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news release: fish’n’tip 0628 fishing news by rob paxevanos
Dated: 19 March, 2012
Recreational anglers are working to achive better water quality and habitat for Murray Darling Basin Fish like this Murray Cod.

Rob’s weekly FISH’N’TIP 0628 written for the week of Wed 14/3/2012

Representatives of the Murray-Darling Basin Recreational Fishing Council (MDBRFC) will met with government representatives in Canberra recently to demand better outcomes for native fish communities when implementing the proposed Basin Plan for the Murray-Darling Basin (MDB).
The MDBRFC is a cross-jurisdictional body which represents the voice of over 991,000 recreational fishers. Chair of the MDBRFC, Mr Christopher Collins said “If the MDB Basin Plan is to be effective in protecting and restoring aquatic ecosystems in the Basin it needs to focus on more than just gigalitres. There needs to be more consideration of how and when water is delivered to maximise benefits for native fish. There also needs to be more focus on improving fish habitat. Revegetating river banks. Putting snags back into rivers. Building fishways to improve fish migration. Obviously it’s critical to ensure that our rivers contain sufficient high quality water to sustain our native fish communities too, but the solution to healthy Basin fish communities requires a range of other measures as well”.
It is hoped that meetings with representatives of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority and political representatives will provide recreational fishers with an opportunity to communicate the range of issues that will need to be addressed in the proposed Basin Plan to ensure success.
“Our native fish are of incredible value to Basin communities” Mr Collins said. “Recent research has shown that recreational fishers spend an estimated $1.3 billion each year when fishing in the Murray-Darling Basin. It is critical that the needs of native fish are given greater consideration in the Basin Plan to ensure that this vital source of income to our regional communities can continue.”
Christopher Collins, Murray-Darling Basin Recreational Fishing Council Chair, can be contacted for comment at


NSW DPI and Fishcare Volunteers held the inaugural Catch and Release Roadshow workshop at the Narrandera Fisheries Centre on 14 January.

The day was a great success with over 40 fishing competition representatives attending from throughout the Riverina and Murray River region. The workshop included information sessions on catch and release research, recommended catch and release techniques and fishing competition code of practice guidelines.

Following the success of this workshop, more workshops are planned throughout inland and coastal NSW during 2012/13. If you are interested in having an event in your local region contact NSW DPI on (02) 9527 8439 or email


The Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority (SMCMA) is hosting a free Healthy Waterways presentation for all recreational boaters & fishers to find out how to:
? help minimise the impacts to aquatic habitat,
? help stop the spread of aquatic pests, and
? become involved as a volunteer to help protect our waterways.

The presentation is being held on Wednesday 7 March 2012 at 6:00pm in the Reef Theatre Sydney Aquarium, Darling Harbour. For more information or to RSVP contact John Naughton, Project Officer, SMCMA on (02) 9895 6274 or email: Bookings are essential.

Fish aggregating devices (FADs) and Artificial Reefs

Anglers have been reporting good catches around the FADs this summer season, including dolphinfish around the Sydney FADs (some in excess of 20kg), and Wahoo and even sailfish from the far north coast FADs. Twenty-five FADs are deployed by NSW DPI before each summer fishing season using funds from the Recreational Fishing Trusts.

Monitoring of Offshore Artificial Reef (OAR) has shown
that the reef is quickly becoming colonised by a diverse range of species including Yellowtail Kingfish, Silver Trevally, Snapper, Blue Morwong, Yellowfin Bream, sand and Tiger Flathead, various leatherjackets and baitfish including yellowtail.
Rob Paxevanos Fishnet Pro Angler

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