Background Information

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.

What is the OceanWatch Master Fisherman program about?

The Master Fisherman program is designed to:

  • Improve and recognise the knowledge, skills, experience and professionalism of participating fishermen
  • Promote the sustainability of our fresh, local seafood
  • Provide information to consumers to help them value locally produced seafood

See ‘Master Fishermen Profiles’ page for more information.

The OceanWatch Master Fisherman program (pilot stage) was supported by funding from OceanWatch Australia and the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation on behalf of the Australian Government.

Continued development of the OceanWatch Master Fisherman program is funded through support from the Australian Government.

Training programs through the Improving Environmental Stewardship in the South Coast Professional Fishing Industry project, is part of the $25 million of National Landcare Programme investment that Local Land Services is delivering to boost farm gate productivity and improve environmental health across NSW.

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