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East Coast Whale Entanglement Mitigation Program

As Humpback whale populations in the southern hemisphere recover from past commercial whaling, the potential for interactions between whales and commercial fishing operations is increasing, with most entanglements occurring since 2006. The majority of entanglement incidents involve Humpback whales, a species listed as Vulnerable under the Commonwealth EPBC Act and NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

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SIA Launches ‘Our Pledge’

Seafood Industry Australia officially launched ‘Our Pledge’on the 24th of October. ’Our Pledge’ is the Australian seafood industries’ commitment to the community, and to each other, that they will do the right thing to ensure a vibrant future for the sector, and keep putting the best Australian seafood on the table now and for generations

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NSW Government partners with OceanWatch to drive ‘best practice’ in NSW seafood

OceanWatch is thrilled with the announcement that the NSW Government is investing in the Master Fisherman Program. The program is a joint initiative between industry and government and is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills and professionalism of local fishers. Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair, said “the funding commitment is a win-win for consumers

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Historic NRM moment

At the recent NRM Regions Australia Meeting of the Chairs’ in Darwin, an update of the MOU was signed by Peter Bridgewater, Chair and a co-signer of the National Landcare Network on behalf of NRM Regions Australia. NRM Regions Australia is the representative group of the National NRM Chairs’ Forum and responsible for progressing business

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Fishing and conservation working together

A spike in sea urchin population in the Gippsland’s Corner Inlet has led to a partnership between conservationists and local professional fishers. The Nooramunga Marine and Coastal Park, a Ramsar-listed site, has had a huge unexplained spike in the native purple-spined sea urchins population. This led to volunteers culling more than 57,000 of the creatures

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AMSN Network Conference 2018

The Australian Mangrove and Saltmarsh Network conference (AMSN) bought together professional researchers, managers,officers and environmental consultants, as well as community enthusiasts from around Australia to talk facts about the state of mangrove and saltmarsh tidal wetland habitats around the country. The vast array of ecosystems found in mangrove and saltmarsh communities around Australia face increasing

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