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‘Tide to Table’ was adopted to reinforce the message that actions on land affect our waterways and our estuaries, which in turn affects the quality and kind of seafood that is presented on our dinner table.

The program was established in 2004, and integrated the seafood sectors needs into local Natural Resource Management and vise versa, actioning $8M towards on-ground works.

The Tide to Table program worked towards addressing specific issues such as pest fish translocation; remote area and flood recovery marine debris clean up, environmental behaviour change and addressing national scale obstacles to fish passage with regards to road crossing culverts.

All marine life needs healthy waterways and aquatic habitats to breed, feed, shelter and thrive.

The program’s success was due to its ability to involve local farmers and seafood producers, businesses, communities and government Agencies in a common cause – to rehabilitate a river system or estuary and improve its water quality, fish and seafood habitat and rebuild the health of the immediate environment.

Running for 9 years, a total of 17 successful Tide to Table programs occurred in New South Wales and Queensland. The program received from competitive grant processes support from the Australian and State governments to the tune of $3.2M leveraging in kind contributions of $4.8M.

The legacy left following the program can be seen in a variety of topics being taken further by local groups.

In addition, ‘Tide to Table’ project sites continue to be the focus of other successful grant applications and stewardship actions. Learn more about the Tide to Table Program achievements.

To find out how you can get involved please email: simon@oceanwatch.org.au

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