Recently we announced we have awarded ten bursaries to attend the 2019 Trans-Tasman Rock Lobster Congress in Queenstown, New Zealand. The $3,000 bursaries provide professional development for future leaders of the Western rock lobster Industry and target skippers and crew members who are actively engaged in fishing operations.
Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to our ten very deserving bursary winners of 2019!
Introducing Lance Dawe, a Skipper from Wedge Island who has been fishing for nearly 20 years! He is another worthy recipient of one of 10 bursaries to attend the 2019 Trans-Tasman Rock Lobster Congress in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Lance would like to learn more about the industry beyond his vast skills and responsibilities as a Skipper and believes attending the 2019 Trans-Tasman Rock Lobster Congress is the first step to doing so.
Lance said going to the congress will broaden his horizons and enable him to bring back information that he can share with industry.
“I’m from a small area (Wedge Island) where things and ideas don’t really change much,” Lance said.
“We have done the same thing for generations and I would like to go get some new ideas, learn about the industry and come back and share these ideas with others.
“The only people I get to talk to about fishing is my family and other local fishers, but if I got to meet other fishers from other ports and States, I would gain some new perspectives of my own.”
Lance said as well as gaining a better understanding of the accounting side of his business, he hopes to one day be on an industry committee and going to the congress is the first step in achieving this.
“I have not even spoken to people in other zones in the Western rock lobster industry, so going to the congress is a great opportunity to meet heaps of other fishers and get some good ideas on how others run and operate their businesses,” he said.
As well as being passionate that fishers should have a bigger say in what happens in their industry, Lance would like to see defined property rights going in to the future.
He would also like to see traditional smaller boats retained within the industry and for the ability to better be able to sell lobster to the public.
Lance wants fishing stocks to remain healthy into the future and would like to learn more about the science of our State’s iconic fishery, including puerulus settlement, weather and how his fishing impacts the lobsters.
“If I could learn more about the industry, I could make more informed decisions, contribute at local meetings and help my brothers who are also skippers in the family business,” he said.
Lance hopes that in two years’ time he will still be skippering his boat and that if lease prices improve, he would look to own some pots of his own.
WRL is excited to have Lance on board for the 2019 Trans-Tasman Rock Lobster Congress and values his contribution.
We look forward to working with Lance and his fellow bursary winners further and helping grow the positive impact our young future leaders will have on our State’s iconic Western rock lobster Industry.
The $3,000 bursaries provide professional development for future leaders of the Western rock lobster Industry and target skippers and crew members who are actively engaged in fishing operations. The bursaries have been funded by Western Rock Lobster through its Industry Partnership Agreement with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC).