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Thank you for your service
It is with deep sadness and a heavy heart that we report the death of one of our founding Directors, Martin Palmer following a brief illness.  

Martin served as a member of the Board of OceanWatch Australia between our formation in 1989, and his recent retirement in 2017 and was a source of deep knowledge as the representative of the Master Fish Merchants Association of Australia. 

“Martin will be remembered for his valuable contribution and insights over many years.  It was his advocacy for sustainable seafood and a deep passion for the seafood industry that brought him to guide the direction of OceanWatch Australia.

The entire OceanWatch family send our deepest condolences to Martin’s partner in life Diane De Castle.”

Geoff Blackburn
Chair, OceanWatch Australia

Historic NRM moment
 At the recent NRM Regions Australia Meeting of the Chairs’ in Darwin, an update of the MOU was signed by Peter Bridgewater, Chair of the National...Read More
Free plastics poster resource

Let’s face it we can all make small changes to reduce the amount of plastics in our lives. Australia alone uses 6.9 billion plastic bags a year dumping 36,700 tonnes of plastic bags into our landfill every year. We have released a free marine plastics poster for businesses and community members to share and use... Read More

Rec fishers #BeNetAware

Rec fishers #benetaware certain Opera House Yabby nets have been directly linked to Platypus entrapment. Kmart, Big W and Anglers Warehouse have discontinued stocking the nets, which can drown platypus. If you have one reconsider its use... Share the posts to get the word through our Facebook or Twitter .

Graziers working for a healthy Great Barrier Reef

All the way out in Strathalbyn, QLD lays 34,000 hectares of grazing land, and the site of a pilot program that has demonstrated the potential to drastically improve water quality flowing towards the Great Barrier Reef.

The reef aid program, works to remediate sunken gullies where sediment flows into the Burdekin river catchment. Run by Greening Australia, the program aims to eventually work through more than 1,000 hectares of similar sites by 2030.

Carp Control Plan

The National Carp Control Plan is in its last six months of finalisation, with a comprehensive report leading to the possible release of the carp herpes virus within two years, if approved by all levels of government...Read More


Pipi Management Plan

The Victorian draft Pipi Fishery Management Plan is now open for public consultation. Have your say on how to keep Victoria’s pipi fishery sustainable here: 

WA Lobster popularity soaring
Almost all of WA’s western rock lobster catch is packed live and air freighted to China. The industry generates half a billion dollars a year, and is a world leader when it comes to sustainability....Read More
Fishermen and conservationists working together

A spike in sea urchin population in the Gippsland’s Corner Inlet has led to a partnership between conservationists and local professional fishers...Read More

Ridley Australian Prawn Farmers Association Symposium 2018
This symposium will bring together a group of forward thinkers to discuss how technology and smart farming can drive industry growth...Read More
The Trap Man of Bermagui
The blue waters off the coast of New South Wales teem with marine life that support the livelihoods of professional fishers. For Jason Moyce or Trapman as some know him, it has been a way of life for the last 30 years...Read More

Logan seafood farmers given all clear

Seafarms Group Ltd  has finalised an agreement with Japan-based Nissui

Tropical oysters cultivated in Bowen



 PFAS chemicals not linked to disease but health effects 'cannot be ruled out'

Giant Oyster breaks records

TAS fishers in pursuit of escapee Salmon

Tuna champions program

Western Rock Lobster Council threatens breakaway

$1 mill artificial reef
Black bream fish returns to Coorong and Lower Lakes

Stronger oysters

Barramundi design causes a stir

Fishermen going broke in NT

Fishing retailers withdraw yabby nets that kill platypuses

2018 National Conference & Awards

ECSA 57 conference

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