Michelle Skarlatos Simoes

Michelle Skarlatos Simoes

Role held in the seafood industry?

Aquatic Biosecurity Officer, NT Fisheries, Dept Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR)

When and how did you get involved in the seafood industry?

I started working with the Aquatic Biosecurity Unit in December 2012 after I had completed a Graduate Traineeship with the Department (DPIR was called Department of Resources at that stage). During my traineeship I had assisted the Aquatic Biosecurity Unit with monitoring and inspections for aquatic pests. It was a natural progression (and very happy one at that).

Why do you like working in the seafood industry?

I have a passion for protecting our environment and the unique native aquatic species that we have in the Top End.

What you love about your role?

Our work covers both marine and freshwater environments and is very diverse. There are several programs that we run within the unit that span all aspects of surveillance, investigations and public awareness. I really enjoy the diversity that my role offers and the positive impact that we make by removing unwanted pest species from our waterways. I also enjoy raising awareness into the impacts of pest species and educating the public on how they assist in protecting our waterways. I have a very rewarding job.

Most memorable moment ?

The memorable moments have added up over the years, we have little wins every time there is a successful eradication or early detection. However the most memorable and rewarding experience was the successful removal of a noxious fish, Gambusia, from One Mile Dam.