24th September 2015

From the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation:

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) is calling for an urgent meeting with the Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce to address growing concerns over the factory freezer vessel the “Geelong Star” fishing Australia’s small pelagic fishery.  The call follows a crisis meeting in Melbourne of the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF)........

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16th September 2015

From the Australian Fisheries Management Authority:

Change in fishing conditions in the Small Pelagic Fishery

The ban on mid-water trawling in the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) during the hours of darkness has been removed given that a trigger limit on dolphin mortalities is in place.  That is, the management measure that if a single dolphin mortality occurs in any one of the seven SPF management zones, that respective zone will be closed for six months.  This is in addition to other measures to reduce the risk of marine mammal interactions. This change will come into place on 17 September 2015.......

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14th September 2015

VRFish, the recreational fishing peak body in Victoria representing 721,000 fishers has slammed calls from the Humane Society International to list recreational game fishing as a key threatening process under federal environment legislation.

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4th September 2015

The Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation (ARFF) is calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to display caution when considering removing the ban on the Geelong Star from fishing at night. The foreign owned factory trawler was banned by fisheries authorities from fishing at night after it killed eight dolphins on its first two trips to sea.

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