Events Promoting Seafood Women

International Women’s Day 2023

Turn the Tide

8 March 2023 1-2pm AEDT

On International Women's Day this year, WISA hosted a webinar focusing on our our new project starting this year, Turn the Tide. We were super excited to talk to you all about it!

It was an opportunity to find out what we are planning and what you can sign up to! Participants met the project team and had the chance to ask questions. Participants also had the opportunity to help shape the project activities! We had more than 50 industry women and men to join us - celebrating the women of the seafood industry and talking about how we can work together to Turn the Tide!

Turn the Tide will be offering a mentor program, an entrepreneurship and leadership program, and heaps more opportunities to create connections and networks online and in person. We will also host a series of gender dialogues and work with organisations to make workplaces more attractive to women.

The link to the webinar recroding is HERE!

WISA at World Aquaculture 2023


Supported by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, WISA will be providing bursaries to Australian and International women in aquaculture to attend the World Aquculture Conference in Darwin 29 May - 1 June.

The bursaries are much more than providing financial support!

The bursaries are designed for women, who are passionate about their work and the Aquaculture industry, and who want to develop their networks, connections, and capacity.

The experience for bursary holders will be a four-day immersive and supported experience. Each bursary holder will be supported by WISA throughout the conference.

WISA bursaries offer much more than financial support. Each bursary holder will also be supported by WISA throughout the conference. WISA will facilitate opportunities for connection, with other bursary holders, WISA members, and the wider industry, starting before the conference and continuing afterwards. There are also a number of WISA activities we encourage bursary holders to get involved in.

Applications closed 

For the Bursary Application click HERE

For the Bursary Guideline click HERE

WISA at Seafood Directions 2022


Supported by all of the State and Territory agencies, WISA provided bursaries to seafood women to attend the conference. But the bursaries were way more than that! The experience was immersive and intended to build the bursar’s network and capacity. It included a mentor/buddy, networking opportunities before during and after the conference, media opportunities, workshop and panel participation and more.

Power Up breakfast

The Power Up breakfast is a WISA institution. It is an opportunity to enjoy breakfast while networking with industry leaders, innovators and our amazing women from all sectors of the seafood industry. This year we are proud to announce our speaker, Annabel Crabb, one of Australia’s most beloved journalists and a strong advocate for women.


Two workshops offer:

  • ‘Breaking the Barriers’ is a workshop delivered by WISA and Affectus designed especially for Seafood Women, discussing and problem solving shared critical issues impacting women today
  • ‘Communicating with impact’ highly interactive and fun workshop facilitated by Honey & Fox teaches why stories are so effective and how to use this to power up your communications

International Women’s Day 2022

WISA Inspiring Women Webinar Series

In honour of International Women’s Day 2022, WISA organised a webinar series for the month of March. We dived into conversation with seven inspiring women from seafood and the broader agriculture community in Australia. We chatted all things seafood and women including taboo topics, we shared secrets of success (and failure), and what it is like becoming leaders. Serious wisdom from seriously brilliant women.

The webinars were recorded and can be found here on WISA’s YouTube channel:

Who are the women in the Australian Seafood Industry and what do they want?

On International Women’s Day, Dr Kirsten Abernethy launched WISA's foundational research ‘Women of the Australian seafood industry'.

Break the bias: What it means for Australian women in agriculture

An inspiring speaker, Alana Johnson (AM) is recognized for work in gender equality, community activism, and is a pioneer in women’s leadership.

Building leadership in the Australian Seafood Industry

A leader in the Queensland fishing sector, Kylie Dunstan talks about the importance of good decision making.

Whispers from the Bush: The Workplace Sexual Harassment of Australian Rural Women

Dr Skye Charry presented her staggering findings from Whispers from the Bush. Due to the sensitive nature of the conversation we haven’t shared the webinar. But you can see the film based on Skye’s work here.

A fish out of water: Experiences as a leader

Heather Brayford discusses her experiences as a senior leader in fisheries in Western Australia.

Staying Afloat: Wellbeing in the Australian seafood industry

Jo Marshall has a conversation about workplace wellness and culture change in the Australian seafood industry.

Next generation: The power of collaboration in the seafood industry

Simoan Hayman talks to Claire Webber about the new generation in seafood, breaking norms, evolving, diversifying and working together.

WISA is working towards ways to better connect with their members and all seafood women across the Australasian Seafood Industry.

Contact us

Kirsten Abernethy – Executive Officer
Phone: 0413 039 421

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