SEAFOOD INDUSTRY PROGRAMS
OceanWatch Master Fisherman
OceanWatch developed the OceanWatch Master Fisherman program as a direct response to identified NSW fishing industry priorities of people development and improvement of industry’s profile amongst the community.
The project is overseen by NSW Fishing Industry Training Committee, and is supported by groups such as the Master Fish Merchants Association of Australia, Professional Fisherman’s Association, NSW DPI Fisheries, NSW Co-ops Association and the Sydney Fish Market.
The OceanWatch Master Fisherman program is designed to:
Improve and recognise the knowledge, skills, experience and professionalism of participating fishermen for better community and environmental outcomes
Promote the sustainability of our fresh, local seafood
Provide information to consumers to help them value locally produced seafood
Oyster Environmental Management Systems
The EMS (Environmental Management System) process, is a program in which oyster farmers undertake a risk assessment which identifies hazards that can affect both the water quality and the growth of their oyster farm produce.
OceanWatch was responsible for securing and funding these EMS projects, helping farmers to develop and implement action plans to address high-risk activities which may be impacting on sustainability.
Some of the steps taken by farmers involved with EMS include:
- Upgrading old oyster growing infrastructure and equipment to more environmentally friendly technologies and recycling or disposing of old toxic treated and tarred materials that affected water quality.
- Decreasing boat speeds around farm areas, preventing excess wash from causing erosion on embankments
- Fenced off bank areas preventing livestock from reaching the edge causing erosion and polluting waterways
- Minimising occurrence of raw sewage pollution in order to maintain/improve water quality.
- Managing unsealed roads in the catchment to reduce run-off and sedimentation of the waterways.