Kirsten Abernethy started working for SIV in January this year. She is a Melbourne local who returned home in 2015 after more than ten years living abroad. Most of her work was in Cornwall, UK, working closely with fishers, their families and the broader fishing industry. While Cornwall has a totally different history (and weather!), it shares many of the same challenges facing our Victorian fisheries, especially around securing access to commercial fishing.
Kirsten first got to know SIV when she volunteered to help on the Save the Bay campaign last year. Now she works 3 days a week at SIV. Her role is mainly to promote the Victorian fishing industry and engage the wider community in supporting the industry. She is responsible for PROFISH, she will no doubt be in touch with fishers to contribute! Kirsten is working on a strategic engagement and promotion strategy that intends to improve our social licence as an industry. Kirsten also has a background in research and is a social scientist. She is now on the FRDC Victorian Research Advisory Committee, and is going to be involved in research activities through SIV that will benefit the industry.