Johnathon Davey was appointed Executive Director following the departure of Renee Vajtauer in March 2014. Prior to taking on the role at SIV, Johnathon had been in Canberra with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry as the Assistant Director in International Fisheries within the Sustainable Resource Management Division.
Johnathon will represent SIV on many Boards and committees including:
- Fisheries Cost Recovery Standing Committee
- National Seafood Industry Alliance
- Rock Lobster Resource Assessment Group
- Abalone Fishery Management Plan Steering Committee
- Victorian Fisheries Research and Advisory Board
Johnathon’s tertiary qualifications include a BSc from James Cook University majoring in Marine Biology and Aquaculture, followed by a Diploma and Masters in Applied Science from the Australian Maritime College.
Joeanne is a long standing employee of SIV and provides a high level of administrative support to the SIV office. She has witnessed many changes not only on a SIV level but also in Victoria’s seafood industry and has a wealth of knowledge on all things seafood in Victoria. More often than not, Joeanne is the first point of contact for those desiring to know more about Victorian seafood.
Kirsten Abernethy started working for SIV in January this year. She is a Melbourne local who returned home in 2015 after more than ten years living abroad. Most of her work was in Cornwall, UK, working closely with fishers, their families and the broader fishing industry. While Cornwall has a totally different history (and weather!), it shares many of the same challenges facing our Victorian fisheries, especially around securing access to commercial fishing.
Kirsten first got to know SIV when she volunteered to help on the Save the Bay campaign last year. Now she works 3 days a week at SIV. Her role is mainly to promote the Victorian fishing industry and engage the wider community in supporting the industry. She is responsible for PROFISH, she will no doubt be in touch with fishers to contribute! Kirsten is working on a strategic engagement and promotion strategy that intends to improve our social licence as an industry. Kirsten also has a background in research and is a social scientist. She is now on the FRDC Victorian Research Advisory Committee, and is going to be involved in research activities through SIV that will benefit the industry.