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Fishing World

November 2021

Fishing World is Australia’s longest established fishing magazine and has been serving the needs of anglers for more than 46 years. Fisho is Australia’s premier fishing magazine and has become known as the “sport fishing bible”. Voted Best National Magazine 2014 Australian Fishing Trade Association.

Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min
state of play

AN amendment to the NSW Animal Welfare Legislation has angered the state’s fishos. Fine print in the proposed bill could pave the way for extreme anti-fishing groups to prohibit and penalise fishos for the “harm” they cause. The proposal aims to add invertebrates such as crustaceans and cephalopod molluscs to the list of animals – including fish – which are covered under the revised Act. This not only includes aquatic animals in captivity, but also in the wild. These new laws, as the NSW RFA explains, “will specifically acknowledge psychological suffering in the definition of cruelty”. It’s a slippery slope, especially in the current world of populist politics, social media and quasi science. At first glance, it’s hard to argue with a proposal that promotes greater protection for animals. However, make no mistake,…

10 min
screen time

Ever-improving sounder technology is largely responsible for influencing the way recreational fishos go about targeting certain species. And with the likelihood of better success rates as a result, it’s quite easy to understand why many seek to upgrade their units and remain in tune with the best technology available. You’ll commonly hear anglers referencing the term “the fish really have nowhere to hide now” and it truly is hard to argue against this when considering the modern day sonar scene. The exquisite detail and clarity that these units are capable of displaying literally reaches a point where you could almost depict the specific anatomy on a fish return or even watch a fish swim up and inhale your lure in real time! For some particular species, sounder tech advancements have naturally had…

1 min
new stock assessment shows nsw mulloway "depleted"

THE latest Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) mulloway stock status report has re-classified the species from "overfished" to "depleted" in NSW. The report shows commercial landings of mulloway in NSW steadily declined from almost 400 tonne in the mid-1970s to a historic low of 37 tonne in 2008–09. In 2019, the total state-wide commercial catch was 48 tonne. The most recent estimate of the recreational harvest of mulloway in NSW was approximately 12,000 fish weighing an estimated 90 tonne during 2017–18. Up until 2016-17, the NSW commercial mulloway fishery was based largely on juveniles with around 80 per cent of catch less than 700 millimetres – the approximate length at maturity for female mulloway in NSW. Since the early-2000s, the spawning potential ratio for mulloway in NSW has been consistently estimated…

1 min

Netflix recently screened a much-viewed documentary on the damage caused by industrial fishing to the oceans and their species, and to many of the workers engaged in the industry. Seaspiracy is definitely worth watching, although many of the destructive practices it highlights have already been covered in earlier documentaries and articles and some of the facts and statistics around bycatch, discards and pollution cited appear to be somewhat questionable. Still, it does present a lot of worrying material together in one place, so take a look with an open mind…. but maybe not if you’re feeling COVID depressed, there are lots of violent and confronting scenes.…

2 min
fishcare vols lead the way with “clean up your fishing spot” initiative

There’s nothing more disappointing than arriving at your local fishing location to find it strewn with unsightly litter. While rubbish in the form of soft drink bottles and fast food wrappers could have been left behind by anyone, it’s hard to argue that litter such as discarded plastic bait bags, old line and lure packaging isn’t directly related to recreational fishing. Every piece of fishing-related litter on beaches, riverbanks and in the water is a really bad look for the recreational fishing sector and erodes support for our sport from the general community. As well as looking bad, this litter also has a direct impact on our environment, more often than not ending up in our oceans and waterways as pollution. Fish, seabirds and marine mammals unfortunately ingest plastics or become entangled by…

1 min
recreational fishing supports thousands of jobs across queensland

A NEW economic report shows recreational fishing by Queenslanders supported more than 3,000 jobs in the state and injected more than $330 million into the Queensland economy. The Economic Contribution of Recreational Fishing by Queenslanders to Queensland report, prepared by BDO EconSearch, used data and expenditure analysis from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries’ 2019–20 statewide recreational fishing survey. The report found that recreational fishing injects more than $138m directly into the economy and another $195m in flow-on benefits. The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries says economic indicators can help assess the contribution of recreational fishing and compare it to different sectors, including commercial, charter and traditional fishing. Read the report here: www.daf.qld.gov.au WIN! Fishing World and Berkley are giving one lucky winner each month the chance to win a handful of new Berkley…