From inland frost to fishing

Last week, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority’s (AFMA) Andrew Trappett shared his experiences about his time as the inaugural South East Trawl Industry Association (SETFIA) Liaison Officer.  AFMA now introduces Liaison Officer Danait Ghebrezgabhier who has now left the balmy, warm winter of Canberra to take up the role in Lakes Entrance following Andrew’s successful tenure of this position over the past 15 months.

Danait has a zoology background and has been working at AFMA since 2009 across several Commonwealth fisheries, as well as compliance planning and research administration.  She is currently working towards a Masters of Applied Science in Fisheries Management with the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania.

Photo of Danait Ghebrezgabhier - the new SETFIA Liaison Officer

Danait Ghebrezgabhier is the new SETFIA Liaison Officer

As Liaison Officer, Danait will remain an AFMA employee and will be working closely with south east trawl operators on projects such as the roll out of stronger seabird mitigation strategies and electronic logbooks, delivering eLearning training modules and assisting with communications.  Whilst in Lakes Entrance, Danait is looking forward to learning more about how the South East Trawl Fishery operates, and perhaps pick up a tip or two on catching fish along the way!

Simon Boag, SETFIA’s Executive Officer said he was looking forward to working with Danait over the coming year.

“Danait’s background of hands-on project management and her obvious enthusiasm makes her well placed to deliver these fishery changing projects,” Mr Boag said.

“Danait has the opportunity to leave Lakes Entrance in a year’s time with seabird interactions with trawlers almost totally eliminated and dramatically improved reporting in the fishery.”

The AFMA-SETFIA Liaison position will continue to provide another valuable point of contact between the trawl sector and AFMA.  Danait can be contacted by email on danait@afma.gov.au or at the SETFIA office in Lakes Entrance.

More information on AFMA’s work with the fishing industry can be found at www.afma.gov.au.