GFAA ELECTS TASMANIAN ANGLER AS NEW PRESIDENT.
The Game Fishing Association of Australia (GFAA) has elected the Hobart- based angler Brett Cleary to the Presidency of the organisation in its 75th year as the national administration body for the sport of game fishing in the country.
At the Association’s annual meeting held in Sydney in late October 2012, Mr Cleary was elected unopposed to the position, the first Tasmanian to achieve this high office. The experienced angler and administrator was Vice President to the retiring incumbent Mr Grahame Williams of Sydney
and has served in various Club and State Association positions, including that of President of the Tasmanian Game Fishing Association (TGFA). He is also a recently announced Australian representative of the USA- based International Game Fish Association (IGFA).
A resident of Mount Nelson, Hobart, Brett skippers his Riviera 42 game-boat “Absolut” from the Derwent Sailing Squadron in Hobart and fishes all along the Tasmanian East Coast. He campaigned his boat to the Cairns black marlin grounds in 2009, in a voyage that literally encompassed almost the entire length of the Australian eastern coastline.
The immediate focus for Brett are the political and environmental matters related to Marine Parks, recreational fishing representation and the perceived pressures by certain groups to dramatically curtail fishing activities. The recent matters related to the so-called “Super Trawler” have been a call- to- arms for recreational anglers and Brett notes that such pressures can only increase over the years.
The retiring GFAA President Grahame Williams served a record 15 years and at a ceremony at the GFAA meeting handed the traditional President’s burgee to Brett Cleary.
October 31, 2012.