Furneaux Biotoxin Zone to open Sunday 13 December 2015

Results of rock lobster taken from the Furneaux Biotoxin zone sampled on 7 December 2015 have returned biotoxin levels that will enable the fishery in that zone to open. The area to open is the Furneaux zone (north of the middle of Banks Strait) and that part of the eastern region in Bass Strait north of 40° 39’ 18” S. This area opens on Sunday, 13 December 2015 at 00.01 hrs to the taking of rock lobster. Pots may be set in the area from 13:00 hrs (i.e. 1 p.m.) Saturday, 12 December 2015; however, pots cannot be hauled or lobster taken until Sunday 00:01 hours (i.e. Sunday morning).

Status of remaining closed areas

Fisheries Situation Update – 3 December 2015

The status of the rock lobster Biotoxin Zones in the eastern region remains unchanged.
Laboratory analysis results for rock lobster samples collected from the Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Peninsula) on Monday 30 November have shown that paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) remain at unacceptable levels.
Therefore, the Lower East Coast Zone will remain closed at this time. Further sampling of rock lobster from this area will be expedited with the aim of getting results prior to the weekend of 12/13 December.

The Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Peninsula), Maria Island Zone, Upper East Zone (St Helens) and Furneaux Zone remain closed to rock lobster fishing - with no change of status likely before Sunday 13 December.

Source: http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Rock lobster biotoxin sampling update - 1 December

Biotoxin sampling yesterday saw a dive team from the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies collecting rock lobster from the Lower East Coast Zone (Tasman Peninsula). Toxin analysis is done in Sydney at the only certified Australian laboratory and takes several days. Results for these samples may be received either late this Friday or not until the following Monday. If the results return acceptable levels, the earliest possible status change for the Lower East Coast Zone is Sunday 6 December. Alternatively, if the levels are high, this area will remain closed.
Source : http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Biotoxin PST sampling update

The entire Eastern Region (east of Point Sorell around to Whale Head) remains closed to rock lobster fishing due to elevated levels of biotoxins.
Source : http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

Biotoxins delay rock lobster season opening

Source :http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/sea-fishing-aquaculture/sustainable-fisheries-management/Biotoxin-Fishery-Events

The opening of the recreational rock lobster season in the Eastern Region (waters eastward of Point Sorell and Whale Head) scheduled for 21 November 2015 has been postponed due to elevated levels of paralytic shellfish toxins (PST) measured in rock lobster and bivalve indicator species.
Results obtained as of Monday 9 November indicate elevated PST levels in rock lobster and bivalve shellfish across a wider area of the East Coast and particularly high levels in areas in the north east. These results mean that the sampling area must now be expanded further to determine the extent of the harmful algal bloom and biotoxin levels in lobsters.

Report to Anglers Alliance 8/11/2015

Please find attached to this link the report from IFS to the Anglers Alliance for the meeting held 8/11/2015

New Members for our Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee

The Recreational Fishery Advisory Committee (RecFAC) provides advice to the Minister and the Department on recreational sea fishing management matters including fishery reviews and management policy.  Expressions of interest for up to to 9 recreational fishing members are sought for RecFAC.   If fishers have a broad range of fishing experience, a strategic view on fishing matters and feel like contributing advice along with experts from DPIPWE, IMAS and Marine Police they are encouraged to apply.   All new members will be drawn from the recreational fishing community.

Scalefish Management Plan Amendments 2015

Following a major review and extensive consultation, a new Scalefish Fishery Management Plan, the Fisheries (Scalefish) Rules 2015 will be implemented in Tasmania from 1 November. 
The rule changes aim to improve fishing practices and the sustainability of fish stocks
The scalefish fishery encompasses both the recreational and commercial sectors fishing in State waters, covering all gear types associated with the taking of scalefish species, size and catch limits and licensing requirements.

This information is from the Tasmanian Government web site Sea Fishing & Aquaculture Scalefish Management Plan Amendments

Summary of Changes

Wave Charts on MetEye

The Bureau of Meteorology has released new wave charts on its MetEye system.
Read about them here http://media.bom.gov.au/social/blog/844/on-a-roll-meteye-adds-new-swell-maps-and-wave-forecasts-to-skippers-planning-toolbox/
Visit MetEye here http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/meteye/ and select waves from the left hand menu.

Junior Anglers Day

Anglers Alliance Tasmania is co-ordinating a free State wide junior angling day on 11 October 2015. The day will feature a number of locations across the state being stocked with trout by the Inland Fisheries Service for juniors 17 years of age and under to experience the good chance of catching a wily trout. This day will also be a great opportunity for children who are interested in fishing but don’t necessarily come from a fishing family, to come along and receive some guidance from experienced anglers on how they might approach trout fishing. Bait and some fishing gear will be provided along with giveaways and soft drinks. All parents need to do is to bring the kids along between 10am and 3pm to one of the following venues:-

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