The Association

The Southern Seafood Producers (WA) Association (SSPWA) is a platform for the united professional producers of fine quality seafood in South Western Australia to interact with the public, government, regulators and potential partners for the first time. The SSPWA strives for greater support for our seafood producer families and is the industry body representing the interests of all South West Coast Seafood Producers in Western Australia. Formed in 2017, the SSPWA is made up of a Management Committee, with two representative for each of the regional centers:

  • Metropolitan / Other Region;

  • South West Region;

  • Albany Region; and

  • Esperance Region.

Each Management Committee Member is elected by our Members - grass root participants of the commercial fishing industry in WA with a current Fishery Licence. 

The Need

The late Kim Chance had a vision of a sector body established to represent, support and enhance the southern fisheries of Western Australia. With this vision in mind, Consultant Peter Rogers conducted a series of industry consultation tours to produce the discussion report ‘The Case for Establishing the Southern Seafood Producers (WA) Association’. After the publication of the discussion report, a Transitional Management Committee was established to guide the formation of the Association in its infancy. In December of 2017, the Southern Seafood Producers (WA) Association Inc. was established, with the first Annual General Meeting held in Albany. At this meeting, Members elected the inaugural Management Committee members of the SSPWA. Since then, the Management Committee has swiftly identified areas of focus for the SSPWA. Two of which were the need to strengthen the industry alignment with the food industry and to utilise all opportunities brought about by the amalgamation of the former Departments of Agriculture and Food; Fisheries; Regional Development and the nine Regional Development Commissions to the betterment of the SSPWA Members.

Management Committee

MATT

BENSON-LIDHOLM

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Chairperson

Based in Albany with a family background in commercial fishing has significant knowledge of WA’s fishing industry.  Understands the many economic, development and sustainable issues facing primary producers in regional WA.  A regional development consultant and State Government lobbyist who commits to working closely with industry to encourage best practice and help deliver on the potential our seafood sector offers across the southern and south west coasts for future generations.

PHILLIP CLARK

Secretary and Metro Representative

Phil loves everything seafood however, he is super passionate about WA's local seafood and promotes local industry at every opportunity.  Phil became a member of SSPWA during 2020 and was nominated to the management committee shortly following the 2020 AGM in Bunbury.  Subsequently Phil was successfully elected as the Secretary.  

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BRYN WESTERBERG

Vice Chair

Albany Representative

Bryn is a current Purse Seine, Inshore and Demersal fisher / processor with an excellent knowledge of the South Coast.  Bryn is a long standing Committee Member and was successfully nominated to the role of Vice Chair. 

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PADDY DANIELS

Esperance Representative

Paddy is a South Coast Crustacean fisher and was successfully nominated as the current representative for the Esperance region. Paddy has an excellent working knowledge of managed fisheries in various regions.

PAUL BENSON

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Albany Representative

Born in 1949, the son of a commercial fishermen.  The Benson family settled at Bow River in the late 1900s.  Paul has been fishing commercially on the south coast of Western Australia for the last 50+ years.  Involved in Shark, Wetline, Beach Seine, Salmon, Herring and Estuarine Fisheries.  Has been actively involved with the management of these fisheries over that time.

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Esperance

Representative

Vacant

This could be you. 

Your enquiry as to how to make this happen is welcomed.  Please email admin@sspwa.org.au to find out more.

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South West Representative

SHANE MILES

Shane hails from a long standing fishing family in the South West including  interests along the South Coast and contributes a wealth of knowledge to the SSPWA committee.

BENJAMIN PATTON

Treasurer and Metro Representative

Recently 2021, joined SSPWA as an associate member Ben brings excellent business accumen to the organisation.  Ben was nominated to the management committee and successfully appointed as Treasurer in January 2021. 

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NICK LUCAS

South West Representative

Nick holds interests in Beach Seine and Estuarine fisheries, is a highly respected industry participant and long term committee member.  Nick is an active South West Representative for SSPWA.