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Sea runners - Early Season Excitement - Christopher Bassano

Presented from Issue 100
Considering the world class quality of our sea trout fishery, these fish are not sought after by enough anglers. Sea runners live in the salt water and run up our estuaries and rivers from the start of August to the middle of November. At this time of the year, they are here to eat the many species of fish that are either running up the rivers to spawn or are living in and around the estuary systems. Trout, both sea run and resident (Slob Trout) feed heavily on these small fish which darken in colouration as they move further into fresh water reaches.

The majority of these predatory fish are brown trout with rainbows making up a very small percentage of the catch. They can be found all around the state but it would be fair to say that the east coast is the least prolific of all the areas. They still run up such rivers as the Georges (and many others) but their numbers along with the quality of the fishing elsewhere make it difficult to recommend the area above the larger northern, southern and western rivers.

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Do you fish around Maria Island?

My name is Sarah Pendred and I am an honours student from the Australian Maritime College. I am currently researching the application of stakeholder preferences in the management of the Maria Island Marine Nature Reserve. I will be looking at preferences of 4 groups of stakeholders; researchers, fishers, managers and environmental NGOs.
See attached PDF poster HERE

I am emailing you because I am wondering if a representative from TASFISH would be willing to take part in my research as a representative of the fishers group. Participation would involve meeting with me at a time and place most convenient for you where I will discuss the context of the research study and you will be provided with an information sheet. Following this, if you choose to be involved with the study you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey. Participation will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Your input into this research study could assist in achieving better and fairer management outcomes for the Maria Island Marine Nature Reserve. If you would like to participate or require more information please contact me via return email or on 0403568420. If you would like to speak with one of my research supervisors, their contact details are as follows:

Sarah Fischer 6324 3921 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Andy Fischer 6324 392 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Chris Burke 6324 3806 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additionally, if you can recommend anyone else who might be able to participate in my research as a representative of either your stakeholder group or another one, please feel free to send me their contact information.

I was also hoping to circulate this information to other recreational fishers either through your website, facebook etc and I have attached some information in a poster format.

I look forward to hearing from you soon. Any participation or assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards,
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