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This month our program manager Andy Myers caught up with oyster farmers in the Tuross and Wagonga region tracking progress for the EMS (Environmental management system) program currently underway in the local area.

Since the EMS (environmental management system) was introduced local oyster farmers have used their expertise to progressively implement their own local industry strategy (EMS).

Through this they have partnered with local landholders to undertake on-ground work such as tree-planting, fencing off cattle from creeks, and advising council and NRM groups on environmental initiatives and priorities.

The oyster EMS program has been ongoing in the Tuross ,Wagonga, Shoal Haven  area for 4 years and in the Clyde river for over 9 years with long-term adoption of the program driving its progress.

The combined efforts of the oyster farmers has seen 800 tonnes of old infrastructure removed from both waterways. Significant modifications have been made to lease areas to minimise the shading of sea grass, which has had a positive effect on marine habitat health.
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Austral Fisheries go carbon neutral

Austral Fisheries has been certified as the first carbon neutral seafood business in the world.

Austral Fisheries catch toothfish and ice fish in Australia's sub-Antarctic waters and prawns in northern Australian waters. After an independent audit, the company purchased carbon credits in the form of 190,000 native trees to offset the estimated 27,422 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions it will produce this year.

This announcement is landmark for the industry and shows the long term commitment to the sustainability of the ocean.

Click on the play button above to find out about Austral Fisheries carbon neutral fish initiative.

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Scientists alarmed by coral bleaching
An extreme coral bleaching event began taking place several weeks ago just near Lizard island of Australia’s northeast coast.

Deeply concerning images have emerged of devastating coral bleaching unfolding across parts of the Great Barrier Reef, The GBR marine park authority overseeing the environmental icon has raised its response to its highest level (3).

A level-three response level means stepping up surveys in response to the coral mortality to help better understand the effects of various pressures on the reef and help guide management actions.

The severe bleaching event has again prompted concern about the damage climate change is doing to the world heritage protected reef, one of Australia's most important tourist sites, with scientists and green groups calling for Australia to lift its game in tackling global warming.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt, has announced new funding for ongoing reef surveys in response to the situation and it will allow researchers from the University of Queensland's Global Change Institute to track the changes of coral at 40 sites across the Reef, which were first surveyed in 2012.
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 Waterways champion

This month in Waterways champion we recognise the significant contribution made by Bryan Denny to Indigenous fishing in Australia.

'I walked out of school at 15 years of age, threw the books in the nearest rubbish bin and went fishing.

As an Indigenous professional fisher I have always felt a connection to sea country. If you look after the resource , it will look after you. Over the past 30 years I have been involved in professional fisheries in Tas and the Gulf of Carpentaria, (rock lobster, abalone, shark, periwinkles and sea urchin.), as well as all the aquaculture industries in Tas.

I am now one of the largest periwinkle producers , with my wife Robyn, trading as ocean blue diving. We have built up a fleet of vessels ranging from 15 & 16 ft aluminium dinghies, 60 ft steel abalone mothership and a recently purchased 26 ft Sharkcat.'

'Some of my personal achievements include National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2009, Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council director, President Tasmanian commercial dive association, 2007/2015, and Fisheries Research and Development Corporation INDIGENOUS REFERENCE GROUP member 2013 to present.'
Lobbying to stop ghost nets
Prawn fishermen operating off Queensland's north coast have been voluntarily removing abandoned fishing nets from their fishery when they appear as part of a partnership with World Animal Protection (WAP).
Conservationists and northern prawn fishermen have come together to work towards a dedicated body appointed to cleaning up destructive 'ghost nets' in the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Members of the Northern Prawn Fishery Industry (NPF) collected three large nets during the Gulf's 2015 banana and tiger prawn season. Among the nets found so far were monofilament gill nets, roughly about 30 metres with a drop of 10 metres, and they were all brought in to the port of Karumba. The Northern prawn fishers have concluded that whilst their actions have been positive they are not equipped to tackle the large scale problem and need support from government bodies.

Advocates for the removal of the nets want the Government to dedicate one central agency responsible for surveilling for ghost nets, particularly in the Gulf of Carpentaria, and then responding to reports of abandoned nets at sea and being responsible for recovering them.


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