SeaNet | Oceanwatch Australia


SeaNet focused on providing an environmental extension service to the Australian seafood industry, through a unique network of fisheries conservation experts known as SeaNet officers.

SeaNet was an initiative of OceanWatch Australia first established in 1999. The program offered information and advice on how to improve fishing gear, techniques, technology and also provides practical assistance to preserve Australia’s sustainable seafood industry. SeaNet officers identified issues which directly relate to commercial and recreational fishing, and helped to develop solutions which benefited and strengthened the industry. This was done by working with members of the Australian seafood industry, Government bodies, natural resource managers, researchers, businesses and local communities.
Please note the SeaNet program finished in 2013.
The SeaNet Program had many great achievements over its duration including:
  • major reductions in accidental capture and by-catch of marine turtles, seals and sea lions, sea snakes, sea birds, dugong, whales, dolphins and sharks, whilst assisting industry to remain internationally competitive
  • The development and adoption of fishery specific Environmental Management Systems, Codes of Practice and Codes of Conduct in many fisheries around Australia.
  • Industry member participation in hands-on workshops and sea trials of new measures and gear as well as cooperatively producing best practice technical guides and handbooks
  • Working in partnership with researchers, government agencies and industry associations – implementing new policies, regulations, guidelines, improved practices and new technologies
  • Major beach and coastal clean-ups with the collaboration of industry members
  • Good working relationships with fishers, industry councils, associations and cooperatives as well as environmental and community groups around Australia
  • Winning national and international awards for ground-breaking work.
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