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Suggestions for Early Season Waters

Suggestions for Early Season Waters

by Sarah Graham

Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.

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Rock Lobster Fishery Re-opening

The recreational and commercial rock lobster fisheries in the Maria Island Biotoxin Zone re-opened from 00:01 on Saturday, 19 July 2014. This means there are no paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) closures in place on the east coast for rock lobster. The results of rock lobster sampled from the Maria Island Biotoxin zone have shown PST levels below the regulatory limit. The standing Public Health Alert from the Department of Health and Human Services recommending that people discard rock lobster gut remains in place.
 
Please continue to monitor the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738 or visit www.publichealthalerts.tas.gov.au. News regarding fishery closures and biotoxin testing will be available atwww.fishing.tas.gov.au and facebook.com/FisheriesTasmania
 
"Maria Island Biotoxin Zone" is State waters adjacent to the east coast of Tasmania bounded in the north by latitude 42º 09" 58" South (the northern end of Wineglass Bay) and bounded in the south by latitude 42º 49" 00" South (the southern end of Marion Bay), and also including all the waters within Great Oyster Bay north of latitude at 42º 09" 58" South.
 
Season Dates Reminder
Rock Lobster - The Minister for Primary Industries and Water recently announced the season dates for the 2014-15 rock lobster season.  The recreational season opens on Saturday, November 1st in the Western Region and Saturday, November 15th in the Eastern Region. 
 
A reminder that the 2014/15 recreational season for taking male rock lobster ends on 31st August, 2014.More information at: www.fishing.tas.gov.au/rec/seasons. 
 
Scallops - The recreational scallop season closes on 31 July, 2014.
 
More information?
For more information visit www.publichealthalerts.tas.gov.au or call the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
For fishery closure information, visit: www.fishing.tas.gov.au or follow the Fisheries Tasmania Facebook page at facebook.com/FisheriesTasmania;
call the Recreational Sea Fishing Line on 6165 3233 or 1300 720 647
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