Secure access rights for WA fisheries top priority for new CEO

WA Fishing Industry Council (WAFIC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Alex Ogg as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Securing the future of Western Australia’s world-leading commercial fisheries is a top priority for the new Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council, Alex Ogg.

Announcing the appointment, WAFIC Chairman, Ron Edwards said Western Australia’s billion dollar commercial fishing, pearling and aquaculture sectors faced a range of challenges which Mr Ogg was well equipped to handle.

“Alex has the practical knowledge, passion and strategic vision to lead our industry at this important time,” Mr Edwards said.

“He is commercially astute, widely respected and highly qualified and comes to the role with an impressive track record of success in our industry.”

Mr Ogg said he was looking forward to working with industry members to promote the substantial social and economic value of WA’s commercial fisheries and to secure ongoing access to these renewable resources.
“Western Australian seafood producers are global leaders when it comes to sustainable, responsible stewardship of our ocean’s renewable bounty,” he said.

“We will work hard to establish a vision for a shared resource with the recreational fishing sector to ensure all Western Australians are able to access and enjoy our incredibly diverse range of fisheries, up and down our vast coastline.

“From delivering thousands of jobs in our coastal communities, to providing the high quality seafood products which support WA’s hospitality and tourism industries, seafood producers are an integral part of our local economy.”

Mr Ogg said a successful industry helped strengthen the WA economy and the issue of improved security around access rights was central for commercial fishers and members in the pearling and aquaculture sectors.

“Working with government to secure the future for our commercial fisheries is important for the health of our economy and the thousands of workers who rely on our industry,” he said.

“WAFIC wants to achieve fair and equitable access in all fisheries for commercial, recreational and customary fishers.”

“Our WA seafood producers are world leaders in every aspect of fisheries management and all Western Australians should be proud of their expertise and stewardship.”

Mr Edwards said under Mr Ogg’s leadership WAFIC had recently brokered several important cross-industry agreements and supported the creation of Southern Seafood Producers WA – a collaboration between members from 21 different fisheries.

“Across more than 50 fisheries and in pearling and aquaculture, WAFIC represents the men and women who have built a world-class seafood industry in Western Australia,” Mr Edwards said.

“There are exciting opportunities for our industry to grow and make an even bigger contribution to the social and economic life of our State and I look forward to working with Alex in his new role.”

In coming months Mr Ogg will visit coastal communities to hear directly from members to ensure the priorities of local fishers are understood and represented.

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Bio: Alex Ogg

Alex brings strong leadership experience in business development, strategic planning and operations management to the commercial fishing, pearling and aquaculture sectors.

As WAFIC’s Chief Operating Officer since 2014, Alex has managed broad industry stakeholder engagement, systems implementation and strategic planning across a range of critical issues.

Prior to joining WAFIC, Alex worked for more than 15 years in the pearling sector as a licensee and a member of several commercial boards.

He served as Managing Director of Broome-based Autore Pearling and its subsidiary Clipper Pearls, and as a member of the Pearling Industry Advisory Committee.

Alex has also had substantial experience in the hospitality sector having worked as an executive chef for more than a decade in New York and Sydney and as Resort Manger of El Questro Station Wilderness Park in WA’s Kimberley.

He is currently the Chair of the national SeSafe initiative and Deputy Chair of the WA Research Advisory Committee. Alex holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

For more information contact:
Danika Gusmeroli, Communications Officer, WAFIC
P: (08) 9432 7710
E: communications@wafic.org.au