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National Marine NRM News 

October 2021
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New TAngler Bins Installed
Check out one of the new TAngler Bins installed on Macleay Island by Running Wild-Youth Conservation Culture. 
Tangler bins are designed as a practical environmental solution for the recovery of lost recreational fishing line that litters recreational fishing hotspots.
Running Wild have been busy in recent weeks installing 16 bins at popular recreational fishing locations on Macleay and surrounding islands. 

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Testing Litter Survey Methods
Through our Litter Free Estuaries initiative, OceanWatch has been testing methods for surveying litter that ends up on the sea floor. We are currently investigating several methodologies including Suba Diving, a Remote Underwater Vehicle (ROV) and a number of other camera based designs to explore their effectiveness in various estuarine habitats. The methods are being assessed based on 5 criteria, data quality, safety, practicality, affordability and invasiveness. 
Pictured here is Claudia Santori with the CHASING M2 ROV that we've used for surveying various litter hotspots in Sydney Harbour. A useful tool for exploring underwater habitats!

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This project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority, Waste Less Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

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.

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John Alessi

Johnny Alessi is a professional fisherman endorsed to fish in the NSW Estuary General Fishery.
Johnny lives and works in Port Stephens, responsibly and sustainably supplying local seafood consumers with local caught seafood.

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Bob Elliott

Robert (Bob) Elliott is a professional fisherman endorsed to fish in the NSW Estuary General Fishery for over 50 years. Bob has lived around the Wallis Lake in the Foster area for all of his life, working out of the Wallis, Smiths and Myall Lakes. His fresh catch is available at the Wallis Lake Fishermen’s Coop.

Learn more. 

Get Involved

SA Rec Fishing Survey
The Department of Primary Industries and Regions SA is currently conducting a recreational fishing survey. This survey will help researchers assess the sustainability of SA’s fishing resources and will give fishery managers information they need to make sure there are healthy fish stocks into the future. They need to know more about the people who participate in recreational fishing, how they participate and what they catch.

Learn more.
Blue Futures Spring Seminars
Blue Futures is a Global Challenges keystone project: a partnership between the University of Wollongong (UOW) and Illawarra Local Aboriginal Land Council. The project includes scientists, data modellers, economists, policy makers, social geographers, writers and artists. Together, they are planning for a future that is sustainable for governments, industries, ecosystems and communities. 
They are holding weekly seminars throughout November and into December to share the discoveries they’ve made – and the challenges they’ve faced – to develop strategies that allow for a values-based approach to policy and industry.

Learn more.
Take part in the WISA Survey
Women in Seafood Australasia are running a national survey to find out: 
  • Who are the women in the Australian Seafood industry?
  • What roles do women play?
  • What do women need to have a career and succeed in the seafood industry?
The survey is aimed at everyone involved in the Australian Seafood Industry. Fill out the survey here, it should only take 10 minutes to complete. 
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

In The News

Ocean Impact Pitchfest 2021 Winner 
The Ocean Impact Pitchfest 2021 was a completely virtual, global initiative to find, support and accelerate innovative solutions that can transform the health of the ocean. Sea Forest was this years winner, for pioneering the cultivation of a natural solution to climate change. Sea Forest has developed the technology required to cultivate asparagopsis seaweed at scale, which when fed to livestock reduces methane emissions by 90%. 

Learn more.
Earthshot Winners Announced
The first-ever Earthshot Prize Winners were announced recently. Each of these five winners receive £1million prize money and a global network of professional and technical support to scale their remarkable environmental solutions to repair our planet and accelerate their impact.

The five winners include cutting-edge technologists, innovators, an entire country, and a pioneering city. The winners were selected by The Earthshot Prize Council and were chosen for their ground-breaking solutions to the greatest environmental challenges facing our planet and their ability to scale their impact globally in response to the urgent challenges we face.

Learn more. 
Ocean Decade Australia Briefing 
Ocean Decade Australia held the 3rd Stakeholder Briefing in late October. The discussion was focused on behaviour and action, change for a new blue deal between humans and the ocean. The video of the briefing is available to view on the Ocean Decade Australia website. The second Ocean Decade Australia Report is also now available on their website, this report summarises the feedback of participants from the 2nd Stakeholder Briefing. held earlier in the year. 

Grants, Awards and Opportunities 

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.


Women & Leadership Australia (WLA) Scholarships

WLA are currently offering professional development scholarships for women across all areas of the Aquaculture and Fisheries sector. Partial scholarships of $1000 -$5000 per person are available for their world-class leadership courses. Applications close Tuesday 30 November 2021 unless allocated prior.

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.

Drought Resilience Grant Program

The second round of the Future Drought Fund’s Networks to Build Drought Resilience grant program is now open. The grants can fund community-led initiatives such as events, projects, activities, training and small-scale infrastructure that will strengthen community engagement, networking and preparedness for drought.  Applications close 15th November 2021. 

Learn more.

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