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National Marine NRM News

August 2019
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NSW Oyster Conference, Forster, 2019

August 6-9th saw the NSW Oyster Conference take place in Forster, attracting 310 attendees from around the country.

Some of the key sessions were on environmental performance, and a number of researchers discussed the findings of their studies and explored the interaction between oyster farming and seagrass, nutrient cycles and fish abundance.

The conference also incorporated field trips around Wallis Lake and the Manning River which were thoroughly enjoyed by all, a shed event at Barclay’s Oysters and a conference dinner with renowned oyster lover and oyster judge at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show, Simon Marnie.

The event was supported by OceanWatch Australia through the NSW Landcare Program. This is a partnership between Local Land Services and Landcare NSW Inc. supported by NSW Government.

Congratulations to Sue McIntyre of Broadwater Oysters and our very own Aquaculture Program Manager Andy Myers, who both won an award for ‘Outstanding Service to the NSW Oyster Industry’ at the 2019 NSW Oyster Conference in Forster this month.

"I’ve learnt over time that despite working in natural resource management, environmental projects nearly always focus on people & rely on the relationships that you nurture over time. I have the privilege to work alongside some fantastic farmers, regulators, researchers and support people in an industry that I love". Andy Myers

Master Fisherman Program Participants Recognised at Ocean Harvest Festival

On August 17th The Coffs Co-operative held their very first Ocean Harvest Festival, organised by Another Tasty Event, which attracted between 2500-3000 people throughout the day. The event was opened by the local Federal Member Mr Pat Conaghan and State Member Mr Gurmesh Singh and was also attended by Andrew Ettingshausen. After the event, Mr Singh formally recognised Ocean Harvest Festival in Parliament, acknowledging the important contribution of the local seafood industry to the economy and tourism of the region. We also had the chance to honour the local fishers who had completed the OceanWatch Australia’s Master Fisherman Program in front of their families and the local community, which for us, was the highlight. 

$1400 was received in donations at the gate from the community, which was donated to the Coffs Harbour Marine Rescue by the event organisers and the Co-operative.

The festival was made possible through sponsorship, funding and support provided by Commonwealth Government’s Building Better Regions Funds, the PFA, the Coffs Harbour Fishermen’s Co-operative, and OceanWatch Australia.

OceanWatch Australia and Andrew Ettingshausen present the Master Fisherman Program Participants with their certificates. 

Get Involved & Do Your Bit

Redmap Queensland Branch Seeking Volunteers to Log Sightings

James Cook University scientists are recruiting people to train to log sightings of misplaced sea creatures after receiving new funding.

JCU’s Associate Professor Jan Strugnell runs the Queensland arm of the Range Extension Database and Mapping project (REDMAP).

“What it aims to do is reach as many citizen scientists as possible and engage them in logging their photos of ‘out-of-range’ species through the REDMAP app or online interactive website,” she said.

Dr Strugnell said an example of an ‘out-of-range species’ would be a barramundi sighted south of Bundaberg, or a spine-cheek clownfish sighted south of Cairns.

“We want the data to map which Australian marine species may be moving house in response to changes in the marine environment, such as ocean warming,” she said.

Learn more about Redmap here. 


The Professional Fishermen's Association of NSW have announced Safety at Sea Training. Workshops will be held over the next few weeks in Sydney, Newcastle and Wallis Lake. This has been funded by Yang Ming as part of an agreement with the PFA to improve safety for fishers impacted by the submerged containers off Newcastle. 

BOOK NOW – ONLY 10 SPACES per workshop • Tuncurry Swimming Pool - 31st August 9am – 12pm • Lambton Swimming Pool, Newcastle - 7th September 7am-10am (tbc) • Lambton Swimming Pool, Newcastle - 14th September 12pm-3pm (tbc) A jam-packed workshop full of practical help for offshore fishers; • Ever launched a life raft? • Know how to fire off a live flare? • Is your lifejacket serviced? • Know what to do for a helicopter rescue?  

Contact PFA to secure your place: or (02) 6652 7374

Sustainable Seafood: Techniques for Preserving Workshop at Cornersmith

Cornersmith are keen supporters of using sustainable seafood. Making the right choices at the fish market has never been more important. 

Combining Cornersmith Chef Ava Stangherlin's passion for preserving and sustainability, she will guide you through the the craft of preserving fish and other seasonal seafood, utilising techniques from various culinary cultures. 

In this 90 minute demonstration class Ava will talk you through how to make:


You will learn pickling, oil preserving and salt preserving as well as proper jar sterilization, bottling techniques and storage methods. 

Enjoy taste testers and a beer in class.

Book in here.

In The News

Landlife: Trappings of Success, featuring Master Fisherman, Danny Green.

"Danny Green is one of the few remaining trap fishers still operating out of Coffs Harbour. Costs and regulations have forced thousands of professional fishers out of the game but for Danny the thrill of the catch is a childhood dream come true." ABC

Watch here.

Spiky Success: Turning invasive sea urchin into export profit

"Developing an export market for the roe of the long-spined sea urchin is providing a profitable solution to the problem of the invasive pest while helping to protect the state’s valuable abalone industry." ABC

Watch here.

Grants & Awards

Communities Environment Program

The Australian Government will invest more than $22 million in 2019-20 to deliver a wide range of on-ground projects that conserve, protect and sustainably manage our environment.

Under the Communities Environment Program, each federal electorate can receive up to $150,000 in grant funding for small-scale, community-led projects nominated by the local Member of Parliament in consultation with the community will focus on environmental priorities such as:

  • waste and litter reduction
  • protecting native animals, including our threatened species
  • addressing weeds and pest animals
  • restoring and improving coasts, wetlands, riverbanks and waterways
  • greening parks and urban areas.
Read more and apply here.

Environment Restoration Fund

The Environment Restoration Fund is a program by The Australian Government that
focuses on three things:
  1. Protecting threatened and migratory species and their habitat.
  2. Protecting Australia’s coasts, oceans and waterways by addressing erosion, improving water quality and protecting coastal threatened and migratory species.
  3. The clean-up, recovery and recycling of waste.
On-ground projects that aim to protect and restore Australia’s environment will be eligible to receive support under the Fund, including grants for one-off activities and multi-year programs worth several million dollars. Projects will be delivered by community groups, Indigenous organisations, conservation organisations, natural resource management bodies and others.

Read more here.

Australia Post Community Grants 2019

Not-for-profit community organisations are invited to apply for a 2019 Australia Post Community Grant, with funding of up to $10,000 available to each recipient.

The initiative aims to support projects and services that address locally identified needs that strengthen social connections and reduce barriers to participating in community life.

Eligible community organisations can apply for an Australia Post Community Grant for up to $10,000 via Applications close on Sunday 4 August and all applicants will be notified of the outcome in October 2019.


NSW OEH Coastal & Estuary Grants Program

These grants support local government in managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion, restoring degraded coastal habitats or improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests.

Click here for more information.

2020 Science and Innovation Awards

Applications are now open for the Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, a competitive annual grants program recognising and supporting young Australians aged 18-35 by funding projects that will benefit Australia's primary industries.

Applications close 5pm AEST Friday 4 October 2019.
Click here for more information.


The Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS), Braysher Management Fund.

This grant will provide up to $10,000 over two years to organisations involved in wildlife management. The program aims to support studies that address wildlife management issues with a focus on community involvement.

Applications close August 31th.
Learn more here.

 The Sunrise Project Small Grants
Grants of up to $5000. Open application process. Their focus is on reducing the impact of coal and gas industries on ecosystems.

Learn more here.

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