Wilderness Island kayak adventure

WESTERN Angler is again running its unique kayaking adventures to Wilderness Island in Exmouth Gulf in 2014.

Aside from the opportunity to meet colourful WAngler writer Jim Alston, who pens the new Island Life column, it is the opportunity to enjoy some of the most exceptional kayak, shore and boat fishing on offer in Australia out of Jim's camp on the east side of the Gulf.

WA fisheries research supported with new boats.

MEDIA RELEASE: Western Australian fisheries research will be boosted by two new research vessels that were today officially named by Fisheries Minister Norman Moore.

Mr Moore said the RV George Cassells and the RV Snipe Two would provide greater flexibility to Department of Fisheries’ research activities.

“The new boats will support research, assessment and monitoring projects in the West Coast and South Coast Bioregions,” he said. “This work is vital to ensure our fisheries are managed in a sustainable way and management decisions are informed by quality science.”

Built to replace its 27-year-old predecessor, the RV Snipe Two can be easily towed behind a four-wheel drive, giving substantial flexibility for its use between Shark Bay and Esperance. The RV George Cassells has a survey range of 30 nautical miles and will be based at Fremantle for work in metropolitan waters and the West Coast Bioregion.

The Minister said the RV George Cassells would be a valuable asset for the department and was appropriately named in honour of a former researcher. “The late George Cassells worked for the department’s research division for more than 33 years before retiring in 2006, and was highly regarded as an expert in trout, freshwater crayfish and native fish in WA,” he said.

“During the 1990s, George was involved in research that helped develop a yabbie suitable for aquaculture, which gave many WA farmers another potential income stream at a time of significant rural downturn. His work won a Premier’s Award for the Department of Fisheries.”

RV George Cassells, an 8.5m vessel powered by an inboard motor, was built by SRM Marine at Dongara at a cost of almost $350,000. The RV Snipe Two, built by Preston Craft in Wangara for $168,000, is 7.4m long with twin outboard motors and a survey range of 20 nautical miles.

More details on Department of Fisheries’ research activities are available at http://www.fish.wa.gov.au

Recreational fishing small grants now available

Recfishwest have recently been working with the Department of Fisheries on the implementation of a small grants scheme for local recreational fishing projects. An initial allocation from recreational licensing revenue has been made available for the small grants scheme.

Lobster fishers to pay $7,500 each for bag limit breach

SEPTEMBER 14 (Media release): Two men have been ordered to pay fines and penalties of $7,500 each, for jointly having 40 rock lobsters more than the recreational fishing rules allow.

Roland Thomas FLETCHER and Keith Edward FLETCHER, both aged 67, of Halls Head were found guilty of excess bag limit offences, when they appeared in the Mandurah Magistrates Court this week (Tuesday 13 September 2011).

When the twins where apprehended by Fisheries and Marine Officers in December 2010 at Horseshoe Reef in Comet Bay, they were anchored and fishing with rods from their vessel. In a search of the vessel, the officers found a total of 52 rock lobsters on board, two of which were measured as undersized and returned to the water.

Kununurra boating changes

Kimberley boaters and tourists should be aware that the waters adjacent to the two major dams in Kununurra have been formally closed to boating and swimming in response to ongoing safety concerns.

Waters 200 metres upstream and downstream of the Ord Diversion Dam on Lake Kununurra, right next to the town itself, and the Ord River Dam on Lake Argyle were recently gazetted as closed waters permanently prohibiting all vessels and swimmers from using the areas.

Positive Report Card for WA Fisheries Management

JUNE 1 (PRESS RELEASE): A joint Department of Fisheries and Murdoch University study has revealed the department’s management initiatives in Western Australia are achieving their intended results.

The study was funded with a grant of $576,510 from the Commonwealth Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and ran for five years.

Positive Report Card for WA Fisheries Management

JUNE 1 (PRESS RELEASE): A joint Department of Fisheries and Murdoch University study has revealed the department’s management initiatives in Western Australia are achieving their intended results.

The study was funded with a grant of $576,510 from the Commonwealth Government’s Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) and ran for five years.

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