What is the OceanWatch Master Fisherman program about?


About the program

Master Fisherman Program was initiated in 2013. Since then, more than 130 fishermen have been trained to participate in environmentally sustainable and responsible fishing practices.

Our program incorporates many aspects including: quality assurance, bycatch reduction devices and techniques, animal welfare, threatened species management, catch documentation, marine pests management, protection of habitat, pollution, indigenous fishing, fisheries management and workplace health and safety, etc.


Our mission

  • Improve and recognise the knowledge, skills, experience and professionalism of participating fishermen
  • Promote the sustainability of our fresh, local seafood
  • Provide information to consumers to help them value locally produced seafood


Meet Woody, the Master Fisherman Program Guru

Michael has over 20 years of experience in the Australian seafood industry.

If you are not sure about any bycatch reduction device, code of practices or if you would like to organize a workshop in your area, he is your man!

Contact him: masterfisherman@oceanwatch.org.au