by Sarah Graham
Many anglers are preparing for the opening of the new angling season on Saturday 7 August and it's shaping up to be another good one with the fishery in excellent health as a result of last year’s drought breaking rains. There are many great fishing locations around the State from which to choose for the opening weekend and early season fishing but here are a few suggestions.
Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing IncThe Rock Lobster Management Plan Review commenced in April 2009 with the current set of rules in place until February 2011. Since the review commenced TARFish have been involved in meetings with the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DIPWE) and the Tasmanian Rock Lobster Fisherman’s Association (TRLFA), the commercial rock lobster fishers. The meetings have been to understand the issues the fishery faces and what measures may be required to ensure the rock lobster fishery is sustainable for all stakeholders into the future.
Government plans to reduce recreational rock lobster catch Tasmanian fisheries managers have determined the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery is over fished. Around 92.5% of rock lobster taken is by commercial fishers and the remainder by recreational methods. The Government plans to reduce the daily recreational bag limit from 5 to 4, despite the recreational share NEVER having reached its limit. Please read the attached and if you are a recreational rock lobster fisher make sure you attend one of the meetings. The dates are in the attached paper. We will put up some of the important points and further opinions here before these meetings start.
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Recently Atlantic salmon seems to be a very hot topic amongst local anglers, especially those in the south of the state in the D'Entrecasteaux area. Northern anglers should take a close look at the Tamar as there are opportunities here as well.
The recent "great escape" has provided a perfect opportunity for fresh and saltwater anglers alike to experience some truly memorable sport. Tasmania's pristine, clean and cool waters are the perfect nursery for the Atlantic Salmon and as our local fish farms produce more and more fresh quality seafood it is a fact that there are going to be tangible consequences.