SEAFOOD INDUSTRY PROGRAMS
OceanWatch Master Fisherman
The OceanWatch Master Fisherman program is formal training and assessment for professional fishers. Recognised OceanWatch Master Fishermen are continuing to raise the standard of responsible fishing in Australia. OceanWatch Master Fishermen are committed to responsible and sustainable individual fishing practices, going above and beyond the requirements prescribed by state, national and international regulations.
East Coast Whale Entanglement Mitigation Program
The East Coast Whale Entanglement Mitigation Program has been initiated in NSW to respond to the issue of entanglement with NSW set fishing gear. OceanWatch partnered with the Professional Fishermen’s Association (PFA) to host a workshop as the first stage of the East Coast Whale Entanglement Mitigation Program.
The workshop objectives identified a range of fishing gears and techniques suitable for the mitigation of whale entanglements to be tested by commercial fishers, and considered modification of existing NSW OTL Fishery Codes of Practice to include specific practices to mitigate whale entanglement.
Tide to Tip
‘Tide to Tip’, held on the week of the 17th of February 2020, is a series of Australian oyster industry led clean-up events through which farmers can lead and participate in clean-ups within and surrounding Australian waterways.
Whilst many oyster farmers already participate in estuary clean-ups throughout the year, ‘Tide to Tip’ provides an opportunity to scale up the effort by combining industry effort across NSW and Interstate to collectively improve our nations waterways.
Oyster Environmental Management Systems
The EMS (Environmental Management System) process, is a program in which oyster farmers undertake a risk assessment to identify hazards affecting both the water quality and the growth of their oyster farm produce.
OceanWatch was responsible for securing and funding these EMS programs, helping farmers develop action plans to address high-risk activities impacting on sustainability.
Learn more about the Oyster EMS program.
Learn more about our community programs.