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with David Lockwood
GO FISHING NSW DAY,
Hopefully, you still have time to sign
up for the inaugural Go Fishing NSW Day
on December 6.
The event will be run by the NSW
Department of Primary Industries (DPI)
across six locations: Kurnell, Sydney,
Kamay Botany Bay National Park (at end
of Captain Cook Drive); Nowra, Greys
Beach on Shoalhaven River (Fairway
Drive); Coffs Harbour, Boambee Creek
Reser ve; Narrandera Fisheries Centre,
Narrandera (Buckingbong Drive);
Jindabyne, Gaden Trout Hatchery (off
Kosciuszko Road); and Ebor, Dutton
Trout Hatchery (Point lookout Road).
There will be a range of fun filled fishing
If you can’t get to one of the six
locations, you can still go in the draw
to win one of 50 Shimano rod and reel
fishing combos (worth over $350).
Simply take a selfie of you fishing
in NSW on December 6 and email it to
recreational/go-fishing-nsw>. A national
fishing day could be just around the
corner. Tight lines.
ONE MILLION ANGLERS
No other user-group generates more
economic, social, environmental, even
spiritual value around fish than anglers.
Governments are waking up to this fact.
Legislation to end commercial netting
in Port Phillip Bay was introduced into
Parliament on October 22. The removal
of netting by 2022, including the closure
of Corio Bay to netting by April 1, 2018,
will compensate 43 commercial licence
Seafood supplies won’t be
compromised, yet that didn’t stop Neil
Perry launching an anti-angling tirade.
“ Shame on special interest groups like
recreational fishermen. It’s not yours it’s
ours,” he wrote on Instagram.
This prompted me to check his menu
where a calamari entrée commands $26
and a whiting or flathead meal is $49. You
have to have deep pockets to afford that.
Are kids even welcome?
“In the case of Rockpool, the only
seafood on today’s menus that could be
caught from Port Phillip Bay is calamari
which could be sourced from a number
of waters around Victoria – and baby
snapper, which will continue to be
caught commercially at the same level
in Port Phillip Bay,” Georgia Brumby,
spokeswoman for the Victorian Minister
for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, told the
Port Phillip Bay provides just 1 per
cent of the seafood consumed in Victoria.
The local Labor Government is backing
recreational fishing for a better return.
Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews says
recreational fishing isn’t just a hobby.
Anglers contribute $2.3 billion to state
coffers in social and economic wellbeing
and our industry encourages kids and
families to get outdoors and learn more
about our environment, he writes.
Labor wants to grow recreational
fishing in Victoria to one million by the
year 2020 with its Target One Million
campaign that ranges from investment
to school education.
Meantime, VRFish, the peak fishing
body, has announced the results of its
latest Economic Study of Recreational
Fishing in Victoria, undertaken by Ernst
There were estimated to be 838,000
anglers, up from 721,000 in the previous
2009 study. Recreational fishing was
estimated to generate $7.1 billion in
economic activity (including $2.6 billion
in direct output) and support 33,967 full-
time jobs in Victoria.
Barra. Five letters that get the
heart racing. Tourism NT has launched
an innovative Australian-first tourism
campaign called Million Dollar Fish based
around the iconic fish.
Million Dollar Fish aims to lure visitors
from around Australia and overseas by
showcasing the Northern Territory as the
best place in the world to stay, play and
wet a line.
Now well underway, the fishing
competition saw 76 barramundi tagged
and released across fishing locations in
the Top End. One fish has a $1 million
prize tag, while the remaining 75 having
$10,000 cash prize tags, bringing the total
prize pool to $1.75 million.
The third and fourth $10,000 barra
were landed in Top End waterways last
month. Darwin Harbour, the Daly River
and Corroboree Billabong have all
produced $10k fish for some absolutely
ecstatic recreational fishos. You can read
their great stories and get more details at
Now, just imagine what you could
do with a few tagged bream in Sydney
Harbour, Botany Bay, Port Hacking and
Pittwater, all with a bounty on their heads.
Now that would be value adding. h
Rob Barrett with his $10,000 barra.
The latest Ernst & Young study estimates
there are 838,000 anglers in Victoria.
Port Phillip Bay is a well-managed
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