INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
‘BE BOLD FOR CHANGE’
Jacqui is currently working with the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) as a Resource Access Officer after completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Coastal and Marine Science.
Photo courtesy of WAFIC.
WINSC: When and how did you get involved in the seafood industry?
JACQUI: Very recently. I completed my Bachelor of Science (Coastal and Marine Science) in early 2015 and have been working with WAFIC ever since! My first role was with the Industry Consultation Unit assisting with Annual Management Meetings for each fishery. I am now in a resource access role dealing with the fishermen and resource access issues more directly.
WINSC: What is your biggest reward working in the seafood industry?
JACQUI: Meeting so many diverse characters and expanding my knowledge of the commercial industry. There are so many fisheries that I had no idea existed until working in my current position and I think the greatest reward is gaining an understanding of each and every one of these fisheries. Being able to direct people to the relevant (and reliable) information sources and seeing people’s faces light up when they discover that a ‘REAL LIFE hermit crab fishery exists and they actually collect hermit crabs?’ is pretty rewarding.
WINSC: Would you encourage women to follow a career in the seafood industry? Why?
JACQUI: I would, but it can make or break you, you just need to be ready for the industry and all that it entails! But I won’t sugar coat it. Like anything, there are ups and downs. When you become invested in something, someone, the fishermen, the fisheries, the stories and people’s livelihoods you truly feel EVERYTHING, positive or negative emotions. The seafood industry is HUGE and you will never stop learning, even when you think you know it all!! As long as you have the passion, you can do it.