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Northern Australian fishing and a few free tips to help

Dean Martin
As winter sets in, many Tasmanian anglers take a northern sojourn as a way of escaping the winter blues and adding a trophy tropical sport fish to their species lists. Many direct their endeavours on what many consider the nation's premier sportfish, the barramundi. The Northern Territory is the el-dorado, but many are also focusing their attention to the man made impoundments of Northern Queensland. Others target equally desirous species as queenfish, giant trevally and other saltwater or estuary species which based on the number of articles in the various national publications is a matter of turning up and tossing a lure in the nearest billabong, estuary or dam and winding them in.

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When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing - tasfish.com

Arthurs Lake TI Intake Works

If you see earth moving equipment at the Arthurs irrigation outlet here's the explanation from Hydro​ to Anglers Alliance Tas.
Angler Alliance Tasmania’s ​had ​concerns about the civil works that are currently being undertaken on the Midlands Irrigation Scheme off​-​take at Arthurs Lake, namely that the works may facilitate access to water below the agreed cease to take level.

Maria Island Biotoxin Zone to Open Thursday 14 January 2016

Source : http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Results of rock lobster taken from the Maria Island Biotoxin Zone sampled on 4 January 2016 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zoneto open.
This is the last of the closed biotoxin zones and hence all the east coast will be open for rock lobster fishing.
The last zone to open is the Maria Island Biotoxin Zone, south of a line at Wineglass Bay at 42° 10’ South and north of a line at Marion Bay at 42° 49’ South – please see map.

Festive Season Fishing Reminders

The Wild Fisheries Management Branch wish all fishers a safe and happy holiday period. A big thank you to those who took the time to contribute to fisheries management in Tasmania during 2015, especially the outgoing members of the Recreational Fisheries Advisory Committee (RecFAC), other FAC members and fishers who provided input into the new Scalefishery Management Plan and Rock Lobster catch limits.
Source : http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/

Upper East Biotoxin Zone Opening

Source and further information: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Results of rock lobster taken from the Upper East Biotoxin Zone (around St Helens) sampled on 14 December 2015 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zone to open.
The area to open is the Upper East Biotoxin Zone, south of a line at Red Rocks at 41° 01’ South and north of a line at Picaninny Point at 41° 40’ South – please see map.
This area opens on Sunday 20 December 2015 at 00.01 hrs to the taking of rock lobster. Pots may be set in the area from 13:00 hrs (i.e. 1 p.m.) Saturday 19 December 2015, however, pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Sunday 00:01 hours (i.e. Sunday morning).

Opening of Lower East Coast Biotoxin Zone on 19th Dec 2015

Source and further information: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Results of rock lobster taken from the Lower East Coast biotoxin zone sampled on 9 December 2015 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zone to open.
The area to open is the Lower East Coast Biotoxin Zone, south of a line at Marion Bay at 42° 49’ South to Tasman Island, connecting with the area already opened in Storm Bay – please see the map below.

This area opens on Saturday, 19 December 2015 at 00.01 hrs to the taking of rock lobster. Pots may be set in the area from 13:00 hrs (1 p.m.) Friday 18 December 2015, however, pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Saturday 00:01 hours (Saturday morning).

Do you eat lobster mustard?

If so the experts would like to talk to you!
In April the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI) conducted an on-line survey on rock lobster (crayfish) consumption.
Analysis of the results has shown a very interesting difference in how lobsters are consumed between lobster fishing areas. In the Tasmanian Western Region, 21% of respondents stated they eat the mustard (the hepatopancreas or liver-like organ). In the Eastern Region, 15% consume the mustard. In South Australia, only 5% consume this part of the lobster (the picture above shows mustard being used as a sauce).

Furneaux Biotoxin Zone to open Sunday 13 December 2015

Results of rock lobster taken from the Furneaux Biotoxin zone sampled on 7 December 2015 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zone to open. The area to open is the Furneaux zone (north of the middle of Banks Strait) and that part of the eastern region in Bass Strait north of 40° 39’ 18” S. This area opens on Sunday, 13 December 2015 at 00.01 hrs to the taking of rock lobster. Pots may be set in the area from 13:00 hrs (i.e. 1 p.m.) Saturday, 12 December 2015; however, pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Sunday 00:01 hours (i.e. Sunday morning).

Status of remaining closed areas

Fisheries Situation Update – 3 December 2015

The status of the rock lobster Biotoxin Zones in the eastern region remains unchanged.
Laboratory analysis results for rock lobster samples collected from the Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Peninsula) on Monday 30 November have shown that paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) remain at unacceptable levels.
Therefore, the Lower East Coast Zone will remain closed at this time. Further sampling of rock lobster from this area will be expedited with the aim of getting results prior to the weekend of 12/13 December.

The Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Peninsula), Maria Island Zone, Upper East Zone (St Helens) and Furneaux Zone remain closed to rock lobster fishing - with no change of status likely before Sunday 13 December.

Source: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Rock lobster biotoxin sampling update - 1 December

Biotoxin sampling yesterday saw a dive team from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies collecting rock lobster from the Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Peninsula). Toxin analysis is done in Sydney at the only certified Australian laboratory and takes several days. Results for these samples may be received either late this Friday or not until the following Monday. If the results return acceptable levels, the earliest possible status change for the Lower East Coast Zone is Sunday 6 December. Alternatively, if the levels are high, this area will remain closed.
Source : http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Biotoxin PST sampling update

The entire Eastern Region (east of Point Sorell around to Whale Head) remains closed to rock lobster fishing due to elevated levels of biotoxins.
Source : http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Biotoxins delay rock lobster season opening

Source :http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

The opening of the recreational rock lobster season in the Eastern Region (waters eastward of Point Sorell and Whale Head) scheduled for 21 November 2015 has been postponed due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) measured in rock lobster and bivalve indicator species.
Results obtained as of Monday 9 November indicate elevated PST levels in rock lobster and bivalve shellfish across a wider area of the East Coast and particularly high levels in areas in the north east. These results mean that the sampling area must now be expanded further to determine the extent of the harmful algal bloom and biotoxin levels in lobsters.

Report to Anglers Alliance 8/11/2015

Please find attached to this link the report from IFS to the Anglers Alliance for the meeting held 8/11/2015

New Members for our Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee

The Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) provides advice to the Minister and the Department on recreational sea fishing management matters including fishery reviews and management policy.  Expressions of interest for up to to 9 recreational fishing members are sought for RecFAC.   If fishers have a broad range of fishing experience, a strategic view on fishing matters and feel like contributing advice along with experts from DPIPWE, IMAS and Marine Police they are encouraged to apply.   All new members will be drawn from the recreational fishing community.

Scalefish Management Plan Amendments 2015

Following a major review and extensive consultation, a new Scalefish Fishery Management Plan, the Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015 will be implemented in Tasmania from 1 November. 
The rule changes aim to improve fishing practices and the sustainability of fish stocks
The scalefish fishery encompasses both the recreational and commercial sectors fishing in State waters, covering all gear types associated with the taking of scalefish species, size and catch limits and licensing requirements.

This information is from the Tasmanian Government web site Sea Fishing & Aquaculture Scalefish Management Plan Amendments

Summary of Changes

Wave Charts on MetEye

The Bureau of Meteorology has released new wave charts on its MetEye system.
Read about them here http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/844/on-a-roll-meteye-adds-new-swell-maps-and-wave-forecasts-to-skippers-planning-toolbox/
Visit MetEye here http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/ and select waves from the left hand menu.

Junior Anglers Day

Anglers Alliance Tasmania is co-ordinating a free State wide junior angling day on 11 October 2015. The day will feature a number of locations across the state being stocked with trout by the Inland Fisheries Service for juniors 17 years of age and under to experience the good chance of catching a wily trout. This day will also be a great opportunity for children who are interested in fishing but don’t necessarily come from a fishing family, to come along and receive some guidance from experienced anglers on how they might approach trout fishing. Bait and some fishing gear will be provided along with giveaways and soft drinks. All parents need to do is to bring the kids along between 10am and 3pm to one of the following venues:-

Gillnetting in Tasmania has caused impacts on species

Research has shown gillnetting in Tasmania has caused impacts on species.

Read the report here

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AAT-CamerasAnglers Alliance Tasmania Webcams

See the weather conditions at ten fishing locations on one page.
Anglers Alliance Tasmania now has ten cameras operating around Tasmania. You can check them out at anglersalliance.org.au and go to individual webcam pages or see them all on one screen. Run your mouse across each image to see a timeline for the day from sunrise to current time.
Just recently there were deer grazing at Penstock Lagoon in front of the camera.
http://anglersalliance.org.au/tasmanian-lakes-rivers-webcams/

Anglers Alliance Tasmania - Working for your trout fishery

Latest News from the IFS

  

Improvements made to Lake Crescent Canal entrance
Jul 31, 2015

Improvements made to Lake Crescent Canal entrance

With great support from MAST, IFS has been able to considerably improve the entrance into the launching canal at Lake Crescent. A steel post that was situated about two thirds of the way across the ...

 
Middle and top boat ramps at Lake Echo closed for opening weekend
Jul 30, 2015

Middle and top boat ramps at Lake Echo closed for opening weekend

A report has just come in that the middle and top boat ramps at Lake Echo are unusable due to a large amount of log debris that has been left at both these sites. IFS is coordinating the removal of ...

 
Opening of the trout season – Northwest options
Jul 30, 2015

Opening of the trout season – Northwest options

Northwest coast angler should not have to travel too far from their home to get amongst the fishing action this year. With the weather not looking great for the highlands it may be a better option to ...

 
Opening of the trout season – Northern opportunities
Jul 29, 2015

Opening of the trout season – Northern opportunities

Launceston based anglers and those living in the north of the state have a large range of options within an hour’s drive of the city. With the weather looking bleak for the Central Plateau this ...

 
Opening of the trout season – Southern opportunities
Jul 29, 2015

Opening of the trout season – Southern opportunities

With the brown trout season opening on Saturday 1 August there are plenty of opportunities for southern anglers that do not want to venture too far. The River Derwent always fishes well in the ...

Rock Lobster Fishery Closure for Biotoxin Testing

Elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) have been found in shellfish on a marine farm in Mercury Passage on the East Coast.

Under protocols developed for managing the rock lobster fishery, the commercial and recreational lobster fisheries will be closed in the Maria Island Biotoxin Zone to allow lobster to be taken and tested for PST.

The rock lobster fishery in the Maria Island Biotoxin Zone will be closed as from 00:01 on Saturday 8 August 2015. Pots must be pulled before midnight on Friday night 7 August 2015.

Please check with the following link for further details

http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

AMEC-consumer-labellingBoating Industry joins Garden Equipment industry to support National Clean Air Agenda

Environment Minister Greg Hunt addressed the BIAV Industry breakfast today, announcing his first Clean Air Champion, Gary Fooks.A key element of the Ministers National Clean Air Agenda, the Clean Air Champions will play a key role between Government, Industry and the Public.Gary is a founding member of AMEC and chairman of the Blue Sky Alliance– the body that links together the Outdoor Power Equipment Association and AMEC, working together toward the day we have emissions standards for non-road engines.

Australian Recreational Fishers Party

We are a wide ranging group of people who believe in sustainable fishing. We want our Recreational fishing to be there in years to come. We also want a strong and sustainable commercial fishing industry. We come from all parties and backgrounds, we are non aligned.

Most of all we want to be heard. We want our politicians to think long term. Our current big parties do not listen, so maybe they will listen now. We are setting up to "Protect the Future"

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