INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
8 MARCH 2017
BE BOLD FOR CHANGE
COMBINED ZONE C ASSOCIATION (CZCA)
Toni is currently the secretary of Combined Zone C Association (CZCA) began helping the Zone C western rock lobster fishers from Seabird to Wedge Island as secretary for Seabird Ledge Point Pro Fish Association, then secretary for Latitude 31 Pro Fish Association. During those years commenced an email service for Zone C western rock lobster skippers, unit holders, processors and other interested parties including bankers forwarding the most up to date news and encouraged Zone C to become a united voice.
WINSC: When and how did you get involved in the seafood industry?
Toni: Towards end of 1969 moved to Lancelin, with my husband Tony a second generation fisher who had commenced a partnership in a fishing vessel and craypots licence at the time, there was little for women to do other than sunbathe or swim at the beach, felt I could offer the men folk some assistance coming from country life background tried most things except splice ropes or else I would’ve been in the shed day and night.
WINSC: What is your biggest reward working in the seafood industry?
Toni: Those whom I have met over the years in the seafood industry which includes comradeship with all including fishers or non-fisher alike many offered me knowledge or wise words, even socially in a room there are laughs hearing the fishy stories or pranks done whilst fishing long days, whether it was eating fish bait because they were hungry leaving their lunch box at home, someone falling over board survived from being tangled in ropes or a crew putting sparklers in an engine room and the skipper panicked thinking the engine had blown up.
WINSC: Would you encourage women to follow a career in the seafood industry?
Toni: Women can offer a different perspective or view in the seafood industry thus offer valuable input at committee or board level to achieve the best possible outcome for their fishery. There are so many opportunities for both women and men to work side by side in the seafood industry.