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National Marine NRM News 

July 2021
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Source Reduction 
OceanWatch has worked with the Tangaroa Blue Foundation on two Source Reduction Plans focussed on fishing-related bait bags and professional fishing-related light sticks as part of the ReefClean Program.
The bait bag source reduction plan allowed OceanWatch to understand the use of bait bags from multiple perspectives: bait supplier, packaging supplier, and final consumer. As a conclusion of the report, OceanWatch considers that suppliers and consumers expectations need to be reset, innovators need support and packaging needs to meet national standards so confidence in labelling creates trusted alternatives. Read the report here
OceanWatch worked with Tuna Australia and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) on the professional fishing related chemical light sticks source reduction plan. Trials were undertaken to test two designs of battery-operated light sticks as an alternative option to single use chemical lights. At the conclusion of the trials, both battery-operated light sticks tested presented some significant advantages to the participants, while also highlighting some practical and economic hurdles. Read the report here

ReefClean is funded by the Australian Government's Reef Trust and delivered by Tangaroa Blue Foundation in partnership with Oceanwatch Australia.

Plastic Free July
This month OceanWatch took on the Plastic Free July Challenge to help to combat the scourge of plastics that continue to end up in our crucial marine ecosystems.  Joining the 300 million others worldwide who also stepped up to the challenge. Some of us have made commitments to limit food packaging waste, buying in bulk, switiching to zero waste items, and even making our own products to prevent the use of plastics (which has been a welcomed distraction in lockdown), whilst others committed to clearing marine debris off our beaches. OceanWatch Intern Emily (pictured above) has been busy cleaning her local beaches this Plastic Free July, and this is only a portion of the litter she collected.
Events like Plastic Free July highlight the  opportunity we all have to collectively stop plastics at the source and prevent further degradation of our ecosystems by the harmful effects of plastic waste. With the federal and state governments around Australia now taking a strong stance to reduce single use plastics, now more than ever we can turn the tide on the plastics issue. 

Find out more about Plastic Free July here

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.
Ross Fidden

Ross Fidden is a 5th generation professional fisherman endorsed in the NSW Estuary General  and Ocean Haul Fisheries. Ross has a love for the pristine waters of the Port Stephens region, mainly working in the Myall Lakes. Ross mostly catches Mullet, crabs and Prawns. He is proud to be recognised as an OceanWatch Master Fisherman

Learn more
Allan Tammjarv
Allan Tammjarv is a professional fisherman based at Crescent Head, on the NSW mid north coast. Allan is endorsed in the NSW Estuary General and Ocean Haul fisheries. He supplies beach worms and nippers to bait suppliers in NSW, and fresh local finfish for Australian seafood consumers.

Learn more

Get Involved

Landcare Conference
2021 National Landcare Conference & Awards Virtual Event - Thursday 5 and Friday 6 August
Do something this Landcare Week and get connected to Landcarers across the country with the National Landcare Conference & Awards and be inspired to do something in your community
Landcarers from across the country will gather this Landcare Week to share knowledge, ideas, and plan for the future – as part of the 2021 National Landcare Conference & National Landcare Awards. With over 60 speakers from across the country, this free online conference is an opportunity for all Australians to learn more about landcare and how they can get involved in their local community to care for their local environment. The National Landcare Conference is a timely opportunity for people interested sustainable land management and conservation activities on their farm or land, in an urban environment, along the coast or in their backyard, to come together to share ideas and experiences in an inspiring forum.
Find out more and register here. 

In The News

$59 Million in funding for Marine Bioproducts
Recently the Morrison government announced a $59 million investment to help establish the Marine Bioproducts Cooperative Research Centre (MB-CRC), led by Flinders University. The MB-CRC is a major development initiative aimed at generating valuable and sustainably produced marine-sourced bio-products. The Research Centre includes 68 Australian and international research, industry, and government partners with a shared vision of accelerating growth of the emerging export- focussed marine bioproducts industry. 

Learn more about MB-CRC.
Great Barrier Reef will not be added to UNESCO's 'in danger' list
In June UNESCO released a draft decision to add the Great Barrier Reef to the World Heritage in Danger list, a decision which was strongly opposed by the Morrison Government. As a result of lobbying by the Australian Government, which garnered the support by the majority of nations on the World Heritage Committee, the Great Barrier Reef will not be added to the World Heritage in Danger list. This is the second time the GBR has escaped inclusion on the list.
SIA awarded grant to scale up exports
The Australia Government has awarded Seafood Industry Australia an $888,000 grant to develop and expand markets for Australian seafood exports.
“This plan will focus on expanding into new markets, and markets with high growth potential,” Minister Littleproud said. 
Seafood Industry Australia CEO Veronica Papacosta had this to say "Importantly, this funding will support whole of industry, regardless of sector or location. It will allow us to immediately put boots on the ground to quickly deliver much needed support to the sectors who need it most."
"We’re grateful for the continued support of the government, and look forward to developing new market opportunities to promote our Great Australian Seafood internationally under the umbrella of brand Australia.”

Find out more here.

Grants, Awards and Opportunities 

Drought Resilience Innovation EOI

The Australian Government is inviting Expression of Interest applications via an open competitive process for grants under the Future Drought Fund - Drought Resilience Innovation Expression of Interest (EOI) and Grants Program from 29 July 2021 to 8 September 2021. 

Learn more.

Project Manager Position- Landcare NSW

Position available at Landcare NSW as a Project Manager. This is your opportunity to join Landcare NSW, the state peak body and voice of community Landcare in NSW. In this exciting new role, you will support the team to deliver quality projects and build on our stakeholder relationships as we continue to grow.

Learn more.

World Fisheries Congress

The World Fisheries Congress 2021 will be held in Adelaide from 20-24 September 2021. The Congress will be a hybrid event allowing delegates to participate both in person or online, so the Congress can continue to connect the global fisheries and aquaculture community.

Learn more.

Australian Biosecurity Awards

Nominations are open for the 2021 Australian Biosecurity Awards. These awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have shown a commitment to supporting and promoting Australia’s biosecurity and the systems that uphold it.

Learn more.

Nuffield Scholarship

Applications are now open for the 2022 scholarships. 

The Nuffield Scholarship program awards primary producers with a life-changing scholarship to travel and study an agricultural topic of choice. Scholars are selected annually as people who are committed and passionate about farming or fishing, are at the leading edge of technology uptake and potential future leaders.

Learn more.

Australian Rural Leadership Program

Applications are now open for the Australian Rural Leadership Program. The program provides an opportunity for leadership development using challenge based and experiential learning. Applications close 29th August 2021.

Learn more.

Marine and Coastal Directory

The Marine NRM Coastal Directory is designed to find and connect people working in the marine and coastal environment through a free and easy-to-use platform. Engage new colleagues, extend your network, and help fuel the growth of Australian's blue green innovations. 

Create your account.

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