Felicity Horn (right) working with DPIRD's Mervi Kangas on a prawn survey
Meet your WAFIC Board: Felicity Horn
Working alongside fishermen has been an almost daily part of life for Felicity, having grown up in a commercial fishing family in Dongara and to a lesser degree, Point Samson.
This lifelong journey within the WA fishing community is reflected in Felicity’s passion for the industry and its people, which underpins her understanding of the functionality of the seafood sector and those who work within the industry.
Felicity spent a decade working in another field, including running her own business for a number of years before changing careers to commercial fishing. After completing an aquatic science degree at Curtin University, Felicity started working in WAFIC’s Resource Access area in 2001. Much of this role was spent in the regions with fishermen on access issues covering everything from resource sharing, bycatch management to new infrastructure developments.
The main driver for stepping into the role of Director was seeing decisions made where industry hadn’t been given the opportunity to provide input. She believes it is imperative that the industry is not only consulted, but involved in all decisions where businesses could be affected.
Since joining the Board in November 2019, she was pleased to see some progress being made in a number of areas including addressing these previous issues around consultation. Also, focus on protecting fishermen’s access by re-affirming Government’s commitment to important resource access policies.
Felicity is the current Executive Officer of Shark Bay Prawn Trawler Operators’ Association (SBPTOA), a position she has held since 2016.