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  • Victoria’s Commercial Fisheries of 1862
  • By Ross Winstanley* In July 1862, Victoria's out-going Inspector of Fisheries and Oyster Beds, James Putwain, wrote a report of his observations of the colony's commercial fisheries to deputy premier Charles Duffy.  Irish-born Duffy was the Commissioner for Public Works, President of the Board o...

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  • Victorian Government’s plan fails
  • The peak industry body for commercial fishers in Victoria is Seafood Industry Victoria (SIV).  SIV is funded by a small compulsory fee on all Victorian fishing licences. The Victorian Government recently wrote to Victorian fishers asking if they wanted to continue paying this fee.  Victoria has...

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  • Fishing industry providing shark samples for assessments
  • Four years ago, AFMA installed cameras on gillnet vessels targeting sharks in the south-east fishery to monitor dolphin and sea-lion interactions. However, a consequence of doing this was that human observers were removed from these vessels.  These observers collected data on interactions with d...

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  • Australia Post recognises sustainability of South-East Target Fish Stocks
  • REPRODUCED FROM AUSTRALIA POST WEBSITE Sustainable fishing means keeping fishing activity to a level that allows it to continue indefinitely, maintaining the integrity of ecosystems where fishing occurs, and using non-destructive, wild-capture fishing techniques. Australia rates highly on an i...

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  • A wake-up call for recreational fishing in Australia
  • By Ross Winstanley* Recreational fishing in Australia faces an interesting challenge: a recent decline in the community's view of its sustainability.  While community perceptions of commercial fishing's sustainability sit at a lower level, the industry has invested heavily - and with some succes...

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