Ever lost fish to seals? What were you fishing for? Are there more seals than there used to be? What should be done to manage seal-fisheries interactions?
Fishery researchers at the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies need help from fishers to answer these and other questions for their investigation into seal-fisheries interactions in Tasmania. Participation is anonymous.
Please complete the survey which only takes about 15 minutes.

A new boat launching ramp has been developed to help recreational boaters and anglers enter yingina/Great Lake at lower water levels.

Hydro Tasmania and the Inland Fisheries Service have developed the new launching ramp at Boundary Bay, at a shared cost of $15,000.

The new ramp is about 300 metres east of the existing Boundary Bay launching area, and allows boats to be launched safely and efficiently when water levels in yingina/Great Lake are as low as 18.9 metres from full (the lake is currently about 17m from full).

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) representing Australia’s recreational fishing community today released its Platform for the upcoming Federal Election.  The Platform titled “Go Fishing - It’s great for you and our nation” focuses on increasing the recognition of recreational fishing with the Government and the community. 

Allan Hansard, Managing Director of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation said “Australia’s 5 million strong recreational fishing community contributes an estimated $10 billion to Australia’s local communities each year. In addition, there is growing evidence that recreational fishing is also good for your health and wellbeing. In other words, everyone benefits from going for a fish! “ Click here for the PDF

Information from http://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/trout-weekend/come-along-to-trout-weekend-liaweenee-great-lake
 Come and see hundreds of brown trout on their annual spawning migration in Tasmania’s central highlands.

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May 2016
10am – 3pm daily
Free entry

There is something for the whole family at Trout Weekend, its not just for anglers!

Shellfish Biotoxin Research Survey and other News

Biotoxin researchers need help from Tassie fishers who are out there on the water taking and eating rock lobster.
SARDI (South Australian Research & Development Institute) are assessing the risk of eating lobsters during a biotoxin outbreak. A 2015 survey showed that 21% of Western Region fishers eat the liver (or mustard) and only 15% in the Eastern Region. By comparison, in South Australia only 5% consume this part of the lobster.
SARDI are now doing a follow-up survey to learn more including to see if eating habits have changed due to recent biotoxin events.
Please complete the survey which only takes 5 minutes.

Dr Sarah Richards Presentation to Anglers Alliance Tasmania at the February 2016 GM

Attached to this link is a PDF of the presentation from Dr Sarah Richards

Tasmania PWS advise not to use Western Lakes tracks

On their Facebook page, Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service have issued the following parks and track closure notice for 20 January 2016.

Source: http://www.ifs.tas.gov.au/news/tasmania-pws-advise-not-to-use-western-lakes-tracks

WALLS OF JERUSALEM NATIONAL PARK AND THE CENTRAL PLATEAU CONSERVATION AREA

Due to a bushfire in the Mersey Forest Road area, the Walls of Jerusalem National Park and part of the Central Plateau Conservation Area (Lake McKenzie) have been closed. The following tracks are closed until further notice:
Devills Gullett Walking Track, South Mole Creek (Yeates track), Parsons Track, Higgs Track, Western Creek Track, Little Fisher Track, Walls of Jerusalem main track, Lake Myrtle track, Moses Creek Track, Lees Paddocks Track, Explorer Creek Route and Blue Peaks Route.
Fisherman are also advised to avoid using Pillans Lake Track to access Lake Field, Julians and Pillans Lake within the Central Plateau Conservation Area.
Liffey Falls: the road into Liffey Falls and the campground are closed.

The highlighted section above is of particular interest to anglers. This area can be popular for vehicular and walking access at this time of year. Check PWS website and Facebook page for updates.

Closure of boat ramps at Great Lake 20 January 2016

Source: http://www.hydro.com.au/about-us/news/2016-01/closure-boat-ramps-great-lake
Hydro Tasmania advises that only one formally recognised boat ramp remains open at Great Lake.

Prior to Christmas, Cramps Bay and Swan Bay boat ramps were closed, following advice from Marine and Safety Tasmania and the Inland Fisheries Service that they are not usable at current water levels. This month, Tods Corner, Haddens Bay and Brandum Bay boat ramps have been closed. The five ramps will remain closed until water levels increase.

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