BETTER HABITAT BETTER FISHING

ABOUT US

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.

OUR DIRECTORS

Jim Stening
Chairman

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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Matt Hansen - Director

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 - Director

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

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 - Director

Jo has enjoyed a varied career around fishing and aquaculture. She is now the CEO Australian Barramundi Farmers Association. She works with all sectors to address research and

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Paul Tully - Director

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 - Director

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 - Director

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 - Director

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 - Director

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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Paul Nagy - Director

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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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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Andrew Matthews - Senior Program 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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Zilla Gordon - PR & Marketing Coordinator

Zilla is a Brisbanite with a BA majoring in journalism, recently completing a Master of Business, majoring in PR. She has spent most of her time during her

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Ben Cleveland - Senior Project Manager
Ben has grown up fishing the waters of Port Phillip Bay and Victoria’s coast completing a Marine Biology degree at Deakin
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