2nd February 2016

Following a higher than expected level of albatross mortalities on the Geelong Star’s last fishing trip in the Small Pelagic Fishery, the vessel will not fish again until additional mitigation measures are agreed by Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) to minimise any further interactions.

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8th January 2016

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) has expressed disappointment and concern that the Geelong Star operators have not heeded advice from ARFF or honoured undertakings made at a meeting with the Government, Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), ARFF and the vessel operators before Christmas.  This follows reports that the Geelong Star has been fishing the popular and iconic recreational fishing grounds off Bermagui on the South coast of NSW in recent days after ARFF advised them not to fish these areas.

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27th November 2015

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF), the national organisation representing the interests of Australia’s recreational fishing community has called for proposed talks called by the new federal Minister for fisheries on the fishing operations of the Geelong Star to address the concerns of recreational fishers and the hundreds of coastal communities that support them.

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24th November 2015

GFAA President Doug Sanderson with Conservation Officer Dr. Evan Jones at Parliament House this morning.  Brett Cleary (immediate past President) also attended the event.

 

 

 

 

 

9th November 2015

We have just received the news that participation in recreational fishing in Victoria has been estimated at 838,000 people, up from 721,000 in the previous 2009 study.  Recreational fishing is also estimated to generate $7.1 billion in economic activity (including $2.6 billion in direct output) and supports 33,967 full-time jobs in Victoria.

Download the VRFish press release here.