I am a Fisheries and Marine Officer for the Department of Fisheries in Geraldton, Western Australia and have been with the Department for five years.
What do I enjoy most about the seafood industry?
I enjoy the great people I meet who I share similar values and passions with including a love of the ocean. Seafood has such a rich history and many people I work with have a fascinating long history in the industry and great stories to share.
How did I get involved?
I have always had a passion for the marine environment. I grew up in Cairns in Far North Queensland and my obvious choice was to become a dive instructor. Travelling with this qualification made me want to protect the marine environment and ensure sustainable practices so all can enjoy the resource. After going to uni as a mature aged student I landed a job in WA with Fisheries and have never looked back.
What is the most important aspect of my job?
I am a strong believer in education and awareness. I believe the more aware people are about fishing, the fish they catch and the industry they are in the easier it is for people to feel a sense of stewardship towards the industry which in turn promotes voluntary compliance resulting in happy fishermen and happy compliance officers!!