Mary Howard

Mary Howard is a commercial wild harvest fisherwoman on Sydney’s Hawkesbury River. She has always had a keen interest in land and water management and the future sustainability of the fisheries industry that is her family and community’s livelihood.

Mary and her husband have a prawn trawler business and have been strongly involved with and dedicated to the industry for over 30 years. During that time she has become a voice for Australia’s commercial fisheries and an advocate of their sustainability and development.

Having completed an Advanced Certificate in Aquaculture, Mary spent ten years sitting on Catchment Management Boards for the Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority and the Hawkesbury Nepean Management Forum between 2000 and 2010 and has written and presented several industry papers.

Mary was named Winner of the 2010 Sydney Fish Market Excellence in Environmental Practice Award and in 2016 received a highly commended Award, Western Sydney University, Women of the West Awards.


  • Boat building / fiberglass manufacture
  • Board and committee governance


  • Aquaculture
  • Commercial fishing
  • Catchment management
  • Consumer Fresh Food Rights


  • Graduate: Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Secretary: NSW Wild Caught Fishers Coalition
  • NSW Director: Women’s Industry Network Seafood Community
  • Former Director: Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Board
  • Finalist: 2006 NSW-ACT RIRDC Rural Women’s Award


M 0437 131 721