Not all of our community are okay – and that’s not okay.

There are over 100 Seafood Communities around Australia

Our first goal is to achieve 50 Stay Afloat Communities and up to 100 Trusted Advocates. Ultimately the program will offer support to every member of the Commercial Seafood Community across Australia through our “by industry, for industry” model. 

The Trusted Advocates network is a wonderful supportive place for those who care for the wellbeing of those around them.  Trusted Advocates will provide a listening ear, promote wellbeing and help guide people towards the resources available through Stay Afloat and in their local area.  For more on being a Trusted Advocate – click here. 

Trusted Advocates are locals who are there to support by:

  • Having a chat – sometimes we all need an ear, and your trusted advocates know and understand the pressures you’re facing.
  • Sharing tips on wellness and stress management;
  • Helping you to connect with professional support;
  • Educating your local healthcare providers on local industry challenges so they’ll understand what you’re up against if you reach out for help.
  • Support our Trusted Advocate network and Focus Communities.

Attend local events and activities that foster human connection and wellbeing with the support of funding from our Community Resilience Fund.

Bermagui, NSW
Merimbula, NSW
Yamba, NSW
Sydney, NSW
Wollongong, NSW
Tathra, NSW
Bateman’s Bay, NSW
Ulladulla, NSW
Nelson Bay, NSW
Newcastle, NSW
Wallis Lakes, NSW
Ballina, NSW
Port Macquarie, NSW
Coffs Harbour, NSW
Maclean, NSW
Eden, NSW
Tea Gardens, NSW
Tacoma, NSW
Port Fairy, VIC
Warrnambool, VIC
Apollo Bay, VIC
Melbourne, VIC
Lakes Entrance, VIC
Mallacoota, VIC
Port Welshpool, VIC
Portland, VIC
Portland, VIC
Port Campbell, VIC
San Remo , VIC
Port Albert, VIC
Port Franklin, VIC
The Bellarine (spread over a number of small towns), VIC
Mornington Peninsula (also several towns), VIC


Esperance, WA
Augusta, WA
Dunsborough-Busselton, WA
Bunbury, WA
Mandurah, WA
Fremantle, WA
Cervantes, WA
Geraldton, WA
Hopetoun, WA
Bremer Bay, WA
Lancelin, WA
Carnarvon, WA
Exmouth, WA
Karratha / Dampier / Point Samson, WA
Port Hedland, WA
Broome, WA
Wyndham, WA
Windy Harbour, WA
Horrocks, WA
Port Macdonnell, SA
Robe/Kingston/Beachport, SA
Port Adelaide, SA
Port Lincoln, SA
Coffin Bay, SA
Streaky Bay, SA
Meningie, SA
Goolwa/Victor Harbor, SA
Kingscote, SA
Wallaroo/Port Broughton, SA
Point Turton/Stansbury, SA
Cowell/Arno Bay, SA
Port Wakefield, SA
Port Pirie, SA
Port Kenny/Venus Bay, SA
Smokey Bay, SA
Ceduna, SA
Darwin, NT
Maningrida, NT
Elizabeth Bay/ Nhulunbuy, NT
Borroloola, NT
King Island, TAS
Flinders Island, TAS
Smithton, TAS
Stanley, TAS
Devenport, TAS
Launceston, TAS
Bridport, TAS
St Helens, TAS
Bicheno, TAS
Triabunna, TAS
Dunalley, TAS
Nubeena, TAS
Hobart, TAS
Strahan, TAS
Mooloolaba, QLD
Moreton Bay, QLD
Brisbane, QLD
Townsville, QLD
Karumba, QLD
Cairns, QLD
Hervey Bay, QLD
Gold Coast, QLD
Mackay, QLD
Torres Strait / Thursday Island

Feeling blue?

You’re not alone.

Studies have shown that people in our industry experience mental health problems at twice the base rate of the general population; and almost half of those who reported problems hadn’t reached out for help because they thought no one would understand the pressures of the industry – but, we’re here to make sure they do.

As part of the Stay Afloat Australia mental health program, we’re educating healthcare workers about the Australian seafood industry, its operations and its stressors. We’re also helping them understand the history of commercial fishing in the region by providing them with resources to learn a little more about the local industry and what the life of a fisher is like.

We know better than anyone that the pressures facing the seafood industry are unique, and the stressors facing workers can vary right down to the community you work in, the fishery in which you operate, or the farm you work on. Whether you’re a long line or estuary fisher, work in the wild catch, aquaculture or post-harvest sector, you each have challenges, and that’s even before the weather changes. Our industry is unique, and we want to ensure that people understand that.