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      1. I was unaware of this practise. link: http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2017-09-08/animal-activists-call-for-prawn-boycott-against-cruel-practices/8886626?WT.ac=localnews_brisbane Animal activists are urging a boycott of Australia's farmed prawns in a bid to force an end to a procedure that involves slicing and cutting off the eyes of live female prawns to speed up the breeding process. "They use a scissor-like application, a hot iron, to cut one of the eyes, the eyestalks, off breeding prawns in order to bring them very quickly to maturity. It's quite horrific and its causes them pain," she said………… Australian Prawn Farmers' Association president Matt West staunchly defended eyestalk ablation as a necessary procedure done in accordance with industry best practice. ……."Every single thing that we do to these animals is designed to reduce stress, including some of the hatcheries are using anaesthesia to reduce stress," he said. "We do eyestalk ablate, but it's done under very strict conditions and it's very, very different to what's depicted.
      2. Taken from FW email newsletter 27 July 2017 NEW research has gone beneath the surface of the MoretonBayMarinePark...and the results have cast doubt on the effectiveness of estuarine no-take zones in protecting stocks of popular fish species. The University of the SunshineCoast team who conducted the research was led by Research Fellow in Coastal and Marine Ecology Dr Ben Gilby. “Our team compared the number and diversity of fish in six estuarine ‘no-take’ areas with that of 16 other estuaries where fishing is permitted,” Dr Gilby said. “We found that the ‘no-take’ areas were falling well short of protecting fish that consumers like to catch and eat, such as bream, whiting and mullet. “Paradoxically, fish targeted by anglers were more abundant outside the six protected reserves, in the estuaries where fishing was allowed. “The only fish consistently found in greater numbers inside the ‘no-take’ reserves were species that people did not consume, such as toadfish and catfish.” image: http://yaffa-cdn.s3.amazonaws.com/yaffadsp/images/dmImage/SourceImage/Ben_Gilby_headshot.jpg The USC research was led by Dr Ben Gilby. The six dedicated estuarine reserves were at Pumicestone Passage (BribieIsland, Tripcony Bight), Redcliffe, Nundah, Pimpama and Coomera. Dr Gilby, a fish ecology expert who lectures in Animal Ecology at USC’s campus on the SunshineCoast, said the study’s results initially puzzled the USC marine research team. “To find answers to this paradox about fish numbers in declared reserves, we examined the habitat features of the protected areas and found two major shortcomings – they were too shallow and they were poorly connected to the main channel or sea. “The reserves appeared to have been chosen mainly to protect mangrove habitat, but they unfortunately lacked sufficient water depth and had large areas drying out at low tide.” He led the study with USC colleagues Animal Ecology Lecturer Dr Andrew Olds and Professor of Marine Science Thomas Schlacher, USC PhD student Nicholas Yabsley, HealthyLand and Water’s principal scientist Dr Paul Maxwell and GriffithUniversity’s Professor Rod Connolly. Their paper, ‘Enhancing the performance of marine reserves in estuaries: Just add water,’ was published recently in the journal Biological Conservation. Dr Gilby said the joint study broke new ground in identifying the environmental factors contributing to fish biodiversity in estuaries. “It’s sure to be of great interest to anyone who wants more fish in the sea – whether that’s conservationists or recreational or commercial fishers,” he said. “Our results indicate that the effectiveness of reserves can be improved by conserving deeper estuaries which have a diversity of habitats, better water flow and stronger links to the sea.” The research received funding from the Brisbane-based non-profit organisation HealthyLand and Water and the Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation. “We’re also about to start a similar project investigating the distribution of fish species in estuaries between HerveyBay and the Livingstone Shire (near Rockhampton), including the GreatSandyMarinePark.”
      3. Taken from FW email newsletter 24 July 21 July THE Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) has cautiously welcomed the new Commonwealth Marine Reserve network plans released by the Director of National Parks Sally Barnes. Managing director of ARFF Allan Hansard said: “Though we are still working through the detail of the plans, we are pleased to note that these plans demonstrate a more balanced approach to the Commonwealth marine reserve system than we have seen in the past.” “The plans aim to deliver a world class marine reserve network while recognising the important contribution of key stakeholders, including Australian recreational fishers,” said Hansard. “We think this plan goes a long way to achieving this objective. “These plans are definitely a large improvement on the plans produced by the previous Government that would have seen recreational fishers locked out of over 1.3 million square kilometres of Australian seas, with out any scientific justification. Now we have access to 97 per cent of waters within 100km of the coast, and 80 per cent of the whole network. “These plans maintain access to many of the iconic recreational fishing locations around Australia, with access to 76 per cent of the Coral Sea compared to 46 per cent in the previous plans meaning we have access to the world renowned Wreck, Marion, Shark and Osprey reefs in the Coral Sea and the Perth Trench and Geographe Bay in Western Australia. “This will mean that Australians will still be able to sustainably fish these places for generations to come. “Obviously we have some issues that we would like to have addressed before these plans are finalised. We will be using the submission process to raise these issues with the Government. We are particularly interested in how we can work with the Government in the future management of the new marine reserve network to improve community engagement, obtain a better understanding of fishing and the environment, trial new information management technologies and establish moorings and other systems to improve visitor experiences and recreational opportunities. "We look forward to constructively work with the Government on these plans to ensure a world leading marine reserve network,” Hansard said. Recfishwest, the peak rec fishing body in Western Australia, welcomed the latest Commonwealth Marine Reserves network plans, which recognises the importance of fishing in WA. Recfishwest operations manager Leyland Campbell said Recfishwest were pleased to see these new plans deliver a more balanced approach than we have seen in the past and that the value of key recreational fishing areas have been acknowledged. “These plans are definitely a large improvement on the plans produced by the previous Government which significantly impacted on fishing access,” Campbell said. “After years of uncertainty, long drawn-out discussions and several different draft plans, todayís announcement is a better outcome for fishing.” “These new plans maintain access to many of the iconic fishing locations around WA, including the Rottnest Trench and the South West’s Geographe Bay which had previously been earmarked for closed areas. This will mean that West Aussies can continue to sustainably fish these places for generations to come.” Go to link to view the marine park plans in more detail and the process for feedback. Submissions close September 20, 2017. https://parksaustralia.gov.au/marine/management/draft-plans/
      4. taken from fisheries Qld email 5-7-17 Dear fisheries stakeholder, In June 2017 the Queensland Government released the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017 – 2027, paving the way for Queensland to have a world-class fisheries management system. A key action of the strategy is to establish fishery-specific working groups to provide operational advice from stakeholders from across the sector in the fisheries management process. Fisheries Queensland is now seeking expressions of interest for members of the first three fishery working groups being established for the trawl, crab and east coast inshore fisheries. Each working group will provide advice to Fisheries Queensland on the operational aspects of the management of a particular fishery. The initial focus will be advice on the development of management options and a harvest strategy for the fishery. Working groups are advisory only and will not be decision-making bodies. Working groups will be made up of a range of stakeholders – commercial and recreational fishers, charter operators, seafood marketers and processors and people with conservation experience. Anyone is able to nominate, regardless of whether you are a member of a industry or community organisation. Independent scientific advice will also be sought from the Sustainable Fisheries Expert Panel, made up of experts in the field of fish biology, fishery management, stock assessment modelling and economic and social science. Membership on the working groups is on a voluntary basis. No sitting fees will be paid. Members will be reimbursed for reasonable out-of-pocket expenses including domestic travel, accommodation costs, motor vehicle allowances and meals. Participation in working groups is a big commitment. Working groups established to provide advice on the development of a harvest strategy will be intensive and require a number of meetings every 4 to 8 weeks and out-of-session work. Some meeting may be held using teleconference facilities. How to apply Applications must be submitted by 5pm on Saturday, 22 July 2017. To apply please visit the Expression of Interest website (https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/consultations-and-legislation/fisheries-working-groups-expressions-of-interest) and complete the Expression of Interest Form. Please return your completed nomination form to: Mail: Director, Management and Reform, Fisheries Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, GPO Box 46, Brisbane QLD 4001; or Email: fisheriesreview@daf.qld.gov.au. Membership of working groups will be finalised by August 2017. Successful applicants will be notified in writing and be contacted to arrange attendance at the first working group meeting – scheduled for September/October 2017. Being a member of a working group is not the only way to get involved. Fisheries Queensland will be engaging all stakeholders more broadly. One of the actions in the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy is to utilise more novel engagement techniques (including online surveys) to gather a range of feedback on particular fishery issues. Fisheries Queensland will also be holding regular regional face to face meetings in regional and port areas and releasing discussion papers on options to better manage our fisheries. More information about the working groups, including Terms of Reference, is available online at www.daf.qld.gov.au. Please contact the Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23 if you have any queries.
      5. Taken from FW email newsletter Staff from the University of NSW, Sydney, are currently conducting research into the public perception of sharks. In particular, they are looking at people's lived expereince such as personal background and ocean use. As a part of this study a short (~10min) survey has been created and is publicly available at the following link http://unsw.to/sharksurvey. This research aims to get a further understanding of what people think of sharks and why, in order to accurately guide shark management in Australia.
      6. Gees DAf certainly getting their finger out. Worth a read. https://www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au/gi/consultation/3402/view.html Cheers Ray
      7. In June 2017, the Queensland Government released the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2027, paving the way for Queensland to have a world-class fisheries management system. Some of the actions in the Strategy include things like harvest strategies for each fishery, satellite tracking on all commercial fishing boats, regionally specific fishing rules and using new technologies more effectively. Importantly, these reforms also deliver on a number of actions under the Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan, highlighting our ongoing commitment to the Great Barrier Reef. The Strategy and factsheets about what the Strategy means for different stakeholder groups are available online at www.daf.qld.gov.au.
      8. Why is no conviction recorded? They should name and shame these b%stards. If you are caught for speeding you name goes in the paper, why not these clowns. Just puts a bad name on the rest of us.. Cheers Gary.
      9. Qantas Spill Update

        For those interested in how the testing is progressing after the chemical spill at the airport. https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/incidents/brisbane-airport/results/
      10. Taken from FW email newsletter 11 May 2017 THE Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has approved the determination of mid-water pair trawling as an approved fishing method in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) until October 2018, subject to conditions and review. This decision comes on the back of AFMA's recent announcement of an increase in the slimy mackerel quota of 450 per cent for the current season. "The decision was made after considering the best available science and data with advice sought from the South East Management Advisory Committee, SPF Scientific Panel, SPF Stakeholder Forum, marine mammal and seabird experts and the public," a spokesperson from AFMA said. "The period to comment publically on the determination of pair trawling as a fishing method opened on 22 December 2016 and closed 10 February 2017. In total, AFMA received 67 submissions, the majority of which were opposed to mid-water pair trawling in the fishery. Issues raised by the public included: impacts of fishing small pelagics on the broader ecosystem localised depletion risks to protected species negative impact on the recreational or tourism sector. Of further interest to recreational fishers will be the fact that one operator applied to pair trawl in the SPF and AFMA has gone further and approved pair trawling as a method, meaning that any licenced operator may now use the method. On the impact to recreational fishing, AFMA dismissed stakeholder concerns saying that fishing in the SPF would not negatively impact recreational fishing, regardless of the method. "The Commission noted the Scientific Panel’s advice that there is a low risk of localised depletion for SPF stocks due to the high mobility and rapid re-distribution of these species. Extensive dietary analyses and ecosystem modelling in Australian waters has shown that predator species are not highly dependent on SPF species and have a high capacity to switch prey. For these reasons, and the adoption of the revised harvest strategy which had been ecologically and economically tested, the Commission considered that fishing in the SPF would not negatively impact on recreational fishing, regardless of the method," a statement said. You can read the complete rationale for the AFMA Commission’s decision regarding mid-water pair trawling here. http://www.afma.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Commission-rationale_Pair-Trawling.pdf Further detail on the Commission’s decision regarding mid-water pair trawling and summary of comments received during public consultation can be found on afma.gov.au.
      11. One can not let this day pass without taking a moment to refect on the warnings issued 47 years ago on the first Earth Day April 22 1970 I wonder what ever happened to Kenneth Watt, the ecologist…… “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist Earth Day April 22, 1970 Earth Day a Recap of April 22, 1970 “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” • Paul Ehrlich, StanfordUniversity biologist. Earth Day April 22, 1970 “By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” Paul Ehrlich, StanfordUniversity biologist Earth Day April 22, 1970 “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” • Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” • Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” • Life Magazine, January 1970 “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist “Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” • Sen. Gaylord Nelson
      12. I found this interesting. I'd love to see carp and other noxious species removed form our waterways but at what cost? https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/feb/24/australias-carp-herpes-plan-dubbed-serious-risk-to-global-food-security “Carp is one of the most farmed fish in the world and an important source of protein in lower to middle income countries, so is vital to food security.” “This virus is now found in almost every river and lake system in Japan, and in another 32 countries,” he told Guardian Australia. “Despite that, the only species that this virus has been detected to cause disease in is the common carp.
      13. Previously I would have posted this in the Outdoor`s section but that does not appear to be available these days? If you do, we would love to hear from you. Your opinions will help the NSW Department of Primary Industries Game Licensing Unit to better understand the experiences of hunters in NSW and the economic and other benefits that hunting brings to the community. In order to tell us your views, please click 'Start Survey' below. It will take 15 minutes or so to complete the confidential survey. The survey is best done on a computer. Although it is possible to complete the survey on a tablet or smart phone, this may take longer. Full Details http://nswhunt.dbmweb.com.au/
      14. Taken from FW email newsletter 2-2-17 IN Environment News this month John Newbery discusses a new scientific paper that throws conventional thinking about minimum sizes for fish out the window. AT last, after decades of so-called reviews of minimum sizes which have basically just fiddled at the edges, an Australian fisheries management authority has finally fundamentally questioned and analysed the use of minimum sizes as an effective tool for sustainable fish species management. Our friends in WA have issued Fisheries Management Paper No.279 ; Policy on the Application of Fish Size Limits in Western Australia. In eight concise pages it addresses one of the oldest types of management tools used in fisheries, the setting of minimum size limits for all popular species targeted by recreational and commercial fishers. It concludes that often setting these limits is a waste of time. Fisheries Management Paper No.279 http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents/management_papers/fmp279.pdf It defines an overarching principle: “A size limit should only be used where, after taking into consideration other management tools that are in place; it will clearly assist in providing sufficient egg production and enable adequate recruitment to a fish stock under normal environmental conditions.” It concludes that “there is no sustainability benefit from a size limit if released fish have a low rate of post-release survival and are unlikely to contribute to the future spawning biomass.” And that “Minimum size limits are likely to be of little value for species where the majority of fish are released/discarded; especially where targeting or fishing pressure on a particular species is low.” The Policy has then been used as the basis of the subsequent Fisheries Management Paper No.280; which outlines proposals for reviewing the appropriateness of all current size limits that apply to finfish species in WA. The review takes a science-based approach which takes into account “total fishing mortality, which includes fish that are retained and fish that are discarded but subsequently die as a result of capture; the biological factors and reproductive strategies of finfish; as well as the social and economic objectives for the recreational and commercial fishing sectors.” Fisheries Management Paper No.280; http://www.fish.wa.gov.au/Documents/management_papers/fmp280.pdf The review proposals, released for comments from all stakeholders, are remarkable for those of us brought up with the conventional wisdom that minimum size limits were essential. Consider this partial list of species for which it considers these minimum size limits are no longer warranted: yellowtail kingfish, amberjack, Samson fish, cobia, baldchin groper, breaksea cod, western blue groper, WA salmon, Spanish mackerel, spotted mackerel, mahi mahi, flounder, leatherjackets, sweetlips and sooty grunter. For some other species, minimum size limits are proposed to be reduced overall, for example blue morwong and spangled emperor (41 down to 40cm) and for a couple, such as red emperor, reduced just for the rec sector (41 to 40). Yellowfin bream are reduced from 30 to 25, in line with all the other bream species. Some stay the same, including barra, threadfin, coral trout, WA dhufish, GTs, tailor, skipjack trevally, flathead and fingermark. A couple go up: King George whiting from 28 to 30, and mulloway from 50 to 70, bringing them into line with black jewfish. Whether the proposals are met with universal support doesn’t matter. What does is that they are innovative, science-based and clearly explained and justified.
      15. Tasty Milkfish

        That is a first me... Interesting the other species on sale as well.
      16. SeaFish Tasmania's new vessel, the Geelong Star is already fishing off the Great Australian Bight. Supporters of a new 95-metre factory fishing trawler are calling for calm as opposition to the SeaFish Tasmania vessel ramps up. />http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-13/new-ship-fight-looms-over-factory-trawler-geelong-star/6389964
      17. Taken from FW email newsletter 9-6-16 THE Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has recently reviewed the Vessel Management Plan (VMP) for the Geelong Star and is now releasing this revised draft VMP for public comment. This VMP is a boat-specific statutory requirement which sets out what the Geelong Star must do to minimise the risk of interactions with protected species (e.g. seabirds, seals and dolphins) as well as the general operational requirements of the boat. The VMP should be read alongside the general management arrangements for the Small Pelagic Fishery which can be found on the AFMA website. More information on the changes to the revised draft VMP can be found at Summary of changes in the revised draft Geelong Star Vessel Management Plan: http://www.afma.gov.au/fisheries/small-pelagic-fishery/geelong-star-vmp-public-comment/ Those with an interest in the management of the Small Pelagic Fishery are welcome to provide comments on the revised draft VMP by 27 June 2016. Comments can be made by going to AFMA’s website. AFMA will consider public comments prior to finalising the revised VMP and is particularly seeking any science or evidence that would lead to its improvement. The final VMP will be published on AFMA’s website. Please note that any public comments received may be made public unless the person or body submitting them makes it clear that they do not want them to be made public. Further information about how AFMA manages its fisheries can be found on the AFMA website: http://www.afma.gov.au/
      18. Taken from Fishing World`s website news 6 June 2016 OZFISH aims to change the ways Aussies fish OZFISH Unlimited is a new fishing conservation movement that is set to transform the future of recreational fishing in Australia by asking every angler to fish differently. This is a bold move, but it’s clear that anglers are becoming or aspiring to become environmental stewards of their sport and genuinely want to help protect and restore fish habitat; a critical component of securing the future of recreational fishing in Australia. And Ozfish Unlimited plan to help them do it. OzFish Unlimited’s mission is to invest time and money towards grassroots rehabilitation and regeneration activities, giving anglers and communities more control over the health of their rivers, lakes and estuaries by counteracting decades of degradation. Why is ozfish unique? *We are the first movement of this kind that will help guide Australia’s recreational fishing community in becoming environmental guardians by understanding fish habitat as a critical part of their sport’s future. *We are a not-for-profit organisation, created by a group of individuals who are passionate about protecting the future of recreational fishing and building a legacy of healthy waterways for future generations. *We have Australia’s highest profile anglers…the juggernauts of the industry backing our call to action to see a dedicated fishing conservation movement sweep across the country. Why is Ozfish's work so important? · Our once-healthy waterways have been sorely impacted over the decades by human intervention and further loss of this precious resource will place the future of recreational fishing at risk. · In the MurrayDarlingBasin there are 10000 barriers to fish passage. · In Northern NSW over 70% of fish habitat has been lost. (over 62,000ha) · In South Australia we have lost over 1500km of oyster reef. · In Western Australia we have lost thousands of hectares of seagrass – up to 80% in many places. · In Queensland our reef is suffering from poor water quality from its catchments. · In Victoria seagrass loss, poor water quality and barriers have all impacted on fish numbers. Partnerships Habitat projects are already underway across Australia and we have secured the support of industry and government agencies. For instance, the Fisheries and Research and Development Corporation has provided a major grant for OzFish Unlimited to hold “Fishers for Fish Habitat” seminars across the country. Partnerships include: The Nature Conservancy http://www.natureaustralia.org.au/ The Reef and Rainforest Centre Qld http://rrrc.org.au/ Recfish WA http://recfishwest.org.au/ Recfish SA http://recfishsa.com.au/ SEQ Catchments http://www.seqcatchments.com.au/ For more information please visit the Ozfish Unlimited websitehttp://www.ozfish.org.au/ and Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OzFishUnlimited/
      19. Taken from ABC http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-31/overhaul-of-nsw-fishing-laws-to-see-catch-quotas-introduced/7463690 Overhaul of NSW fishing laws to introduce catch quotas to fishing shares The State Government has announced an overhaul of New South Wales commercial fishing rules, saying it will make the industry more sustainable. Catch quotas will be applied to fishing shares, so some businesses will need to buy extra shares to support their needs. Financial assistance will be offered to fishers, and there'll be payments of up to $20,000 for those who want to leave the industry. The Government will spend $16 million in financial support for fishers affected by the changes. Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said far too many fishing shares had been issued in the past 20 years. "And those shares in the marketplace have very little value and no certainty when it comes to fish stocks," Mr Blair said. "What we're doing today is putting certainty into those fish stocks and adding value back into those shares." Mr Blair said the Government wanted more seafood in NSW to be consumed in NSW households. "Fifteen per cent of the seafood we eat in NSW comes from NSW waters, and that's something that we want to change," Mr Blair said. "At the moment there is too much imported seafood being consumed." He said the new rules would maintain the viability of an industry which makes $90 million for the NSW economy. Mr Blair said the industry had been struggling under detailed regulations and this would bring in more manageable practices. Industry group calls for more detail on new laws Executive officer of the Professional Fishermen's Association Tricia Beatty said her organisation needed more information on how some of the quotas would work. "Our industry has been faced with a lot of uncertainty because they didn't know what the decision would be for the last four years, so we're [welcoming] that we finally have been told what's going on," Ms Beatty said. "However, there's still a lot of detail that has not been provided and still needs to be worked through." But she said the industry had some concerns about whether the proposed quote arrangements are viable. "At the moment we are working with the NSW Government to work out these details," she said. "The NSW Government has made that commitment to work with industry to resolve our issues." She said the seafood labelling scheme would allow consumers to make more informed decisions. "I'm pretty confident the NSW consumer will choose rightly to eat local, fresh product, so that's been a welcome commitment."
      20. Taken from Fishing World email newsletter 12 May John Newbery 9 May 2016 DISCUSSIONS of how to respond to a spate of recent shark attacks in NSW continues, fuelled by explorations of the effectiveness of both current and proposed measures in both the print and electronic media. The ABC’s 4 Corners devoted a full program to these issues and were reasonably balanced in giving pro and anti-shark meshing “experts” equal time, although the anti-brigade seemed to be convinced that the current program of meshing 51 beaches between the Hunter and the Illawarra in the warmer months was primarily about catching sharks that might otherwise attack someone. It’s not. It’s about deterring sharks from entering the zone where people are swimming or surfing. And it’s been very successful since it was put in place in the 1930’s. But it does kill some sharks, including some protected species, and some unintended species. There’s a heady mix of interests involved, with issues spilling over between groups with quite different objectives. Passionate anti-mesh folk continually talk about swimmers and surfers “entering the sharks’ domain”, as if this gives the sharks the OK to take chunks out of them. The SMH’s Good Weekend magazine ran a very good cover story recently where a group shark attack survivors reflected on the fact that they’ve at times been blamed and vilified for what happened to them. Pretty tough. Surfers not unreasonably would like to think that some action should be taken at known attack hot spots to mitigate the risks of further deaths or injuries. Local business people and councillors have a slightly different motive: they don’t want summer tourists deserting their areas with the resultant risks to communities and peoples’ livelihoods. Both seem fair concerns. NSW politicians end up in a very tricky position. While some media articles criticise them for not extending the meshing program with cute banner headlines such as “Net result is too many beaches undefended”, others go the opposite way and suggest they’re supporting the killing of valuable animals by not removing the existing nets. Their own agencies are reviewing program effectiveness via a new Joint Management Agreement for the Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program. They’re also trialling barriers, drone patrols, tagging, hooking and releasing and sonic deterrents on the north coast, where most of the recent serious attacks have occurred. So what’s going to happen? As inshore bait fish stocks continue to improve through better fisheries management it seems likely shark attacks will continue, particularly as there are now far fewer professional shark fishers and more protected shark species. The shark supporters will continue to criticise meshing and agitate for its removal. Realistically, you’d have to expect that politicians won’t agree to remove mesh netting from current locations but probably won’t extend it. But rest assured of one thing: if you catch a big shark, kill it, photograph it and display the photo on social media or in the local paper, you’ll be attacked, abused and trolled like you wouldn’t believe.
      21. Taken from DAF Catch news email newsletter 26-5-16 Buyback Scheme for Net-free Zones rd1 Completed The first round of a structured Buyback Scheme for commercial fishers directly affected by Queensland's new net-free fishing zones has been completed. Three net-free zones were established at Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton on 1 November 2015 as part of the Queensland Government's Sustainable Fishing Policy. $10 million was set aside to help affected fishers. Three assistance schemes administered by QRAA closed on 2 December 2015. The first scheme, the Buyback Scheme targeted commercial fishing boat licence holders who used the zones between 2012 and 2014, seeking to buy back up to 46 licences voluntarily to minimise commercial fishing effort moving into other areas or other fisheries. Twenty-seven offers were received at a cost of $3.318 million. Under the remaining two schemes, voluntary offers were made to commercial fishers based on the level of commercial netting undertaken in each zone. There were 95 fishers eligible for the Settlement Scheme and 87 chose to accept the offer totalling $1.026 million. 30 fishers were eligible for the Impact Alleviation Scheme and all chose to accept the offer made at a total cost of $1.5 million. The report Outcomes of the Fisheries 2015 QRAA Assistance Schemes is available for download. For more details, visit net-free fishing zones. Monitoring King Threadfin Salmon Commercial fishers and processors have shown strong support for a new pilot program to monitor King Threadfin in the Gulf of Carpentaria and in areas of the East Coast. The program which started in January 2016 involves the biological monitoring of the length, sex and age of King Threadfin from the commercial and recreational harvest. Fisheries Queensland scientists are measuring fish from commercial fishers before sale, at seafood wholesalers and processors and from donated fish frames. The King Threadfin species has also been added to the Fisheries Queensland Keen Angler Program where recreational fishers can donate their fish frames for monitoring research. King Threadfin in East Coast Queensland is classified as an undefined stock while the species is classified as transitional – depleting in the Gulf of Carpentaria Queensland. For more information, visit the King Threadfin Stock Status Assessment webpage.
      22. 1000 Fish??

        Just thought I'd throw this one up - think the fine is well light on myself! https://www.facebook.com/notes/fisheries-queensland/fishers-fined-5000-for-undersized-catch/1147423538642614
      23. I hope all are aware that today marks 45 years since we were all called to arms to save the Earth from ourselves, let`s take some time today to grasp the significance of how far we have come in 45 years. First, I must thank those who made the statements and those who put together the statements that I have cut and pasted. Cheers all around. Now, let`s re-cap on the main points of 22 April 1970…. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make. The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” • Paul Ehrlich, StanfordUniversity biologist “By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.” • Paul Ehrlich, StanfordUniversity biologist “It is already too late to avoid mass starvation.” • Denis Hayes, chief organizer for Earth Day “Demographers agree almost unanimously on the following grim timetable: by 1975 widespread famines will begin in India; these will spread by 1990 to include all of India, Pakistan, China and the Near East, Africa. By the year 2000, or conceivably sooner, South and Central America will exist under famine conditions….By the year 2000, thirty years from now, the entire world, with the exception of Western Europe, North America, and Australia, will be in famine.” • Peter Gunter, professor, North Texas State University “Scientists have solid experimental and theoretical evidence to support…the following predictions: In a decade, urban dwellers will have to wear gas masks to survive air pollution…by 1985 air pollution will have reduced the amount of sunlight reaching earth by one half….” • Life Magazine, January 1970 “By the year 2000, if present trends continue, we will be using up crude oil at such a rate…that there won’t be any more crude oil. You’ll drive up to the pump and say, `Fill ‘er up, buddy,’ and he’ll say, `I am very sorry, there isn’t any.’” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist “Dr. S. Dillon Ripley, secretary of the Smithsonian Institute, believes that in 25 years, somewhere between 75 and 80 percent of all the species of living animals will be extinct.” • Sen. Gaylord Nelson “The world has been chilling sharply for about twenty years. If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder in the year 2000. This is about twice what it would take to put us into an ice age.” • Kenneth Watt, Ecologist….. So, once again I must ask the question : ‘What happened to Kenneth Watt, Ecologist, did he go on to bigger and better forecasting with a weather bureau service or did he do a Uni-bomber and go all hermit-like and live quietly in them there hills’
      24. Taken from DAF email newsletter CatchNews 24-3-16 In mid-2014 the Queensland Government commissioned an independent review of Queensland’s fisheries management to deliver a better system for the State’s commercial, recreational and Indigenous fishers. The review was undertaken by consultants MRAG Asia Pacific who submitted a final report to the Government in late 2014. Their report Taking Stock: Modernising fisheries management in Queensland recommended fundamental changes to the current approach to fisheries management and included 80 recommendations. It was released for public consultation in mid-2015. Stakeholder feedback on the report largely supported the need for broad fisheries management reform, including improved stakeholder engagement, a clearer decision-making framework and a more stable and transparent approach to resource allocation. The Government will consider its response to the MRAG report in light of the stakeholder feedback and commitments in the Sustainable Fishing Policy later this year. and-consultations/fisheries-management-review For more information about the Fisheries management review: https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/fisheries/consultations-and-legislation/reviews-surveys-and-consultations/fisheries-management-review
      25. If this does get approved and goes ahead then we can say bye bye to fishing from luggage point in the near future. Not only for sharking, but for kayakers, boaties and any other land based fishing from that area. booooo http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/will-cruises-hit-luggage-point-blockage-20160301-gn7urt.html