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National Marine NRM News 

June 2020 
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NSW Oyster Finder Launched
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 on the NSW Oysters website homepage. 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 here now 

Don't want to pin your shed? We understand that not everyone will want to tag the location of their farm, but may still want their contact details listed. In such cases we suggest tagging your main farming estuary as an alternative to 'pinning' your shed.  You can also attach up to 5 photos to go with your listing.

Check out the directory here 

The OceanWatch Master Fisherman program is a formal training and assessment for professional fishers, helping to demonstrate commitment to responsible fishing practices. Oceanwatch have now trained 130 professional fisherman across NSW as Master Fisherman and are now expanding the program interstate, starting with 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.
Margaret Park

Margaret Park is a professional fisher endorsed in the NSW Estuary Fishery, she is based at South West Rocks on the NSW mid-north coast. Since 2006, Margaret catches beach worms from ocean beaches to supply local bait for Australia’s east coast recreational fishers. 
Margaret has extensive experience working in the Ocean Hauling Fishery in NSW and Queensland, where she participated in important research projects that helped to improve best practice in the fishery. Margaret is a key organiser of the Loaves and Fishes Barbeque, held at South West Rocks and supported by OceanWatch Australia. 

Learn more.
Kane Ward

Kane Ward is a professional fisherman based in Coffs Harbour on the NSW mid-north coast. He is a 4th generation fisherman, his father began taking him to sea fishing when he was only 2 years old and by the age of 16 Kane started to work as a deckhand on his Dad’s boat. In 2013, he got his skipper ticket, and since then he has been driving the family trawler.
Kane and his Dad target high quality seafood, most of which is exported.
Kane is proud to be recognised as an OceanWatch Master Fisherman, providing consumers with access to local, sustainable and responsibly caught seafood.

Learn more

Get Involved

Landcare Week: August 3-9
The annual Landcare Week campaign celebrates and acknowledges the thousands of Landcare networks and groups, facilitators, and other environmental care community groups and volunteers across Australia working on conservation and sustainable land management activities in their local area. Connecting with nature improves your mental health and connection to place. With Australians having experienced drought, bushfires, and a global pandemic, people need social connections and to get outdoors.

Get involved...

In The News

Georges River oyster farm at centre of global research and disease resistance under threat
Image Source: ABC

"The future of disease-resistant breeding programs crucial to the $60 million oyster industry in New South Wales is in doubt and research projects of global significance are threatened because of landfill contamination in the Georges River, south of Sydney."- ABC 
‘Celebration of an icon’: $4 million helping hand announced as fishers reel from COVID impact
"Saturday, June 20 marks an exciting day for the Australian seafood industry with the announcement of $4 million in Federal funding to Seafood Industry Australia (SIA) for use towards a national marketing campaign to promote Australian seafood to the nation, and support the industry’s recovery post COVID-19.

“Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, Assistant Minister for Fisheries Senator Jonno Duniam and Queensland Liberal Senator Paul Scarr have announced $4 million in funding toward a national marketing campaign to promote Australian seafood to the nation,” SIA Interim CEO Veronica Papacosta said.

“This campaign will support the industry’s recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic."- SIA
Tasmanian lobster, abalone exports at risk as latest COVID-19 outbreak closes Beijing markets
Image Source: ABC

"Lobster and abalone fishers in Tasmania are nervous that a new coronavirus outbreak in Beijing could crash their key market again.
The Seafood Trade Advisory Group, a coalition of fresh seafood exporters and researchers in Australia, confirmed the local government had closed wholesale markets, which process imported and local seafood, meats and horticultural products, and were frequented by thousands of people a day."- ABC


Grants, Awards and Opportunities 

Community Litter Grants

The aim of the Community Litter Grant program is to help deliver the NSW Government target to reduce litter by 40% by 2020. All funded projects must include direct community leadership and participation in the development of litter prevention activities.

Learn more here.

Supply Chain Support Grants

This funding stream supports the short-term recovery and resilience of the forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries in NSW impacted by the bushfires from 31 August 2019. Funding is available for projects to help producers and businesses rebuild and recover in the immediate to short term, underpinning job security and enabling future production.

Learn more here.

Sector Development Grants

This funding stream supports the medium to long-term recovery and resilience of forestry, horticulture and agriculture industries in NSW impacted by the bushfires from 31 August 2019. Funding is available for projects focussing on job creation and that increase value-add production, support supply-chain efficiencies, product diversification and market expansion.

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. The next course starts on the 13th July 2020.

Learn more here.

2021 National Landcare Conference Call for Abstracts

Sustainable agriculture, environment and climate change, community partnerships in action and Landcare Impact. These are the four important conference themes that will lead discussion, share learnings and inspire people to take Landcare action in their community. If you know an individual, group or organisation who should present at the 2021 National Landcare Conference, please encourage them to submit an abstract. For more information please visit the conference website

Learn more here.

Nominations for the Bob Hawke Landcare Award

Nominations are now open for the Bob Hawke Landcare Award and will close on August 31. Following is information that you can use for your newsletter, website or social media channels or email your networks. You will find attached social media graphics for Facebook and Instagram please let me know if you require another type of graphic.  

Learn more here.

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