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The Annual General Meeting (AGM) for Recfishwest was held at 6:30pm on Tuesday 30th October, 2018.

The Chairman Tim Bray introduced Mrs Heather Brayford, Deputy Director General, Sustainability and Biosecurity, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and invited her to say a few words.

Heather addressed the attendants at the AGM and discussed issues, challenges and opportunities in the recreational fishing sector.

Heather Brayford Deputy Director General DPIRD and Norman Halse Recfishwest Life Member

She reinforced the Departments commitment to maintaining and enhancing recreational fishing under the new Aquatic Resources Management Act including:

  • Artificial reefs
  • Fish stocking
  • Shark depredation

The AGM also included Director elections.

For the first time Recfishwest members were able to vote for their preferred candidate online and this resulted in the highest number of votes for any Director Election in Recfishwest’s history.

Elected members

We would like to congratulate Dean Thorburn and Simon McLernon who were re-elected for another 2 year term to continue their work to drive Recfishwest in the right direction. Check out their credentials below:

Dean Thorburn

Dean is a biologist with over 15 years professional experience conducting marine and aquatic studies and specialises in fish biology and ecology. Dean is the Director and Principal Scientist of an environmental consulting company and has occupied that role since 2006. In this current role, Dean continues to work on the biology of numerous bony and cartilaginous fish species and conducts environmental monitoring programs, impact assessments and aids with government approvals for various projects throughout northern Australia and south-east Asia. Dean is also a member of the Bluewater Freedivers of Western Australia.

Simon McLernon

Simon brings a wealth of external experience from his work as an engineer from a variety of different industries over the past decade including ship building and subsea engineering. Simon currently works as a subsea engineer at BHGE. Over 3 years Simon has been volunteering his engineering skills in designing and manufacturing the Bluewater Safety Float which is designed to help increase safety for divers and other boat users. Being an avid diver and fisher throughout his life, Simon has a strong interest in marine life behaviour and the sustainability of WA fisheries. Simon was the events coordinator for Bluewater Freedivers of Western Australia for 3 years and the VP for 2 years.

Recfishwest Annual Report

We’re extremely proud to represent the interests of the WA fishing community and our purpose has never been stronger.  Over the past year, Recfishwest have been working towards reshaping a fishing frontier for WA through cutting edge innovation, habitat protection and enhancement and creating greater fish abundances in important fisheries across our state. It is with your support, we are able to make this happen and we would like to share with you our 2017/18 Annual report.


If you have any questions regarding the AGM, please contact us at 9246 3366 or email us at info@recfishwest.org.au

Recfishwest Research Officer James Florisson and Recfishwest Directors Simon McLernon and Gary Thorniley.

Recfishwest 2017 AGM Wrap Up

Recfishwest held its Annual General Meeting on November 14 at the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club this year.

Recfishwest Chairman Tim Bray addressed the Members, moved the minutes from the 2016 AGM and presented his Chairman’s Report.

Tim’s report highlighted the achievements of the organisation over the past 12 months, including progress in the artificial reef development space, pursuing our fishing safety vision of bringing all West Aussies home safe after a day’s fishing and emphasising the role and importance our ever-evolving communications platforms play for our members.

There was also a change in the Recfishwest Board. Chairman Tim Bray and Deputy Chair Geoff Ellis were re-elected for another 2-year term to continue their work to drive Recfishwest in the right direction. Tania Douthwaite was voted in by the membership as a new addition to the board with Jason Froud and Heidi Cuthbert the two outgoing Directors. We thank both Heidi and Jason for their work as Directors on the Recfishwest Board over the past two years, including their work on a number of Recfishwest Committees and dedication to make fishing better in WA.

The main highlight of the night was the presentation of Recfishwest’s 2nd ever Life Member, Norman Halse.

Chairman Tim Bray with Life Member Norm Halse and Recfishwest CEO Dr Andrew Rowland.

Here are some of Norman’s Achievements below and why he was included as a Recfishwest Life Member:

• Norm joined the first ever Recfishwest Board in 1997 and continued in this role until 2010
• Norm has shown continued commitment to Recfishwest over many years including the role of Deputy Chair from 1999-2001 and again in 2007/2008 and served as Chairman from 2001 -2003 where he was instrumental in laying the foundation of Recfishwest in its early years
• Norm continues to represent the interests of recreational fishers through his role on the Integrated Fisheries Allocation Advisory Committee
• Norm continues to serve as the chair of the Recfishwest Rock Lobster Reference Group

Norman has represented Recfishwest on the Minister’s statutory advisory committee the Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee (RFAC) since 2004. He was also an inaugural member and Deputy Chairman of the Cockburn Sound Management Council.

At 88, Norm continues to fish and catch his beloved Rock Lobster and is still a very passionate supporter of recreational fishing.

Recfishwest’s 2016/17 Annual report can be found on the Recfishwest Website in the coming weeks. In the meantime, please have a read of our 2016/17 Achievements Document below, to see what the team has worked on to promote, protect and develop safe, sustainable, accessible and enjoyable fishing experiences for the WA community.

Recfishwest Achievements 2016_17

We greatly thank you for your ongoing support of this great organisation. Our Purpose has never been clearer, our staff work harder than ever and great things are happening to enhance fishing experiences in Western Australia. I encourage you to get your family and friends to jump on board the Recfishwest ship and help us grow our membership to keep West Aussies fishing into the future.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr Andrew Rowland