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Improved signage is the key to preventing more fishing deaths

by ABC News on 25 Apr 2013
Two rock fishermen are almost swamped by a big wave ABC News
In the last 20 years there have been over 150 rock fishing deaths in NSW alone, with the majority of these being within the Asian community.

The Recreational Fishing Alliance of NSW says improving signage is the key to preventing more deaths on rock fishing platforms.

A 44 year old man from Hebersham died Monday morning after being washed off Honeymoon Rocks near Hill 60 at Port Kembla, while fishing without a life jacket.

The President of the Alliance, Malcolm Poole, says a lot of work is going in to developing flotation devices that are suitable for fishermen and easy to swim in.

He says signage at popular and potentially dangerous spots like Port Kembla needs to be improved.

'There is a message getting out there somewhere but we aren't getting to all the fishers it appears and that's what the critical next part of the component will be,' he said.

'And signage could be the only way to get to them we think.'

Original article here.
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