OzFish Unlimited is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping the millions of Aussie recreational fishers take control of the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries and shore up the future of the sport they love. OzFish Unlimited partners with fishers and the broader community to invest time and money into the protection and restoration of our waterways, counteracting decades of degradation.

What we do

  • Work with fishers to make local fishing grounds healthy, vibrant and more productive.

  • Share ideas on how to improve, restore and protect fish habitat.

  • Seek grants and support for hands–on habitat restoration.

  • Provide events, resources, education and research that support fishing groups to achieve local outcomes.


Stephen 'Jim' Stening

Jim founded FIIG Securities Limited in 1998, holding the position of Managing Director until 2012. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has extensive experience across the financial markets sector, developed with firms such as Merrill Lynch, Banco Santander and NAB. He is also a non-executive director of the QLD Treasury Corporation, where he is Chairman of the Funding and Markets Committee.

Craig Copeland

Craig is the creator and founder of OzFish Unlimited and has been protecting and restoring fish habitat throughout NSW for 25 years. He currently manages the Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation Program in Fisheries NSW where he has led ground-breaking work in fish passage restoration, wetland rehabilitation, floodgate and acid sulphate soil management. He continues to create and encourage more opportunities for recreational fishers to engage in fish habitat management.

Bonita 'Snagger' Brown

Award winning broadcaster for ABC Local Radio, “Snagger Brown” hosted local, state and national programs for over a decade and was recognised as a highly motivated presenter and multi-platform content maker. But it was her passion for fishing and creation of the ABC’s The Big Fish program that engaged a national following, and cited as some of the most memorable radio ever heard from her audience.

Matt Hansen

Matt started fishing as soon as he could walk! He’s a passionate angler and is the founder and President of the Lake Burrendong Classic catch and release fishing competition. His ability to spread the message that habitat makes fish happen through social media, published articles and fundraising has been phenomenal. His many achievements include major re-snagging works and riparian regeneration on the Macquarie River.

John Burgess

Since 2012, John has held the role as Director of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation. He serves on various fishery management and scientific committees as a vocal advocate to address issues which impact recreational fishers. He is also a life member of ANSA and has been executive officer on the ANSA national board for over 10 years.


Anissa Lawrence

Managing Director and Founder of Tierra Mar Consulting, Anissa has over 24 years’ experience in helping organisations and communities to engage in coastal and marine natural resource management along with critical fisheries issues. Anissa has held senior positions in a number of leading international engineering and professional services firms and with conservation organisations. Anissa is the executive officer of the NSW Fish Habitat Partnership.

Matt Barwick

Director of Greenfish Consulting, Matt has over fifteen years’ experience in delivering projects to improve fishing opportunities in Australia and overseas. He’s a mad recreational fisher and within his role as the program coordinator for RecFishing Research, Matt gives the Australian recreational fishing community direct benefits through various research and development initiatives. He has published over 50 articles and hosts a radio segment on science and recreational fishing.

Jo-Anne Ruscoe

Jo has enjoyed a varied career around fishing and aquaculture and is the Research Projects Manager with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. She works with all sectors to address research and development priorities and has a particular interest in developing capability and confidence in others. Jo was recognised for her commitment to engage industry leaders as the recipient of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation’s 20th birthday network award.

Michelle Wenner

Michelle has over 10 years combined experience working across government, the private sector and academia in natural resource management with a focus on integrated fisheries management and research, stakeholder engagement and policy development. Michelle is the Senior Program and Partnership Manager with VRFish.

Paul Tully

As the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of McInnes Lawyers and a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, Paul has a strong interest in litigation, dispute resolution and a commitment to uphold professional standards. This means Paul wears many hats. He’s a long standing member of the Council of the QLD Law Society, founding director of the Brain Injury Association and an International Rugby Board Judicial Officer.

David Coogan

David is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand and a senior partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has specialised in the superannuation and funds management industry providing assurance and advisory services to a number of corporate, public sector and industry funds . He was awarded the PwC Edwin Flack Partner of the year award in 2014 for his client service and community achievements .He is Chair of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees Risk, Finance and Audit committee .He and his wife ,Evelyn run a family vineyard on the Murray River in Torrumbarry in Victoria and David is a very keen trout fishermen in his spare time .

Dr Martin Mallen-Cooper

Dr Mallen-Cooper is an internationally recognised expert in fish ecology and fish passage with over 35 years’ experience in researching and delivering improved outcomes for fish.  His research on the ecology of fish migration, fish behaviour and swimming ability led to the first successful fishways for native fish in Australia.  Martin has worked with state and federal government agencies, water authorities, engineering firms, local councils, and community groups; mainly in Australia, but also in Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh, China, and New Zealand.  His work has been published widely in international scientific journals.



We would love to hear from you! Would you like to learn more about OzFish Unlimited to share with your local fishing club or community group? Would you like to partner with us to help you with a local habitat project in your area? Or perhaps you would like to set up your own local chapter?

We welcome any support from individuals, groups or companies who can help us spread our message to restore and protect fish habitat for the future of our sport.

Get in touch today.

Tel: 0435 828 116


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