Saltwater Community Survey – and a chance to win!
OceanWatch Australia invites you to contribute your thoughts and opinions to our 2014-15 Saltwater Community Survey.
This survey is open to groups and individuals around Australia to help us better understand:
- How you value our marine environment
- What threats you believe our marine environment face
- Which of these threats you are most concerned about.
In 2014 OceanWatch was recognised by the Australian Government as a Natural Resource Management organisation with responsibilities to enhance fish habitat and improve water quality in estuaries and coastal marine environments.
Australia’s saltwater environments are important to the lives of all of us – it’s important you have your say!
Click this link to start the survey:Â www.surveymonkey.com/s/oceanwatchsurvey
The survey should only take 5-7 minutes to complete.
If you subscribe to our Marine NRM Newsletter in December 2014 or January 2015, you could be one of 10 lucky winners who will receive a copy of the Sydney Seafood School Cookbook by Roberta Muir!
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.
- SeaNet: OceanWatch seafood industry newsletterÂ (February 2015)
- OceanWatch Marine NRM News #6 (January 2015) New year, brand new Marine NRM News!
- OceanWatch Marine NRM News #5 Christmas edition
- OceanWatch Marine NRM News #4 (November 2014)
- NSW Seafood Industry Council
- OceanWatch Australia’s Strategic Plan (2011-2014)