Claire Webber

Aquaculture researcher, educator

As the Research and Liaison Officer with the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association in Port Lincoln, Claire is passionate about her role in SA’s developing aquaculture industry.

Liaising with scientists, government, industry members and the public, she likes nothing better than to encourage discussion on the latest techniques and discoveries about environmental and fish health management.

Growing up on the Eyre Peninsula, Australia’s seafood frontier, meant working in the marine resource sector was a very tangible career path for me – even though I don’t come from a fishing family.

I graduated from the Australian Maritime Collage in Tasmania with a Bachelor of Administration (Marine Resources) and have worked as a commercial fisheries observer, as a researcher with the Australian Antarctic Division looking at ways to better protect the albatross, and as a deck hand on prawn trawlers.

My training and my experiences at sea have set me up well for my current role where I can follow my strong interest in environmental and fish health management, helping to develop new husbandry techniques, reduce stress and improve the condition of the fish.

I love the ocean, and I love getting the message across and helping people understand the seafood industry.

My smartest move was to go and work at sea on commercial fishing vessels as a Fisheries Observer very early in my career. The role was tough and isolating, as others had warned, but, over time, it proved I was willing to do the hard yards.

My best advice is continue to invest in yourself. Backing yourself is the best thing you can do: you are smart and adaptive enough to work the rest out along the way.

Quote : "I still need to get back out to sea now and then or I do get a bit stir crazy. On the factory trawlers, after taking scientific samples, I always liked finding a bit of elbow room on the processing line."

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