20 bushfires impacted everything, including the marine environment, as several worrying observations were made by residents and fishermen up and down the East Coast. However, the nature, scale and distribution of these marine impacts observed was unknown at the time. 

Funded by the Australian Government’s investment in bushfire recovery for wildlife and their habitats, the OceanWatch team quickly set about collecting these observations from bushfire survivors who had seen aquatic impacts. The team recorded immediate and lingering impacts from the ash and debris building on beaches and in water, killing fish, and changing sea life behaviour. Also part of this project, the team built online mapping tools to aid discussions around recovery. The OceanWatch Protocol emerged, providing procedures around how Australians can prepare, fight and help vital aquatic environments recover.

Professional Fisherman Diego 'Richie' Bagnato and Professional Abalone Diver John Smythe joined us on Sunday to discuss bushfire impacts and recovery in the marine environment and the Australian seafood industry. 

Resources are now online to help readers think about how the processes, recommendations and mapping information could be used in future-proofing the health of our aquatic environments.  Our aim is for the OceanWatch protocol to help everyone who fights bushfires to also fight for aquatic health too.    

Find out more.

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

Learn more.
Luke Johnstone

Luke started as a deckhand on his dad’s boat once he finished school. He became a professional fisherman in 2010. He is currency fishing on the Seekinz, a fiberglass mould randell boat. 
What he loves about fishing is the sense of freedom.

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Brad Holden

Brad Holden is a professional fisherman since 2005 based at South West Rocks on the NSW Mid-North coast.
Brad supplies local seafood for seafood consumers in a sustainable and responsible way and is proud to be recognised as an OceanWatch Master Fisherman.

Learn more. 

Get Involved

Tide to Tip
It's the time of year that we begin to plan for our next set of Tide to Tip clean-up events. 
To date oyster farmer across 23 estuaries have joined together to removed over 22,000 kg of marine debris from our nations waterways! OceanWatch is looking to expand the event and involve more oyster farmers and communities across Australia for the 2022 events.
If you are interested in learning more or getting involved in the clean-ups visit our website or contact:

In The News

Ruber Crumb Impact Report
Rubber crumb, from recycled tyres, is used in playground surfaces, but data collected by Tangaroa Blue and AUSMAP has shown that millions of toxic rubber crumb particles can be released from each park into the environment as the surface degrades, sometimes in just a matter of weeks.

Find out more. 
Seafood Directions 2022 to be held in Brisbane
Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) and Tourism Events Queensland announced earlier this month that the industry’s peak biennial conference, Seafood Directions, will be held in Brisbane from September 13-15, 2022. 
The theme for next year's event will be 'One Voice, One Future’ which aims to reinforce the unity of the Australian seafood industry and the ties that bind our sub-sectors together.

Learn more. 

Grants, Awards and Opportunities 

Blue Carbon Ecosystem Restoration Grants

The Blue Carbon Ecosystem Restoration Grants will run over 4 years from 2021–22 to 2024–25. These grants are a core component of the broader Blue Carbon Conservation, Restoration and Accounting Program.

The grants will fund on-ground implementation of at least 4 blue carbon ecosystem restoration projects in Australia. The projects will be chosen to represent a variety of blue carbon ecosystem types and socio-economic settings and serve as demonstration of the outcomes achievable for climate, biodiversity and livelihoods. Applications close 15 February 2022 - 9:00pm AEDT

Learn more.

FRDC Call for Applications

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for applications that address research, development & extension (RD&E) priorities nominated by the FRDC’s stakeholders. Applications via FishNet must be finalised by 14 February 2022 (unless otherwise stipulated). 

Learn more.

Call for Abstracts 2022 National Landcare Conference

The call abstracts campaign is now open for the 2022 National Landcare Conference and will close on February 27, 2022. The theme is “The Power of Landcare | Shaping Our Future” which affirms the importance of looking to the future when addressing the issues and opportunities open to Landcare.

Learn more.

2022 AgUP Program Grants

The AgUP grant program provides grants to co-fund industry-led (agriculture, fisheries and forestry) initiatives aimed at supporting jobs and retaining the Australian workforce by building skills, establishing and enhancing career progression pathways and mentoring opportunities.
The grants will support initiatives that encourage the development of innovative approaches to career progression and support the retention and sustainability of the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sector workforce. Applications close 20th January 2022.

Learn more.

Future Drought Fund Grants

The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open process to apply for the Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilient Soils and Landscapes Grants Program. The Future Drought Fund (the Fund) provides a sustainable source of funding to help Australian farmers and agricultural-dependent communities and businesses become more prepared for and resilient to the impacts of drought.
From July 2020, $100 million is available each year from the Fund to invest in drought resilience programs. Applications close 11 January 2022.

Learn more.

Strengthening Rural Communities Program

Grants are available for a broad range of grassroots, community-led initiatives that directly and clearly benefit local communities. Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and assessed quarterly.

This round, grants up to $10,000 are available through the Small & Vital Stream, and grants up to $25,000 are available through the Bushfire Recovery Stream.

Learn more.

Marine NRM Coastal Directory

The Marine NRM Coastal Directory is designed to connect people and skill sets reducing silos between disciplines. This free register, publicly available on the OceanWatch website, is an easy way to engage new colleagues and extend your network, helping to fuel the growth of Australia's blue-green innovations. Key information on Researchers, Natural Resource Management Agents, and Suppliers working in the marine environment, are now accessible in one place.

Create your account or search for others

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