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.

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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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