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NATIONAL MARINE NRM NEWS
The year that was...
It's that time of the year again it has been an extraordinary year at OceanWatch Australia and we would like to express our gratitude for your support throughout the year.

We have achieved positive results within our community and environmental work and could not have achieved this without the support and willingness from community and primary industry stakeholders.
 
 
2016 INFOGRAPHIC
View a brief snapshot of what we have achieved this year! 
Many thanks to all the stakeholders involved with helping us achieve these targets.
 
 
Master Fishermen take the next step
Seafood supply chain transparency is one step closer this week with our Master Fishermen program taking the next step in providing retailer and the public information about sustainably sourced seafood.

The above QR codes are designed to feature through the seafood supply chain on logistics containers and in retail spaces to help the community understand local fishing practices their position and sustainability within the community.

Scan the QR code above to find out more!
 
 
Prawns arrive in record time 
The Spencer Gulf Prawn Fishing fleet has returned from their December fish in record time, ensuring there will be plenty of fresh SA prawns on tables for Christmas.

Their pre-Christmas run follows the stock assessment in November, which helps fishermen survey the prawn stocks and develop harvest strategies for the season ahead.
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Citizen science takes centre stage

On 21 November 2016, Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon Greg Hunt announced the opening of the Citizen Science Grants element of the Inspiring Australia – Science Engagement Programme.

The Australian Government is providing funding of $4 million over the next four years to promote collaboration between Australia’s best scientists and the public as part of the government’s $48 million initiative to inspire STEM literacy and engagement in all Australians under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Citizen Science Grants will boost public participation in science by involving people directly in the research process.  As well as giving researchers many helping hands, it helps people learn more about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and use their knowledge and skills to progress our understanding of the world around us.

Recent increasing participation in citizen science has demonstrated Australia’s passion for science, and the Government is dedicated to supporting this.

 
 
 
 
#loveouraussieland
Landcare Australia is encouraging Australians to #loveouraussieland. In 2017 Landcare is asking the general public to take the pledge to give back to our beautiful and unique environment - find our how you can get involved .. more
 
 
 
 
Can Chirstmas be sustainable?
Christmas is a time for family,holidays, presents and a little bit of excess of everything but it's also a time where you as the consumer can do your bit to make a little less impact on our local environment.

Beautifully wrapped presents can quickly turn into a depressing mountain of ripped paper. Fake plastic trees eventually get tossed and once they’re in landfill, take hundreds of years to degrade. So how can you do your bit to take a little pressure off Mother Earth?

Check out some Christmas tips below. 
 
 
                                  
                 
                                  Xmas recycling tips        To tree of not to tree?  
                                          and DIY                     that is the question 
                                                                        or recycle your tree here
 
 
 
 
Managing bio-fueling in Australia

All vessels pose some risk to Australia’s marine biosecurity.

Marine growth that occurs on the submerged portions of vessels, known as biofouling, is a pathway for the introduction of new pests and diseases into Australian waters.

To manage this risk, the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is working closely with Australian and international commercial and recreational vessel industries on a number of initiatives.... more

 
 
 
 
Support healthy waterways!
Time is running out to support our revolutionary Go2zone initiative (previously Water on Tap). Our vision is to have Go2zone vending machines in all public spaces across SEQ, providing the community with access to free chilled water and reusable water bottles. Go2zone aims to empower you to choose to reuse and help reduce plastic waste. Please help make this a reality by donating now and share with your friends!... more
 
 
 
 
Seafood directions 2017

Providing a platform for discussion and development of outside-the-box concepts, SeafoodDirections 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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STATE NEWS
QLD
Farmers scared for industry if UNESCO declares the Great Barrier Reed in danger

White Spot disease spreads in South East Queesnland
 
NSW
NSW fishing reforms deadline pushed forward


Rec fishers urged to do the right thing by oyster lease holders
 
 
TAS
Increase in bacteria on Tassal farms

Hyperbaric chamber installed in Hobart for commercial and recreational marine incidents
 
WA
Ocean grown Abalone heads to ASX

Fisheries crack down on crayfish thefts
 
 
 
SA
Govt joins efforts to boost oyster production

Oyster baskets that improve farming efficiency help Australian company pentrate international markets
 
NT
Indigenous rangers undertake fisheries compliance training

Residents concerned over prawn farm effluent
 
 
 
VIC
Algae bloom halts fishing season

Illegal Barramundi anglers put on notice
 
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