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Upsizing your flathead catches

John Orchard
Flathead are the mainstay of the recreational fishery and whilst many people target other species on a regular basis, everyone loves a good feed of "flattie" and everyone hopes to catch that elusive monster flathead - The Lizard.
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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

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"

Inland Fisheries Service Report Anglers Alliance Meeting May 3 2015

Hot Topics Trout Weekend

TW15 will be held on Saturday 16 & Sunday 17 May 2015 from 10am – 3pm daily. At around 1pm on the Saturday Deputy Premier Jeremy Rockliff will be drawing the winner of the angling licence promotion Ford Ranger.

Tasmanian Aquaculture Regulator Failing – Leaked Salmon Company Emails Expose Problems

Environment Tasmania is calling on the Tasmanian Government to intervene and reduce farmed salmon numbers in Macquarie Harbour as leaked documents highlight impacts on the environment, fish health and salmon companies.
A leaked email from Huon Aquaculture and Petuna Seafoods CEO’s to Premier Will Hodgman and Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff acknowledges:
“We are very concerned about the waterway we rely on…
The reason why the Review was never completed is because the environment conditions in MH were deteriorating at such a rate it was decided to set up the MH DO (Dissolved Oxygen) Working Group to investigate what the problem was…

TROUT & SALMON PHOTO COMP LAUNCH

Trout Guides & Lodges Tasmania with major sponsors Huon Aquaculture have launched a state-wide, national and international photographic competition to recognize and reward anglers for participation in their passion during the current 150th anniversary of trout in Tassie. “We see this competition as an fitting opportunity to bring the 150th year of trout fishing, includung angling memories of the past to a rewarding conclusion” Says TGALT promotions officer, Roger Butler

“Check out the albums, scan those old prints, take the camera or mobile with you next time – those freshwater fishing shots could reward you with something special. Up to $10,000 worth of cash and give-a-ways are in the prizes mix.” Butler added. 
A PDF Flyer is available here

Outboard emissions standards move a step closer

From Australia Marine Engine Council - towards sustainable boating http://www.marinecouncil.org.au

Environment Minister Greg Hunt announced today an Agreement between the state and federal ministers that will see emissions standards for outboards on the table by mid 2015. According to the Ministers’ announcement: “Governments will complete work by mid 2015 to develop emissions control measures for: non-road spark ignition engines and equipment.” (Non road spark ignition engines will include outboards petrol engines from lawn mowers to generators.)
“We welcome the business certainty that engine emissions standards are at last on a timetable” said AMEC Chair David Heyes. Congratulating the Minister he added, “Greg Hunt is providing direction and is keeping to his schedule.”

Life Jacket Awareness Day

The Life jacket Awareness day is fast approaching and will be held on Friday 27 February from 12 noon until around 2.30 pm at the Sullivans Cove public pontoon near T42/Fish Frenzy, Elizabeth Pier.
The day will give boat owners, crews, employers in the industry a better understanding of how lifejackets perform when wearing different types of clothing when entering the water.
If there is anyone who wants to actively participate as a ‘test subject’ in the demonstrations that has not already contacted MAST, please let me know. There will be the full support from Surf Life Saving Tasmania first aiders. Towels will be available for use by participants and showers are being arranged with Tasports.

Tasmanian Recreational Fishing Survey

The Wild Fisheries Management Branch and the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies have released the results of the 2012-13 Tasmanian Recreational Fishing Survey.
Over 3000 Tasmanian households were surveyed between November 2012 and October 2013 to see if they fish recreationally. 780 of these households, representing over 2000 persons then provided details of their fishing activities over a 12 month period.

Amongst the main findings of the survey:

Coasts for Comment - Celebrating Coasts and Stimulating Discussion
Wednesday 3 December

What and Who: An event to celebrate the efforts of coastal and marine conservation efforts and to raise awareness of critical issues

A range of speakers will present on topics including cooking foods from our coast, coastal climate change adaptation, Aboriginal connections to the coast, managing marine debris, balancing up aquaculture practices, and more. The event aims to challenge thinking, build knowledge, and inspire people to keep working together to care for our coastal and marine environments.

Angling Hall of Fame Inductions

Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Primary Industries and Water - 22 November 2014

Since the first trout hatched in Tasmania 150 years ago our state has forged a reputation for being our country's premier trout fishing destination.
It is only fitting that we acknowledge and celebrate the fishers who have helped to achieve this world renowned reputation.
I congratulate all those who have helped shape Tasmania's trout fishery in this celebratory year, and pay a special tribute to Les Monson and Ian French who have been posthumously inducted into the Angling Hall of Fame.

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