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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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fisheriesParalytic shellfish toxin (PST) levels in lobster samples collected last week from the Central East and Maria Island rock lobster biotoxin management zones are still very high and well in excess of the regulatory limit of 0.8mg/kg. The highest results were 7.1 and 5.5 mg/kg. Whilst this is a decrease from the peak levels recorded 5 weeks ago (30 October), a much greater reduction will be needed before the zones can be re-opened for fishing.

The algal bloom is continuing to persist around the lower east coast, which is likely to slow the rate at which lobsters can flush out the toxin. Data from previous blooms, as well as the current event and research tank trials, suggests that even when the bloom has disappeared, it is unlikely that lobsters in these zones will return to acceptable levels within a month, given the latest PST results.
Accordingly, it is planned to re-sample lobsters from these zones around 15 January (5 weeks from the previous sample collection).
Lower East Coast Zone is closed pending results
Lobster samples from the Lower East Coast zone are at the Laboratory in Sydney for analysis. The results are anticipated late on Monday 18th December 2018.

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Reminder: limpets, elephant snails, sea horses are protected.
A reminder to fishers that the following species are protected and must not be taken for any reason: limpet, elephant snail, seahorse, seadragon, pipehorse, pipefish, handfish, threefin blenny, Maugean skate and some sharks (great white, basking, grey nurse, megamouth and whale shark).
If you encounter or accidentally catch a protected species you must immediately and carefully return it to the water.

More information on protected species

Recreational Fisheries Section, DPIPWE
Phone: 1300 720 647
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