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Recreational angling in the firing line.
« on: May 17, 2016, 04:46:30 PM »
Breaking news....VRFish has been verbally notified at the AFMA RecFishing Forum in Canberra today that recreational fishing has been nominated as a key threatening process under the EPBC Act.  We had to check the calendar to see if it was the 1st of April.  Regrettably, it's not.  A similar nomination was made in 2012 and it was rejected by the Federal Environment Minister. 
A new public consultation process will now be triggered. We understand that fishers around the nation will have lots questions and comments about this news.  Please feel free to share them and we will do our best to get some answers.
It's extremely disappointing to see the anti-fishing community put up an ambit claim to stop recreational fishing, one of our most popular national pastimes.
We were notified at an AFMA meeting by the staff member from the Environment Department.
We are very fortunate in Victoria to have Jaala Pulford MP, Minister responsible for fisheries and the Andrews Government who want to grow recreational fishing in recognition of the massive social and economic benefits. 
Rest assured VRFish will work with our State and national colleagues to make sure this nonsensical proposal is unsuccessful. It is also worth noting that AFMA do not have a role in this issue.


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Re: Recreational angling in the firing line.
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2016, 06:57:57 PM »
I'm told this paragraph was excluded from the VRFish announcement.  This was included in the proposal.
 "For this reason we have chosen to focus this key
threatening process nomination on recreational fishing that is competition game fishing, especially fishing for sharks,
tuna and marlins. All other forms of recreational fishing are excluded. Hereafter in this nomination, this type of fishing
will be simply referred to as ‘recreational fishing’."

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Re: Recreational angling in the firing line.
« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2016, 07:15:44 AM »
Big difference that exclusion makes

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Re: Recreational angling in the firing line.
« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2016, 03:22:48 PM »
Disappointing the paragraph was excluded but good this it was corrected as it makes a huge difference.  As for stopping competition fishing for Sharks, Tuna and Marlin, how about they concentrate some of their effort on stopping illegal fishing.  Shark finning is out of control for 1 thing, who knows what is happening in Antarctic waters now Sea Shepherd is no longer down there patrolling and on that note who is patrolling our fishing grounds in general?

 

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