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OceanWatch Master Fisherman


The OceanWatch Master Fisherman program is formal training and assessment for professional fishers, helping to demonstrate commitment to responsible and sustainable fishing practices.

Recognised OceanWatch Master Fishermen are continuing to raise the standard of responsible fishing in Australia.

OceanWatch Master Fishermen are committed in ensuring their individual fishing practices go above and beyond the requirements prescribed by state, national and international regulations.

The OceanWatch Master Fisherman program was developed as a direct response to identified New South Wales fishing industry priorities of improving people development skills and improving industry’s profile amongst the community.

The project is overseen by NSW Fishing Industry Training Committee, and supported by groups including the Master Fish Merchants Association of Australia, Professional Fisherman’s Association, NSW DPI Fisheries, NSW Co-operative’s Association and the Sydney Fish Market.

What is the OceanWatch Master Fisherman program about?

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

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