Australia's New Way to Fish


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.


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

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Craig Copeland
CEO & Founder

Craig is the CEO and founder of OzFish Unlimited. He has been been leading the protection and restoring fish habitat throughout NSW for 28 years. He has led

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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Dr Kate Brooks

Based in Melbourne, Kate is a social scientist, passionate about increasing collaboration, and subsequent benefits, between community, industry and government in the area of fisheries and natural resource

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Simon Fitzpatrick - Project Officer

Simon works closely with OzFish Chapters, helping them promote and run events and projects. Simon has always been fascinated with the aquatic environment.  His love for the environment has

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Cassie Price - Director of Habitat Programs

Cassie is driven by a passion for sustainable resources, a love of fishing and her farming background. Her career spans more than 15 years in aquatic habitat

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Dr Ben Diggles - Senior Program Manager

Dr Diggles has worked with many clients in government, aquaculture, recreational fisheries, and commercial fisheries throughout New Zealand, Australia, Asia and the Pacific Islands. His core business areas

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Paul Nagy

Paul has loved fishing and the Australian outdoors ever since he could walk, and is now passing that passion on to his three daughters.


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Andrew Matthews - WA Project Manager

Andrew is a passionate fisher with an in-depth understanding in the complexities of sustainable recreational fisheries management, whilst recognising the social and economic importance that recreational fishing provides

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It’s easy to get involved in OzFish!

For all general inquiries, including corporate sponsorship and partnerships please contact OzFish Founder and CEO Craig Copeland 0419 185 538

Media inquiries: Bonita ’Snagger’ Brown 0477 554 475

Habitat inquiries: NSW/Vic/SA/NT/Tas - Cassie Price 0402 408 791

        Queensland - Dr Ben Diggles 0403 773 592

        WA - Andrew Matthews 0449 059 912

Membership, how to start your own OzFish chapter and for all website inquiries: Simon Fitzpatrick 0409 760 380

Postal Address: PO Box 112 Lennox Head, NSW 2480

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.


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