This Month

Apply now for $5M in Better Boating grants:

08/06/09: – .Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said today increased funding has made available for recreational boating infrastructure projects under NSW Maritime’s Better Boating Program.

Mr Tripodi said $5 million has been provided in the 2009-10 Program and from today applicants are invited to put forward projects they think may qualify.

“Boating clubs, community groups, councils and other organisations will be able to apply for Better Boating grants worth $25 million over the next five years,” Mr Tripodi said.

“That’s an increase of $2 million a year on previous funding programs for facilities such as boat ramps, public wharves, jetties, sewage pump out facilities and public moorings.”

Mr Tripodi said to be eligible for funding, projects must be available for use by a broad cross section of the boating public. Infrastructure must also be of a lasting nature have the support of local councils and the community.............Read More

$4800 fine for fishing offences:

05/06/09: – A man and a woman have been fined a total of $4800 for multiple fisheries offences in the Wentworth Local Court this week. NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Compliance Manager Glenn Tritton said a NSW DPI Fisheries Officer conducted surveillance of illegally set lines in the Murray River near Mildura on 21 August 2007.

A 42 year old man and a 39 year old woman, both from Victoria, were apprehended after they had checked the lines.

“The NSW DPI Fisheries Officers seized ten silver perch, which are a threatened species and totally protected in rivers, six set lines which were set with a total of 12 hooks, and a keeper net plus two other fish,” Mr Tritton said. “They were each charged with using live finfish for bait, using excess lines, using excess lines with more than one hook, using unmarked fishing lines, possessing prohibited size fish and possessing vulnerable species..............Read More

Operation ‘Cold Water’:

03/06/09: – NSW Maritime is to stage a statewide boating safety campaign called Operation Cold Water this long weekend. South Region Manager Craig Whitmore said Boating Safety Officers of NSW Maritime would be out in force on State waters with an emphasis in alpine areas.

“Boating Safety Officers will conduct on-water safety checks and will be checking vessel Safety Labels which carry safety information and indicate the maximum number of people to be carried aboard.”

“The Safety Label also reminds people of the need to carry a lifejacket for each person. “In the cooler months, a lifejacket not only provides buoyancy if needed but can help insulate against the cold.” Operation Cold Water aims to raise awareness of danger of hypothermia.

Exposure to cold air or water temperatures can lead to hypothermia which is the condition of low body-core temperature. This results from prolonged heat loss due to immersion or inappropriate clothing or protection in cold, wet and windy conditions.............Read More

A clearer path for native fish:

01/06/09: – A new collaboration project between NSW Department of Primary Industries and State Water is underway to improve fish passage, making it easier for fish to move freely through rivers and creeks in the western region, NSW DPI Senior Conservation Manager, Sam Davis, said today.

The project has research support from The Waterbirds, Wetlands and Rivers Research Laboratory of the University of NSW and has been funded by the Rivers Environmental Restoration Program.

“Native fish undergo both small and large scale migrations throughout their life to find food, shelter, mates and spawning sites,” Ms Davis said.

“These native fish, such as Murray cod and golden perch, are known to have difficulty negotiating weirs, causeways, culverts and other blockages/barriers such as pipes and floodgates in creeks..............Read More

Last Month

Licence logbooks for safer boating in NSW:
31/05/09: – .People applying for a power boat licence will have to show they have practical ‘on-water’ boating experience under new licence regulations which come into force next week. Ports and Waterways Minister Joe Tripodi said from Monday (June 1, 2009) anyone wanting a licence will have to complete a Boating Licence Practical Logbook or attend a registered training provider course.............Read More

50 Point Boat Safety Check from Blakes Marine:
28/05/09: – Your boating should be fun and relaxing. As the skipper you should ensure that you have done what you can to protect the safety of your passengers and yourself whilst on the waterways. Blakes Marine offer a 50 Point Safety Check for only $99.00. Adding the 50 Point Safety Check to your maintenance schedule will help to keep you and the crew safe on the water...........Read More

Merimbula Lake artificial reef completed:
29/05/09: – The waters of Merimbula Lake are expected to fill up, with more finned tenants due to check out the NSW South Coast’s newest underwater development. Installation of the State’s fifth artificial reef, located in the depths of Merimbula Lake.....Read More

Trout season closes after June Long Weekend:
28/05/09: – The annual trout season in NSW will close in streams and rivers at midnight on Monday, June 8 to allow brown, rainbow and brook trout a chance to breed on their annual spawning run, NSW Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald, said today..............Read More

Heavy fines for illegal fishing:
26/05/09: :– Three men charged with illegal fishing and abusing a fisheries officer have been fined a combined total of more than $16,000. The men, a 44 year old from Bermagui, and a 37 and 43 year old from Ulladulla were apprehended by New South Wales......Read More

Control noxious aquatic pest on NSW Far South Coast:
25/05/09: :– The NSW Department of Primary Industries is working closely with a range of stakeholders to control a noxious weed in Wallagoot Lake, on the NSW Far South Coast, Jane Frances, NSW DPI Manager Aquatic.............Read More

Boat Safety Recall:
23/05/09: :– Marine Power International Pty Ltd has become aware that certain Savage & Bermuda models with an underfloor fuel tank may have been fitted with incorrectly rated hoses running from the fuel tank to the fuel filter and from the fuel tank to the breather/vent......Read More

Prawn trawling restrictions to protect fish during floods:
22/05/09: :– Eight short-term prawn trawling closures are being introduced from today to protect fish stocks impacted by flooding on the NSW north coast, said Peter Turnell, Director Fisheries Operations with NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI). ..............Read More

Maritime issues wild weather warning:
22/05/09: :– NSW Maritime has warned boaters to take extra precautions over the next few days as wild weather hits NSW. The coastal bars from Sydney north to the Tweed are expected to be dangerous and remain so until conditions abate.............Read More

SHIMANO Socorro Reels:
21/05/09::– Exhibiting many desirable features found on higher-end spinning reels, the distinctive black and gold Socorro F packs a powerful punch for anglers looking for a great value for money reel..........Read More

$77 million boost to Hawkesbury Nepean welcomed:
21/05/09: – The NSW Government has welcomed a $77.4 million recovery package for the Hawkesbury Nepean River, which will restore the river system’s health and improve the ecology and water quality...........Read Here

First salvo in the Battle for the Coral Sea:
19/05/09: –Recreational fishing peak bodies and the industry have reacted with mixed emotions after federal environment minister; Peter Garrett today declared 972,000 km2 of the Coral Sea, a Conservation Zone under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Speaking in Sydney, the minister also used the opportunity to launch the East Marine Bioregional Profile which is the first step in marine protected area planning for the east coast.........Read Here

Resnagging program to improve fish habitat:
19/05/09: :– NSW Department of Primary Industries will commence a re-snagging program in the Darling River at Wilcannia to improve native fish habitat, NSW DPI Conservation Manager Aquatic Habitat Rehabilitation, David Cordina, said............Read More

Minister Garrett shows true colours:
19/05/09: – It seems the Australian Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett is more swayed by the US funded PEW rather than fellow Australians directly involved in the Coral Sea going by todays announcement of the establishment of the Coral Sea..........Read More

Fish seized after men caught red handed in Bermagui Recreational Fishing Haven:
19/05/09: – Two men are facing individual fines totalling up to $140,000 for allegedly using illegal fishing gear in the waters of the Bermagui River Recreational Fishing Haven, New South Wales (DPI) Compliance Manager, Glenn Tritton, said today. .......Read Here

Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament 2009:
14/05/09: :– Heading up to Port Stephens for the 2009 Club Marine Trailer Boat Fishing Tournament the rain was so heavy I was half expecting to be passed by a few boats towing cars up the Pacific Hwy. Almost 1100 anglers towed 430 boats...........Read More

Artificial reef takes shape at Merimbula:
13/05/09:The State’s fifth artificial reef will be installed this week providing enhanced recreational fishing experiences for keen fishers. The reefs are part of a five year fisheries enhancement program funded by the Recreational Fishing trust...........Read More

Evinrude E-Tec Racing Award::
12/05/09: – Evinrude E-TEC have come away on top at the 2009 Mildura Ski Race, grabbing first place and breaking existing records across both SMOC expert and social classes. Being driven by Brad Groves, Stalker Evinrude, won both divisions and continued .......Click Here

Receivers appointed to luxury boat builder Riviera:
09/05/09:Deloitte partners Chris Campbell, Vaughan Strawbridge and Richard Hughes, have been appointed as Receivers and Managers of Australian luxury boat builder, Riviera. A statement from the Recievers:........Click Here

Bushy’s Stiffy Twitchbait:
08/05/09: :– Feeling the twitch to chase some Barra? Nothing twitches that itch more than the Stiffy Twitch Bait fresh from the revered Bushy stables. Bushy has hand chosen 9 of best Barra lure colours going around with some models featuring transparent finishes for extra Barra appeal.!....Read More

NSW DPI appealing for help in tracking down elusive pest fish:
06/05/09:Native fish populations could be at risk, with an exotic fish species on the loose in a number of rivers in northern New South Wales, Jane Frances, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Aquatic Biosecurity and Risk Management manager said today.........Read More

Haines Hunter Celebrates 50th Anniversary:
01/05/09:Haines Hunter is celebrating 50 years in the boat business by doing what they do best - giving boaters more value for money. Haines Hunter is releasing a prestigious fleet of Limited Edition boats to celebrate this achievement and the customers who have..........Read More

Previous 2009 News:

Sound waves help bring back the black bream:  
2KY's Hi-Tide radio show axed! : New wave recreational marine radar:
State-wide Easter operation nets illegal fishers: Bushy’s New Boat:
Position Of The Year? : Bushy’s Stiffy Barra Diver lure Range:
Shimano Chronarch D series: BUSHY’s Stiffy Devilfish Vibe:
ACoRF's Response on The Torn Blue Fringe: Matthew Hayden on board for safety campaign:
The Whitehot E-TEC Cashback has arrived!: So long and thanks for all the fish:
Marine park review makes greenies see red!: Telwater guilty of price maintenance:
Victorian Police choose Haines Hunter: Secondhand Boat Secrets – Collector's Edition:
Jenson's All media device’ wallmount stereo: Trailcraft Boats placed in Voluntary Administration:
Safety equipment checks on Sydney Harbour: Ally Craft Run Out Specials:
Lowrance HDS launches: Operation Lights On:
Heavy Penalty for Possessing Illegal Fishing Nets: Shimano AQUA TIP Rod RANGE:
EVINRUDE E-TEC & E10 Fuel: ACCC Institutes Proceedings Against Telwater Pty Ltd:
Apply now for $12 million to boost State’s fishing facilities: Lowrance HDS – maximum advantage:
406 MHz distress beacons save lives: NSW 2009 Fishing guides:
Australia Day long weekend fishing blitz nets results: Ethanol fuel caution for boats:
Blakes Marine Hot Freedom Special: Shimano SUNGLASSES:
Recreational fishers call for a moratorium on harmful pesticides: False floor in boat used to conceal illegal fishing haul:
Shimano STC Allrounder: Rex Hunt to fight road rage charges:
Evinrude E-TEC now has a 5 year Warranty!: A revised code of practice for recreational fishing:
Illegal fishing blitz underway in Sydney waters: A New Board for recreational fishing’s peak body:

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