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National Marine NRM News 

August 2020 
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Living Shorelines
OceanWatch has begun monitoring invertebrates in our living shorelines bags at our pilot monitoring site at Brisbane Water. Made of coconut fibre and filled with old oyster shell these bags help with shoreline protection and habitat creation by restoring shellfish reefs that once formed the backbone of many temperate & subtropical estuaries.
The team have also been out monitoring the progress of our living shorelines sites across the Sydney region, and surveying our new site for shoreline restoration on the Glebe foreshore.

Learn more about the living shorelines program here.

Master Fisherman Seafood Directory
To support NSW OceanWatch Master Fisherman’s seafood sales, an online directory of Master Fishermans retailers has been created. This searchable map will help potential customers find Master Fisherman’s products.  You can find the directory on the Master Fisherman website homepage.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to the directory, please contact Claire Denamur on 0427 883 018 or email 
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. 
More than 130 professional fisherman across NSW have participated in the program. The program is now expanding interstate and will initially focus on 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.
Paul 'Nipper' Aquilina
Paul, better known as Nipper, is a recognised OceanWatch Master Fisherman, endorsed to fish in the NSW Estuary General Fishery and the Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery.
He has been “living his best life” since the day he started fishing. If you see a young man on the Hawkesbury River with a little baby on his trawler in a Sydney Fish Market box, it’s him!
Paul is based out of the Hawkesbury River area, responsibly and sustainably harvesting freshwater eels and a variety of other estuary species for seafood consumers. He is fishing on his trawler the Rosie Jay.
Feel free to give him a call to try his fresh catch.

Learn more.
Danny Green

Danny grew up on the Coffs Coast and was always in and around the water surfing, fishing and snorkelling. In high school he did his work experience on a trap and line boat. After that Danny started his first paid commercial fishing job in 2006.  After working on the Prawn Trawler for a few year he finally moved on to a trap and line boat with Danny Stewart. He was seasick every day for two weeks straight. Danny and his fiance Mel bought their first boat, the Lematt, in 2016 to start their own commercial fishing adventure.
Danny is a recognised OceanWatch Master Fisherman, trained and experienced in responsible and sustainable fishing practices.
Paul's partner Alex and their son Byron on his trawler the Rosie Jay.

Get Involved

Ocean Impact Pitchfest

The Ocean Impact Organisation recently launcghed their Ocean Impact Pitchfest 2020, their inagural campaign calling for applications from startups and businesses helping to create an abundant and sustainable ocean. 
The Ocean Impact Pitchfest 2020 is a completely virtual event celebrating the UN World Oceans Day theme of ‘Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean’ and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and seeks to cultivate the next generation of ‘Ocean Impact’ innovators in Australia and around the world.

The Finalists, Runners Up and Winner of Pitchfest will share in over $160,000 of support from OIO and the Pitchfest Partner Network. The winner will receive a $15,000 cash prize from Pitchfest Presenting Partner Bank Australia. 
Applications opened on Tuesday 25th August 2020 and will close on Monday 5th October 2020

Get involved...

In The News

Seafood industry calls on Ausralians to support origin labelling review

"The Australian seafood industry has called on consumers to support the expansion of the current Country of Origin Labelling (CoOL) laws to include seafood sold in foodservice as the Government begins an evaluation of legislation which came into effect two years ago.
Seventy per cent of the seafood eaten in Australia is imported, the majority of this consumption is in the foodservice sector, and many people don’t realise this. Consumers assume their iconic seafood meals are made using iconic Australia seafood, however we know this is often not the case. We know people want to support our Australian seafood producers, but people cannot buy Australian seafood if they can’t tell where it’s from."-SIA
South Australian scalefish industry to be 'divided' by new quota model as investors circle
Image Source: ABC

"Young operators in South Australia's scalefish industry will be priced out of the game by investors if reforms go ahead as planned, industry representatives warn, with the commercial fishing sector to be "divided" by a quota proposal.
The State Government has released stage two of its $24.5 million Marine Scalefish Fishery (MSF) reform package, announcing its long-waited formula to allocate individual transferable quotas (ITQs) to commercial fishing licences.
Those currently licensed to catch four priority species — King George whiting, snapper, southern garfish and southern calamari — would be entitled to a base quota distributed from 20 per cent of a zone's total allowable commercial catch."- ABC
Run-off from neo-nicotinoid agricultural chemical can affect health of prawns and oysters, research finds
Image Source: ABC

"Scientists at the National Marine Science Centre in Coffs Harbour on the New South Wales North Coast found that imidacloprid — which was approved for use in Australia as an insecticide, fungicide and a parasiticide — could impact the feeding behaviour of prawns.

Centre director Kirsten Benkendorff said of the seafood species they were particularly concerned how the water soluble pesticide would affect prawns."- ABC

Grants, Awards and Opportunities 

Smart Farms Small Grants Round 4

The Australian Government is offering grants valued between $5,000 and $100,000 to support one to two-year projects that will help farming, forestry and fishing groups and communities increase their awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt smart and sustainable agriculture practices.

Apply today! Applications close at 11:00 pm AEDT, 9 October 2020.

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. 

Learn more here.

Get Listed on the Oyster Finder

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 here.  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

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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