On the marine journey

This week, read about NACC’s Michael ‘Mic’ Payne…

“I started my career in marine science as a kid – swimming, fishing and hanging out at the beach whenever I could,” he said.

“Some time on commercial fishing boats led to an interest in fish farming, which in turn led to a PhD in Environmental Science and then ten years of commercial seahorse aquaculture in Kalbarri with my partner Wendy.

“The 2008 Global Financial Crisis helped decide the fate of that venture, so here I am on the next stage of my marine journey.”

Mic started work at NACC in 2012 as a Coastal Project Officer and moved into his current role of Coastal and Marine Program Coordinator in early 2014.


“It is a challenging role that requires me to coordinate a team that improves the coastal environment via activities such as supporting Coastcare groups, undertaking weed control, revegetation and maintaining community monitoring programs,” Dr Payne said.

“The best part about my job is the energy you get from working closely with passionate co-workers and community members towards a common goal of improving management of our fragile coastal environments.”

And when Mic is not out looking after the coast, he can often be found near a guitar.

“Playing music takes up much of the time I am not at work,” he said.


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