OceanWatch Australia works with the seafood industry and the community to advance the sustainability of Australia’s seafood.

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OceanWatch Australia Ltd is a national not-for-profit environmental company that works to advance sustainability in the Australian seafood industry.


OceanWatch’s 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.

Since its establishment in 1989, OceanWatch Australia has managed and administered a broad range of successful projects to improve environmental practices, protect threatened marine species, reduce by-catch, introduce sustainable technologies, change behaviours and restore important marine habitats.

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.
In 2013, delivering on an election promise of further developing Australia’s sustainable fishing sector, Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce recognised OceanWatch as the NRM organisation with responsibility for enhancing fish habitats and the marine environment.

OceanWatch Australia Corporate Plan 2015/2020


Meet Our Team


OceanWatch Australia employs a variety of staff in our office with specialty knowledge and training. Currently we have 7 core staff members contributing to a range of environmental programs and community outreach.

L-R Lowri Pryce, Simon Rowe, Elle Leontiev, Andy Myers, Michael Wooden, Brad Warren.

OUR STAFF

Brad Warren
Executive Director
OceanWatch Staff since 2008
OceanWatch Director since 2003

Lowri Pryce
Executive Officer
OceanWatch Staff since 2007

With a background in social and corporate partnerships, environmental management and program design, Lowri has a deep commitment and over 20 year experience in working with industry, community and governments to create positive, sustainable behaviour change.

Simon Rowe
Program Manager Environment
OceanWatch Staff since 2005

Simon has over 16 years experience working with Primary Industry and community in the fields of Landcare and Natural Resource Management. He is a graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2009 and is active in areas including the NSW Fish Habitat Partnership, Great Barrier Reef Wetlands Network, Australian Culvert R&D Initiative and Georges River Combined Councils Committee.

Michael Wooden
Program Manager Wild Catch Fisheries
OceanWatch staff since 2007

Michael has over 19 years experience in the Australian seafood industry. He has over 10 years experience in commercial and recreational fisheries research. Michael joined the OceanWatch SeaNet fisheries extension team in 2007.

Michael is a graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2012.

Andy Myers
Program Manager Aquaculture
OceanWatch staff since 2009

Andy is a graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program. He has a particular interest in water quality, and has a background in marine science and coastal management. Andy works with the aquaculture sector to implement best-practice on farm, and with landholders and land-managers to improve catchment management.

Joelle Patten
Finance and Administration
Joelle joined OceanWatch in 2014. She has a science degree from UNSW and has more than 19 years experience in Financial Accounts and Office Administration, most of it in the NFP sector. She is the office fixer who keeps all the finances, bookkeeping, office admin and IT running smoothly.

Elle Leontiev
Communications Manager.
Elle Joined OceanWatch in 2015 as our Communications Officer she has experience within the environmental and humanitarian NGO sector. She implements communication strategy and digital marketing practices


THE OCEANWATCH BOARD

OceanWatch Australia’s voluntary directors guide the organisation’s strategic direction and oversee governance. Our current directors bring with them a wealth of experience and expertise in areas including:

      • executive management/leadership in the seafood industry

      • natural resource management policy and practice at regional and national scales

      • environmental sciences, especially relating to fisheries and aquaculture

      • communications, media relations and marketing

      • public policy and management of government-industry relations

      • fisheries research, development and extension

      • natural resource economics and social sciences

      • financial management and fundraising

      • Indigenous issues

      • corporate governance


DIRECTORS

Geoff Blackburn (Chairman)

Professional Fisherman

Director since October 2003

Geoff has been a professional fisher since 1977. He is a director of NSW Catcher’s Trust, Coffs Harbour Fisherman’s Co-op and the Professional Fisherman’s Association. Geoff is a graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2004 and is a strong advocate for building a better future for Australian seafood by strengthening partnerships with government, resource managers, business and local communities.

Dr Bruce Standen AM (Deputy Chair)

Sydney Fish Market representative

Director since December 1997

Bruce is an independent Director of Sydney Fish Market, with a long career as an economist and chief executive within Australia’s primary industries.

He was included in the 2016 Australia Day Honours List for his contribution to primary industry.

Martin Palmer

Master Fish Merchants Association of Australia representative

Director since 2009

Martin Palmer has been involved in the seafood industry since 1978.
He started selling seafood in Cooma and the Snowy Mountains area and then after 6 years moved back to Sydney, started wholesaling to top end restaurants ,which is still operating as Martins seafoods. Martin has always had a keen interest in the environment and was an original board member when OceanWatch was formed by Peter Doyle in 1989. Martin has always been passionate about Sydney Rock Oysters and has been a judge at the Royal Agricultural Society for 20 years.

Robert Gauta

NSW Fishermen’s Co-operative’s representative

Director since 2014

Robert is a former professional fisherman who has formal qualifications in business, and is the General Manager of the Commercial Fisherman’s Co-op. He is currently a director of the Federation of NSW Co-operatives.

Brad Warren (Executive Director)

Professional Fisherman

Director since 2003

Brad has over 25 years experience as a professional fisherman and is a current director of NSW Seafood Industry Council. He is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2002 and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brad was awarded the NSW Seafood Industry Star of the Sea Award in 2015 for his service to the NSW seafood industry.

Craig Aspinall

NSW Office of Fair Trading

Director since October 2005

Craig is an aboriginal man from the lower north coast of NSW who has devoted his private and working life to the natural and cultural values associated with the marine environment. He holds a number of university and VET qualifications and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Dundas-Smith AM

Chairman – Australian Seafood CRC

Director since June 2007

Peter has extensive knowledge of the operations and interests of all sectors of the Australian seafood industry. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003. the NSW seafood industry Star of the Sea Award in 2013 and inducted into the Australian Seafood Industry Hall of Fame in 2016 for his service to the seafood industry through innovation and research.

Doug Ferrell

Director, Fisheries Analysis – NSW DPI Fisheries

Director since 2012

Doug grew up and studied marine ecology in the Pacific north west of USA. He has worked in fisheries ecology and assessment for two decades and is currently working in fisheries management for the NSW government.

Veronica Papacosta

Owner – Sydney Fresh Seafood

Director since 2015

Veronica is a third generation seafood retailer operating 6 stores across NSW. She has professional qualifications in economics and marketing and was a graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2015. Veronica is currently serving as Chair of the implementation group for the United Seafood Industry national peak body project.

Claire Webber

Researcher – Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Association

Director since 2016

Claire has professional qualifications in marine resource management and aquaculture and has experience working with science, government and industry. She is a graduate of the National Seafood Industry Leadership Program 2012 and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Claire was recognised as the National Young Achiever at the 2015 Australian Seafood Industry Awards.

Bryan Skepper (Company Secretary)

General Manager – Sydney Fish Market Pty Ltd

OceanWatch Company Secretary since 1989

Bryan has professional qualifications in accounting, human resource management and environmental auditing. He is a director of the Australian seafood CRC and was appointed General Manager of Sydney Fish Market in 2012 and Chair of NSW Seafood Industry Council in 2015.

Bryan was awarded the Rare Fish Award in 2014 for 25 years service as OceanWatch company secretary.


Awards

OceanWatch Australia is a well respected and credible company that delivers effective outcomes and has received national and international recognition for our work, particularly relating to the introduction of sustainable fishing gear and other new technologies.

OceanWatch has won a number of national and international awards and is working to have the seafood industry recognised and integrated into regional natural resource management processes across Australia.

View our awards and successes

View testimonials from community and industry

Our SeaNet extension service achievements are many – see our 10 years of achievements brochure.


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