Clayton Nelson has been involved in the Australian Fishing Industry since 1980 when he went to sea as a deckhand in the Northern Prawn Fishery. Clayton progressed in the fishery to being a Master of a new 25M trawler in 1985. In 1997, he became a partner and Executive Director of ASX listed Deep Sea Fisheries Ltd, and Director Operations for Tiger Fisheries Pty Ltd. During that period, Clayton served on a number of Commonwealth Fisheries research and management committees.
In 2008, Jamaclan Marine Services was established to provide consultancy services to the Australian Fishing Industry and in 2011, in partnership with others, established a small boutique fishing company to fish for Rottnest Island Scallops off Fremantle. In 2014, Rottnest Island Scallops won the Australian Delicious awards for the best Australian Primary producer of the year. In 2011, Clayton was elected to the board of the Western Australian Fishing Industry Council, where he is the immediate past Chairman. During that period, Clayton served as General Manager (Fishing) with the MG Kailis group of companies and is currently a Senior Executive with Austral Fisheries.