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Presented from Issue 96
Traditionally the age old art of fish taxidermy has involved the preserving, mounting and painting of the fishes skin and head to craft a life like trophy. In more recent times fibreglass fish reproductions or ‘repro’s’ have become available, offering the trophy hunter a viable alternative. Indeed, a well crafted repro can look as good and natural as a well made skin mount.

I was inspired to touch on this subject after hearing secondhand comments that ‘skin mounts don’t last!’ That’s true if the mount wasn’t made correctly in the first place. We’ve all seen the withered and colourless mounts hanging on pub and tackle shop walls, of hardly recognisable specimens caught 20 or 30 yrs ago, and in some cases not that long ago. Well, fish taxidermy has come a long way since those days, with modern techniques and products developed specifically for the industry there is no reason why a properly crafted skin mount should not last a lifetime.

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REDMAP - The place to report uncommon fish and get prizes

REDMAP (Range Expansion Database and Mapping Project), is a new interactive website designed to collect data from the community about how climate change may be influencing the distribution of marine species in Tasmanian waters.
Many species are undergoing range expansions or shifts in their distributional range, with those more often associated with waters around Victoria, South Australia and even New South Wales being more frequently caught or seen by local fishers and divers in Tasmania. There are also species that are usually present in the north of our state moving much further south. In fact, there is evidence to suggest that several dozen species have altered their usual geographical ranges over the last few decades.

IFS Hatchery and Stocking Report, May 2010

  by Sarah Graham - Inland Fisheries Service

As the weather cools and water temperatures begin to drop, the activities of Inland Fisheries hatchery staff are hotting up! Hatchery work of fish feeding and grading has increased over recent weeks, along with fish transfers to allocated waters, and the job of harvesting eggs from spawning wild brown trout in the Central Plateau, has come earlier than in recent years.

Draft Boating Infrastructure Plan released for Comment

by Sarah Graham (IFS)
Marine and Safety Tasmania (MAST), Hydro and IFS have recently conducted an audit and inspection of boating facilities on Tasmania’s lakes and lagoons. From this process a Draft Boating Infrastructure Plan has been developed giving details of each location and recommendations for future maintenance and development. The Plan, which will guide the three organisations in respect of funding priorities for boating facilities into the future, is available for comment until 30 May 2010 by recreational boaters.

Supporting Australia’s recreational fishing industry

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Tony Burke released on Wednesday the 31st of March 2010, a draft discussion paper to help shape the future of the recreational fishing industry in Australia.

IFS News

Recent stocking, carp news, boat ramps, kids pond and more.

New Ministerial Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee appointed (Marine).

The Minister of Fisheries and Primary Industries has appointed new
membership for the Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee. Overall
there were 25 nominations for the 9 recreational fisheries positions.
The appointment for the Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee is in
the table below.

Inland Fisheries News - stocking, PFD blitz and more

Trophy Fish Stocked into Brushy Lagoon

Brushy Lagoon received 200 trophy size fish on Monday 15 February - 150 rainbow trout and 50 Atlantic salmon - with an average weight of 4 kg! These quality fish were donated by Sevrup Fisheries, a subsiduary of Petuna.

MAST Boating Weather - Think SAFETY - Phone BEFORE you go

Southern Tasmania 6233 9955   Northern Tasmania 6323 2555

North-west Tasmania 6498 7755    Eastern Tasmania 6376 0555

Recreational marine fisheries news

Spawning closure for east coast calamari and squid

The commercial and recreational southern calamari and squid fisheries will be closed in an area off Tasmania's east coast from 15 October to 14 November (inclusive) to protect southern calamari at their peak spawning time.

How about nominating for RecFAC?

The Minister for Primary Industries and Water is currently seeking nominations to fill nine vacancies for recreational fisheries representatives on the Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC).

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