The Professional Fishermen’s Association was born out of a widespread concern about the future of the Commercial Fishing Industry in NSW. In common with other State fisheries, NSW professional fishers are deeply worried about the erosion of their long term rights to harvest seafood on behalf of the community. This harvest is essential to supplying both the retail and wholesale sectors, and, in turn, our valuable restaurant and tourism
If we are to have a positive impact and improve our standing in the community, secure the future of the industry and supplies of fresh seafood we need to work together and be proactive in seeking to gain the attention of policy makers and the general public. We need to alert them to our conservation credentials and the value that we inject to coastal communities, many of which have few other reliable employment opportunities. Various socio economic studies have clearly shown the benefits the professional fishing industry brings to regional areas along the NSW coast. Further studies in the future will be done to continue to show the value of the industry to local
economies, employment and society in general. Our strength will always be in numbers and as a united group.
The objectives of the PFA are: