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Living Shorelines program launched
The OceanWatch Australia Living Shorelines Program was officially launched this month on the banks of the Lane Cove River .

Ecologists,engineers,bureaucrats,organisations and farmers all played a vital role in delivering the program which utilises eco-engineering techniques to encourage marine habitat creation and coastal stabilisation. 

Click on the link above to view our short film outlining the project details and benefits in-depth.

ABC 702 Sydney has also featured our story click on read more below to be re-directed.
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OWA Foodbytes Demo
Next week OceanWatch will be presenting at the Rabobank Foodbytes conference.

The goal of feeding the ever increasing population, addressing changing needs and preferences of the people as well as pushing the necessity to use resources in a sustainable manner, presents many challenges, such as environmental pressure, but it also provides many opportunities.

We will be presenting two concepts our Master fisherman program and the second will be our Living shorelines habitat in a bag approach to marine habitat restoration.

Check out Foodbytes on the link below!
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Wapengo tour of oyster farms

Sitting on the crystal clear waters of Wapengo Lake lies a thriving oyster industry producing some 1.3 million oysters a year. In mid-October local oyster farmers opened their doors, hosting a south coast estuary and oyster farm tour. 

Local farmers welcomed 60 different people, representing 7 of the 8 major oyster producing estuaries on the south coast, local landholders, Landcare NSW, industry organisations, researchers, NGO’s and government agencies (incl. Fisheries, Maritime, local Council, NRM’s and NSW Forestry Corporation). 

This engaging event created a space where other oyster farmers could discuss best practice techniques with others in the industry and also network with key community stakeholders to build a mutual understanding of their needs as lease holders.

There was fantastic feedback about the event, which culminated with a beer, bivalve and BBQ lunch. 
The project was organised by Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters, with support from Wapengo Lake Oyster Farmers, OceanWatch Australia, Bega Valley Shire Council, Landcare NSW and Local Land Services. 

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Budding leaders urge united voice for seafood industry
National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2016 participant Paul Jordan believes that commercial fishers, by nature, tend not to seek the limelight.

But the enthusiastic professional lobster fisher from King Island firmly believes it’s time to step up and talk about the current proposal for a national peak body for Australia’s seafood industry.
Known as Seafood Industry Australia (SIA), this peak body would have three core functions: to be a voice for the industry; to work as a marketing and communications hub; and to remove obstacles to industry growth.  

“What would a national peak body mean to individuals in the industry?” Paul asked.
“I reckon that with so many issues facing the seafood industry, the great benefit initially would be having national level industry representation to all industry sectors – fishers, processors, buyers, retailers, marketers, scientists and managers and ultimately the consumer. 
“When I first started hearing of SIA, it led to me thinking what would or could it do for me? Is it necessary?  Is it possible?

“I mean, it's often hard enough to get the individuals of one sector, like the wild-catch sector, to get on and agree with each other.

“But then I thought a bit more and came to the conclusion that industry would have more weight in tackling big issues, like AMSA’s proposed cost recovery system, building social licence and community support and educating the public, if we had a single voice with a consistent message.
“Tackling agenda-driven lobby groups and countering the spread of misinformation and scaremongering to the average Joe Blow could be more effectively countered by a national peak body.

“As individuals or smaller sector groups, the seafood industry often lacks the resources and political clout to fight these issues.

“More often than not our industry issues are a result of the divide and conquer mentality of the agenda-driven groups I mentioned earlier.

“But I firmly believe that if we (the broader seafood supply chain) put aside our individual ‘us-and-them’ mentality and show more unity, we would be much better off.
“Most commercial fishers also fish recreationally; most recreational fishers have purchased seafood – either fish and chips, at supermarkets or fishmongers, when they treat themselves at a restaurant or when they need bait.

“From fishers, to scientists and researchers, processors, wholesalers, retailers, even fisheries managers: we all go hand in hand.
“We all want secure, sustainable jobs and secure and sustainable fisheries for our own futures and for the generations to come.

 “We can’t afford to sit on our hands hoping we don't end up in some anti-industry group’s cross hairs. So let’s unite our voice with a national peak body. United voices are surely louder and heard further than one.”
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Seafood directions conference 27-29 September 2017

Providing a platform for discussion and development of outside-the-box concepts, Seafood Directions 2017 is about inspiring, educating and achieving beyond the two-day conference.

Held at Sydney’s new International Convention Centre, Australia’s “beacon of innovation, learning and entertainment,” the venue perfectly complements the launch of thought-provoking conferencing.

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