OceanWatch 25 year Anniversary â€“ Connecting the Tide to the Table
Salt water is important to all of us, whether we realise it or not. An Aboriginal friend from the NT told me a story that had been passed on to him by one of his mentors, a man from saltwater country. He said, â€śWe are all made of salt water â€“ our blood, our sweat, our tears. Itâ€™s a part of us…We need to look after it.â€ť
The creation of OceanWatch arose out of the need to address issues of contamination in fish around Sydneyâ€™s old cliff face sewage outfalls.
At the time renowned seafood restaurateur, Peter Doyle recognised the need for the seafood industry to become more closely involved in environmental management issues and convinced the then Fish Marketing Authority, professional fishermen and the Master Fish Merchants Association to establish and fund a body to promote the industryâ€™s needs for good environmental management.
OceanWatchâ€™s vision is for a healthy productive marine environment, used responsibly and sustainably. As an organisation we see great value in people being able to access sustainable local seafood from a healthy marine environment, and all the economic, social and health benefits that brings.
We are an organisation that has done a lot with very little, using the expertise, experience, networks and influence of directors and staff to put together a unique body of work.
OceanWatch will continue to work to look after our salt water â€“ for the benefit of our seafood community and those that value our marine environment.
Our vision:Â Australia’s marine ecosystems are healthy, productive, valued; and used in a responsible way
OceanWatch Australia Ltd is a national not-for-profit environmental company that works to advance sustainability in the Australian seafood industry.Â OceanWatch key activities involve:
- enhancing fish habitats and improving water quality in estuaries and coastal environments;
- working with industry and local communities to minimise environmental impacts;
- introducing industry and communities to sustainable technologies and behaviours.
To achieve these positive outcomes, OceanWatch Australia works in partnership with the Australian seafood industry, federal and state governments, natural resource managers, private enterprise and local communities.
OceanWatch Australia has three funding sources; a voluntary contribution from the seafood industry, federal and state government grants and through fundraising activities.
- OceanWatch Marine NRM News #4 (November 2014)
- OceanWatch Marine NRM News #3 (October 2014)
- OceanWatch Marine NRM News #2 (September 2014)
- OceanWatch Marine NRM News #1 (August 2014)
- Victorian Southern Rock Lobster Code of Practice (2013)
- Victorian Bays and Inlets Fisheries Association Environmental Management System (2013)
- Moreton Bay Mangrove Watch Newsletter (February 2013)
- Moreton Bay Seagrass Watch Newsletter (February 2013)
- Live Mud Crab grading guidelines are now available
- December 2012: Oyster Industry Newsletter Vol. 8
- Strategic Plan Report 2012
- NSW Seafood Industry Council
- OceanWatch Australia’s Strategic Plan (2011-2014)