|news release: fish-e-fax newsletter issue 318 by dpi fisheries division
Dated: 12 July, 2012
|Torquay fish cleaning table|
Fish-e-Fax Newsletter Issue 318...04 JULY 2012
Anglers get new fish cleaning table at Torquay boat ramp
Recreational anglers who use the Torquay boat ramp now have the added luxury of being able to clean their fish when they get back to shore.
The new fish cleaning table has been installed by Fisheries Victoria as part of a statewide fish cleaning tables program funded through the Victorian Government’s Recreational Fishing Initiative.
The table features a roof to protect anglers from the elements, a tap and hose for washing down their catch and the table, and an in-ground septic system for treating the wastes.
Torquay is a popular recreational fishing location with anglers targeting different species all year round, including Snapper, King George Whiting, Australian Salmon, Barracouta and flathead. Anglers chasing larger species have Yellowtail Kingfish and thresher and mako sharks featuring in their catch.
Over 35 fish cleaning tables have been installed at popular recreational fishing locations around the state, ranging from Nelson in the far west of the state to Mallacoota in the east.
As part of the Recreational Fishing Initiative, the government is working across Victoria to provide better access and facilities, stocking more fish, installing fish cleaning tables, building recreational fishing reefs and strengthening fisheries compliance.
All of this work benefits the 721,000 Victorians who go fishing annually and will ensure that Victoria remains a top fishing destination.
If you have a great idea to improve recreational fishing access and infrastructure in your local area, please let us know by emailing your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org
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The breadth of DPI's portfolios means there is much more than just Fisheries news.
Recreational anglers will find interesting posts about fish stocking, enforcement, research and improved facilities, much of which is funded by fishing licence fees.
Metropolitan Angler’s Association fishing clinic
The Metropolitan Angler's Association (MAA) in conjunction with Access for All Abilities recently conducted a fishing clinic at Yarrambat Park Lake. This clinic was supported by the Northern Fly Fisher’s Club and aimed at encouraging persons with impairments or disabilities to participate in exciting freshwater fishing activities.
Fisheries Victoria stocked the lake prior to the event to allow for increased fishing opportunities for those involved.
Members from MAA and affiliated clubs volunteered their services as mentors to tutor the participants on the day.
With over 80 participants, all showing enthusiasm, it proved to be a great day with many of those involved already looking forward to the next one.
13FISH call halts illegal abalone haul
Three St Albans men have been issued infringement notices after allegedly taking too many abalone at Kirks Point.
The men had been diving at Kirks Point, near Avalon, when intercepted by Fisheries Officers.
The officers were alerted thanks to a timely phone call to the 13FISH fisheries offence reporting line.
They searched the car boot and discovered 20 abalone, which is five more than the permitted daily catch limit for three divers.
Upon closer inspection the officers found seven more abalone hidden in the spare wheel cavity. All were well under the legal minimum size for abalone in Port Phillip Bay, which is 10 cm.
The excess and undersize abalone were seized and returned to the water.
The infringement notices will see the divers fined in the order of $2,000 for their offences.
People who see or suspect illegal fishing should call the 13FISH (133474) fisheries offence reporting line.
|For more information about the new regulations visit www.dpi.vic.gov.au/fishing
or ring the DPI Customer Service Centre on 136 186.