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"Angling is an art - Hannah Ledger

and an art worth your learning.."

Presented from Issue 112, October 2014
So said Izaak Walton in the 1600s. It seems that Burnie’s Hannah Ledger has combined angling with art rather well. Hannah is a fish fanatic, outdoor enthusiast and budding, self-taught artist. From as young as she can remember, she has always had crayon in hand, colouring book under arm and as she’s grown as a painter, jars full of paintbrushes and cupboards full of ready-to-go blank canvas’.

A country girl at heart, Hannah was schooled at Yolla District High School, a small ‘farm’ school in the states North West, then went on to Hellyer College where she was given the opportunity to really grow her art skills; And by grow, that meant skipping the classes that would probably have more an impact of getting her somewhere in life, like English and Math to spend every spare minute with the art teacher, painting or drawing.

As typical teenagers do, they make poor decisions- and after being accepted in to one of the countries top art schools, turned down the offer and decided to move to the big island, where she lived for 5 years working in what seemed ‘dead end’ retail.

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Mercury toxicity in Bream from the Derwent River

Hi Carl, I am a semi-regular reader of your column in the Mercury (don’t read the paper on a regular basis), but I have noticed at least two photos in recent weeks of people posing with bream which have been caught in the Derwent.
The Derwent Estuary Program, which is run in part by the State Government, publishes a pamphlet on the safety of seafood from the Derwent River.  I have attached a copy for you to read, but it is available at the following link.
The most important take-home message from this pamphlet is that it is unsafe to consume any bream caught in the River Derwent, as the levels of Mercury greatly exceed food safety limits (see the graph on pg 2).
It may be that you have mentioned this in your column previously (I don’t read the paper regularly enough to know if this is the case), but even if you have previously warned about the dangers of consuming Bream from the Derwent, it may not be advisable to encourage the practice of fishing for them by publishing photos of anglers with their catch.  If you have not provided a warning recently, this may be a good time to do so, based on the photographic evidence from your own column.
Should you have any further questions, the Derwent Estuary Program can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., the Program Director is Christine Coughanowr, and the Communications Officer is Ursula Taylor, they are both very approachable and have a wealth of knowledge about the state of the river.
Best wishes, and keep up the good work, it is always enjoyable to read your column.
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