Mary joined WINSC many years ago and wrote their e newsletter for two years, as well as being the Tasmanian Director and the administrator for its Facebook page and Twitter feed. She is a passionate advocate for the recognition of women in the seafood industry and believes that their roles should be better recognised.
As a freelance writer, editor and researcher Mary has interviewed and written articles on many people in the industry as well as the important issues facing fisheries.
From 2006 to 2016 Mary was the first point of contact at the Tasmanian Seafood Industry Council and was pivotal in liaising with its membership, members of the public requiring information, the media seeking interviews and news stories, advertising clients as well as many overseas enquiries. Mary also ran the Secretariat for the National Aquaculture Council.
Mary said: “It is a great privilege to be able to contribute to the seafood industry as it is full of decent hardworking people who face adversity every day, yet still manage to find time to tell a joke or a yarn. It is greatly disturbing that one of the greatest threats to Australians being able to enjoy healthy sustainable caught local seafood comes from the administrative mechanisms that are supposed to protect the industry. One of my concerns is to enable the small industry players to remain resilient and to protect families from damage when inappropriate management decisions are made. Part of this is to ensure that the public hear the great stories about the industry and hence understand how sustainable and important it is.”