INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 8 MARCH 2017
BE BOLD FOR CHANGE
Shark Bay Prawn Trawler Operators’ Association (SBPTOA)
How and when did you begin working in the seafood industry?
In 2001, I started working for the WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) in their Resource Access area after completing an aquatic science degree at Curtin University. In this role I worked with fishermen on their access to marine parks, sustainability and bycatch issues and resolving access issues with other user groups. However, I grew up in a commercial fishing family in Dongara, a small fishing town north of Perth, so being a part of the industry has always been second nature to me. I have been Executive Officer of the Shark Bay Prawn Trawler Operators’ Association (SBPTOA), which represents the Shark Bay Prawn Fishery since February 2016.
What is your biggest reward working in the seafood industry?
There are too many to list them all, but here are three:
- The strong character of the people who work in the industry, their innovation and capacity to work within so many constraints.
- Getting to go to sea in various fisheries across WA. There are always so many new things to see and learn.
- Eating and sharing Western Australian seafood with friends knowing how it was caught, who caught it and feeling immensely proud of what we are collectively achieving.
Would you encourage women to follow a career in the seafood industry? Why?
Yes. I’ve found being female has never presented any barriers but it helps to have a genuine passion for the industry. While challenging, I’ve always found it exciting, colourful and forever changing and so much more than just a job.
Favourite memorable moment?
I recently spent two nights on a Shark Bay Prawn Fishery vessel west of Dirk Hartog Island and didn’t think I’d be able to handle it. Instead, I loved every minute of it