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Dusky Flathead

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Learn more about Dusky Flathead:

NSW DPI Fisheries, Fishfiles, Sydney Fish Market, Australian Museum, FishBase.

Recipes from Sydney Fish Market

Flathead Fillets with Roasted Baby Beetroots & Walnuts

Flathead Pitas with Tzatziki & Cherry Tomato Salad

Flathead Fillets in Beer Batter

More recipes from Sydney Fish Market

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Giant Mud Crab

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Learn more: NSW DPI Fisheries, Fishfiles, Sydney Fish Market, Australian Museum.

Crab & Preserved Lemon Risotto

Crab & Green Mango Salad

More recipes from Sydney Fish Market



Brett Bollinger

OceanWatch Master Fisherman program

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.

Training is facilitated by OceanWatch Australia, assessment is overseen by the NSW Fishing Industry Training Committee and is linked to the Seafood Industry Training Package Competency Unit.

Brett’s qualifications include:

Maritime and Safety:
  • Master Mariner Class 5
  • Safety Management System (AMSA)
Food Safety Training
Other competencies
  • Senior First Aid



Brett Bollinger

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.

Ocean Trawl Fishery Code of Practice

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

Environmental Impact Statements

An environmental impact assessment has been completed to help ensure the fishery is managed and operates in a sustainable way.
Ocean Trawl Fishery Environmental Impact Statement

Fisheries Management Strategies

Guidelines developed for NSW professional fisheries, with an intent to accredit fishing activities in NSW as sustainable under both State and Commonwealth legislation.
Ocean Trawl Fishery Fisheries Management Strategy

Food Safety Plans

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.

Click here to read more about seafood sustainability – Sydney Fish Market.

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Fishing Methods

Brett Bollinger

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.

NSW Ocean Trawl Fishery

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


Meet Brett

Brett Bollinger

Brett is from the Newcastle area, he harvests seafood from waters north of Barrenjoey Headland in the NSW ocean fish trawl fishery to supply consumers of Australian seafood.
Brett is a generational fisherman who skippers the big red trawler ‘Maxie B’. He is proud to be a professional fisherman, harvesting seafood in a responsible and sustainable way.
Brett and his family have a proud history of supporting fisheries research programs that aim to improve best practice in fishing.

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NSW Fishery Bio-regions map