RecFish SA Board

 
Danny Simpson

Danny Simpson

Executive Officer

Danny was formerly the Manager of Recreational Fisheries for the South Australian government, a role he fulfilled for 5 years.  He has over 25 years of experience as a professional Natural Resources Manager with a particular skill base in aquatic ecology, wetlands and environmental flow management, having worked for both the government and the private sector. Danny has managed the South Australian water & environment operations of international consulting firms, and is currently a Director of Pulse Consulting.

Danny supported RecFish SA in implementing it’s new constitution &  organisational structure. His project management capabilities have already made a significant contribution to organising and structuring RecFish SA project delivery and developing a framework to ensure the financial sustainability of the organisation. He has been an avid fisher since first casting a line from the St Kilda breakwater in the 1960s and continues to spend much of his time divided between fishing and watching football.

Paul Davies

Paul Davies

Director

Paul’s interest in recreational fishing advocacy was created by the recent Marine Parks process. Paul became a member of a local action group on the North Coast of Kangaroo Island where he fishes. Paul then went on to be a member of the Kangaroo Island Marine Action Group (KIMAG) where he was responsible for writing KIMAG’s submissions to government, DEWNR, the Kangaroo Island Futures Authority and the Select Committee on Marine Parks.

Paul’s executive career has been in stockbroking, investment management and financial advice. Paul graduated from the Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2010. Since October 2014 Paul has served as national President of Parkinson’s Australia . Paul’s Board experience includes strategic, business and governance reviews, sub-committee Chair and Board treasurer.

Ian Fitzgerald

Ian Fitzgerald

Director

Ian is the former secretary and deputy-chairperson of RecFish SA. Ian has a long involvement in recreational fishing representation. Leading the Metro RFC for many years, Ian has a knowledge base which covers many and varied recreational fishing issues. Ian heads up the RecFish SA Freshwater Group, he is the RFSA representative on the Reservoir Fishing Taskforce and he has successfully launched the first RecFish SA Family Fishing Days in September 2014.

Ian has worked tirelessly on improving freshwater fishing opportunities for South Australians recreational fishers. He was instrumental in forging a memorandum of understanding with various stakeholders to open SA Reservoirs to recreational fishing. In 2014  the state government announced that 5 reservoirs have been scheduled to be opened up for recreational fishing access and Ian & RecFish SA are now working on expanded recreational fishing access.

Mick Wilson

Mick Wilson

Director

Mick found his passion for fishing at a very young age with trips to the Murray River and across to the Yorke Peninsula with his family.

He has worked in the fishing tackle industry for over 5 years and have been on the executive committee of the Lower Murray Lure Fishing Club for the past 7 years and currently holds the secretary position.

Mick has a very strong interest in the River Murray and its fishing and is very proud to have been involved in the first release of Murray cod into the Lower River Murray in February 2016. Mick has also dedicated a lot of his time to working alongside PIRSA & SARDI in the Murray cod and catfish co-management project and has recently made an important contribution to establishing new regulations for handling Murray cod.

Mick has a huge love for the River Murray and the iconic Murray cod with hopes of the cod soon returning in good numbers in the Lower River Murray along with other species such as silver perch and catfish.

Brenton Schahinger

Brenton Schahinger

Director (Treasurer)

Brenton has been a keen recreational fisher from a very young age and fishes mostly on Yorke Peninsula and is a regular visitor to Kangaroo Island and Eyre Peninsula. He is passionate about the sustainable management of South Australian fisheries and has been a member of RecFish SA for 17 years. Brenton served as Chairperson for four years and was instrumental to the introduction of a new, more open and democratic constitution for RecFish SA in 2015.

Brenton is a current representative on the Boating Facilities Advisory Committee and is a former member of the Fisheries Council,  Marine Scale Fisheries Management Committee, and  a former Boating Industry Association Board Member. Brenton has a background in engineering and management and is a qualified marine engineer and winemaker.

Dr Michael Sierp

Dr Michael Sierp

Director (Appointed)

Currently, Managing Director of a private consulting company, Michael was previously employed as a senior government biosecurity manager in natural resources with a focus on maritime and the environment. Michael has management experience of freshwater and marine issues, as a technical expert and director.  Michael has held senior positions in government, universities and private business. I have developed a unique knowledge of the aquatic areas and stakeholders of Australia through  committee, recreational and research experience. Michael’s work has been conducted nationally, managing key stakeholder groups towards Australian state and federal law, policies, guidelines and international maritime conventions.

Prior to joining the Board Michael served as an Expert Technical Assistant to RecFish SA, having obtained his PhD in aquatic ecology, fisheries, aquaculture and limnology in 2008. Recently, Michael’s experience in ecology and bio-security have greatly benefited RecFish SA’s reservoir stocking programs.

David Ciaravolo

David Ciaravolo

Director

David has a decade of experience in the fishing tackle retail industry and writes a column in a premier SA fishing magazine. David is involved in the federally funded, FRDC Future Leaders Program which aims to build capacity in the Australian recreational fishing sector. In 2014 David attended the World Recreational Fishing Conference in Sao Paulo as part of the FRDC Delegation. David is passionate about RecFish SA striving to grow as a modern, communicative and open organisation. At RecFish SA He as been involved in communications reform & governance development, including the introduction of a new constitution in 2015.

David is a keen fisher in both salt and freshwater and enjoys fishing in metropolitan Adelaide and in the Mt. Lofty ranges.  Former owner of a small business with a focus on sustainability, he is passionate about and experienced in social media and stakeholder engagement. David’s study background is in Politics and International studies. He was first elected to the Executive/Board in November 2013.

Judy Goode

Judy Goode

Director

Judy has been a passionate recreational fisher for many years, and fishes mainly on Yorke Peninsula with her family and friends from one of two classic wooden boats that have been recently restored.  Judy is also passionate about the sustainability of our natural resources and agricultural industries. She is a strong and well-credentialed environmental advocate who brings to RecFish SA 20 years’ experience in strategic planning, policy development and project management in natural resources management, water resource management, environmental flows and Aboriginal partnership and engagement.

Judy has been a key adviser to the SA government and the Murray-Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) on the Murray-Darling Basin Plan, Strategic Programs Review and The Living Murray Initiative. She was an inaugural member of the MDBA Strategic Thinkers Group, which provided strategic and policy advice on implementation of the Basin Plan. She is a past Board member of the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre (MDFRC) and has been a strong supporter of numerous fish research projects across the Murray-Darling Basin.

Judy has previously project managed strategy and policy development for the National Environmental Protection Measures on the assessment of site contamination, and ambient air quality standards. Judy has also developed State policy frameworks for SA River Murray salinity management and environmental flows, the use of Aboriginal interpreters and translators in remote and regional communities, Aboriginal partnerships in NRM, levee bank management, and environmental water allocations.

Judy has chaired and/or served on numerous federal, state, regional and local NRM boards and committees. She is currently a Board member of the National Association for Sustainable Agriculture Australia (NASAA) and NASAA Certified Organics (NCO). Judy is also a member of the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board Audit and Finance Committee. The appointment of Judy to our Board will strengthen RecFish’s policy and strategic planning platforms.

Levi Nash

Levi Nash

Director

Levi caught the bug at a young age of probably five or six, tagging along with his Dad on frequent Salt Creek beach fishing trips chasing Mulloway, Kingston SE for Snapper/Crayfish and the Coorong for Bream/Mullet.

Later in life moving to Adelaide from the South East farm life, Levi began to fish many other SA destinations, enjoying the camping and fishing lifestyle admiring the wildlife and scenery along with it.

Still drawn to the memories of the Coorong which both of his Grandfathers hunted and fished, he finds himself today quiet often tagging big Bream in the Coorong with a keen interest on the water and fishery management of the system. Which lead him and some mates from the South East to establish the “Young Husband Fishing Club” which has moved along quite well since 2006 with club members mainly fishing both sides of the Younghusband Peninsula and beyond.

Peter Teakle

Peter Teakle

Director

Peter is from Renmark and has a keen interest in freshwater fishing. He is a passionate and skilled advocate for the River Murray and has been working hard to bring greater recognition to species such as Murray Cod and Catfish. Peter has a wealth of knowledge and much experience representing fishers from the Riverland and across South Australia. He has served as the South Australian Representative on the Murray Darling Basin Native Fish Strategy (Community Stakeholder Task Force) and is presently a serving member of the MDB Murray Cod Fishery Management Group, RFSA representative on the newly Murray Cod Enhancement Working Group for South Australia and the Australian Fisheries Management Forum (AFHA).

In 2011 he was awarded the SARFAC “GOLD AWARD of EXCELLENCE”” for outstanding and unwavering commitment to the Murray River environment and it’s iconic species.

Shane Hodgens

Shane Hodgens

Director

Shane Hodgens has been a keen fisherman from a young age where every weekend was fishing the Jetties at Adelaide. Shane has an extensive knowledge of saltwater fishing in South Australia having fished for many years in Adelaide, Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula where he now resides.

Shane has a passion for sustainable fishing practices, fish and environment restoration and plastic reduction from our water ways. Shane hopes that someday soon better management practices come into force so South Australia’s iconic fish species are in good numbers for all to enjoy to catch into the future.

This passion has seen Shane open his own Fishing Tackle shop where he greatly enjoys mixing with other fishers from around the state and also around country and talking all this fishing and how to fix our fishing problems.

When not working Shane can be found fishing the beaches of the West Coast or around some of the pristine offshore Islands of the West Coast.

Luke Chamings

Director

Luke’s fishing story started in the 70’s on the banks of the Broken River, Benalla Victoria with his grandpa bait fishing for cod callop trout and redfin. In his teens with his dad he fished the Coorong for many years chasing mulloway and Coorong mullet. The passion only increased with age, trips to the far west coast and K.I always a highlight.  He currently mainly fish freshwater the hunt for cod is very addictive.

Luke’s other passion is making lures – it’s also very addictive seeing your creation taken by a big fish is amazing feeling. He also grows fish, Aus. natives and trout, in a aquaculture shed at Sandy Creek.

Luke studied aquaculture at Urrbrae Agricultural College and Gilles Plains TAFE campus, offering him a different perspective on fishing and fish.

Alex Williams

Director

Alex began fishing with his father from a very young age on the yearly family holiday to Kangaroo Island. Landing his first Bream on Kangaroo Island at the age of 4, his passion for fishing only grew stronger with time. In his spare time Alex takes great pride in volunteering as Coordinator for the Warren Reservoir Recreational Fishing Committee and has enjoyed leading projects in maintaining and upgrading the Warren fishery, as well as hosting a very successful Gone Fishing Day event. Alex still travels to his favourite spot Kangaroo Island each year with his Hobie Kayak chasing big Bream, Tuna and Salmon among other species, but loves to fish all over South Australia and beyond, carrying a spare rod always.

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