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Mangrove Jack Research in NSW

Toby Piddocke from the National Marine Science Centre at Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour is conducting a three-year research project on the biology and movements of Mangrove Jack in NSW.

We can help with his research by providing any Mangrove Jack frames (filleted skeletons with head and guts intact) we selectively spear. Toby is not asking anyone to kill a Mangrove Jack they would otherwise release or not shoot.

This research covers the entire NSW coastline, so it’s important that frames are collected from as many areas as possible. Of particular interest are frames from Sydney and South Coast.

If you can help and donate a frame, just fillet the fish (please leave head and guts intact), put the frame in a plastic bag (an ordinary shopping bag is fine) and put it in the freezer.

Then contact Toby using the details below, and he will arrange to collect the fish at a time and place convenient for you. Everyone who donates a frame will be eligible to win a ‘mangrove jack research’ t-shirt. Continue reading Mangrove Jack Research in NSW

Information Session: Collaborative research project between USFA and CSIRO

When: Thursday 15 November
Arrive: 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start
Duration: Approx 1 hour including questions
Where: ASHFIELD WESTS LEAGUES CLUB, 115 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield, NSW Sydney Australia (Proceed to level one)
What else: Bring a dive buddy
You will hear:

  • What has really changed since the 60’s?
  • Will these changes affect your future fishing opportunities?
  • Specifically how USFA (spearo) data has contributed to this project.

Continue reading Information Session: Collaborative research project between USFA and CSIRO

2012 Frog Dive Coral Sea trip catches an Australian Black Marlin record

A 230kg ‘pending’ Australian spearfishing record Black Marlin was speared by Andrew (Amod) Moderer on the latest Frog Dive Coral Sea spearfishing trip.

The previous Australian spearfishing record was held by our own Ian ‘Pucko’ Puckeridge coming in at 150kgs caught at Long Reef back in 2007.

The fish was speared with a 1.4m Rob Allen speargun with a Riffe 7.5mm shaft and Riffe slip tip onboard the Eastern Voyager.

Congratulations Amod!
Continue reading 2012 Frog Dive Coral Sea trip catches an Australian Black Marlin record

Mulloway Submissions for DPI

Guys below is a link where you can read about current views on salvaging the Mulloway fishery and the ability to have your say on the Mulloway. The document mentions to us that they are seriously considering having a bag limit of one over 70cm. That is not on for spearfishers (not me anyway). I personally think 2 over 75cm would be good. Once over 75cm there is a very good chance the fish has spawned at least once.
Anyway great if you could read the views and have a comment, it is informative reading for you and on the bottom of the document there is a link where you can complete an online submission, mark your interest as spearfishing ; )

Frequently-asked-questions-and-options-for-management-changes.doc

Online Submission Form

Good hunting!
Simon Trippe

This Is Your Last Chance To Stop The Lock Up!

 Sorry to have to get all political again here guys, but recreational fishermen are about to get locked out of massive areas of Australian waters. And all this while the federal Government has given the green light to a super trawler so it can plunder our waters! What’s happening here is just plain wrong, and we need to all get together to stop it. Marine reserves should be implemented with proper scientific planning and processes, and that is just not happening. In just a few days on September 10, we’ll be locked out of huge areas of Australian waters unless we stand up and say no. The only way to try and stop this is to take 60 seconds and make a very quick submission through the Keep Australia Fishing website to lodge your protest. People power is the only way to make the politicians take notice here. Please share this link on all your own Facebook pages, and spread the word!

http://www.keepaustraliafishing.com.au/index.php/take-action/campaigns/campaign-1-don-t-lock-us-out

Simon Trippe

 

An update 11th Sept 2012: Environment Minister Tony Burke accused of trashing marine science after slapping a ban on super trawler Abel Tasman

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/business/labor-to-ban-super-trawler-abel-tasman-from-australian-waters/story-e6frfm1i-1226471683034#ixzz268tHatxT

Port Botany Container Terminal Expansion Project

Sydney Ports has been working with users to further improve the operation of this state of the art facility. Based on user feedback, the southern pontoon will be relocated to the outer edge of the ramp to include all four lanes between the pontoons. This will increase the clear width of the ramp between the pontoons to improve the turning area for larger vessels on launching.
Construction works on the pontoon relocation are expected to commence in early July 2012 and scheduled to be completed by September 2012.
Port Botany Boat Ramp will remain open throughout the works. The available launch space between the two pontoons will be reduced to undertake these improvements.
Public access to the breakwater to the south of the boat ramp will be restricted during this time. Continue reading Port Botany Container Terminal Expansion Project

Keep Australia Fishing organisation launched

Fishing Legend Rex Hunt Spearheads National Organisation To Fight For Angler Rights & Protect Our Fishing Heritage
Keep Australia Fishing (KAF), a national lobbying and advocacy organisation representing Australia’s five million recreational anglers, will fight against politically motivated antifishing campaigns while highlighting environmental issues threatening our waterways and fish stocks.

To be launched on June 30 and supported by a national advertising campaign, KAF will
initially campaign against Minister Burke’s proposed federal Marine Parks network. These
marine parks plans threaten to lock Australian anglers and their families out of vast areas of ocean in northern and south-western Australia. Continue reading Keep Australia Fishing organisation launched