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 Carp Report Oct/Dec 2014

Please find attached the Tasmanian Carp Report

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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