Brett is a recognised OceanWatch Master Fisherman, successfully completing formal training and assessment.
OceanWatch Master Fisherman program incorporates many aspects of responsible fishing including:
Quality assurance, threatened species management, bycatch reduction devices and techniques, animal welfare, catch documentation, marine pests management, water quality, habitat and pollution, indigenous fishing and workplace health and safety.
Master Fisherman training incorporates industry Codes of Practice. These codes demonstrate commitment in providing the community with sustainable and responsibly caught local seafood.
Brett’s qualifications include:
Maritime and Safety:
Master Mariner Class 5
Safety Management System (AMSA)
Food Safety Training
Senior First Aid
Brett harvests seafood in a responsible and sustainable way. His family has extensive history assisting fisheries research programs that have helped to improve best practice and increase sustainability of the fishery.
Brett works according to the NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery Code of Practice.
The Ocean Trawl Fishery Code of Practice is a commitment to environmental best practice. Industry codes have been aligned with the principles of the international Code of conduct for responsible fishing.
Fisheries Management for sustainability
The fishery is managed for sustainability by the state fisheries department NSW DPI Fisheries using: input controls, output controls, area closures and seasonal closures.
Learn more about Ocean Trawl Fishery legislation
An environmental impact assessment has been completed to help ensure the fishery is managed and operates in a sustainable way.
Guidelines developed for NSW professional fisheries, with an intent to accredit fishing activities in NSW as sustainable under both State and Commonwealth legislation.
Food safety plans guide the handling, storage and transportation of seafood ensuring best practice, exceptional quality and product safety.
FRDC discusses Australia’s Seafood Sustainability
Australian consumers should feel confident about the responsible and sustainable sourcing of Australian Seafood.
Brett is the skipper of the fishing trawler ‘Maxie-B’, endorsed to fish in the Fish Northern Zone sector of the NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery.
Brett is generally at sea for one night at a time, returning fresh seafood to local markets in a responsible and sustainable way. He may work night or day dependent on the season, target species, area fished, depth, tides, currents and weather conditions.
The ‘Maxie-B’ is a demersal otter trawler that tows a single rig trawl net.
Image source: Australian Government – Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Learn more about fish trawling from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Learn more about wild harvest fishing methods in Australia