Please select your home edition
Pantaenius FBW Comprehensive 728x90

Anglers praised during Operation Abate

by Sarah Hetherington 14 Jan 06:08 UTC
Anglers praised during Operation Abate © Sarah Hetherington

The recreational fishing community is being praised for doing the right thing and largely sticking by catch limits following the completion of Operation Abate, during which nearly 2,700 anglers were inspected by Fisheries officers on Port Phillip and Western Port.

Victorian Fisheries Authority Acting State Manager Operations Chris Angwin said uniformed and plain-clothed officers undertook patrols from boats and the shore, through daylight hours and at night during the four-week blitz.

"The vast majority of fishers were obeying minimum sizes and daily bag limits, which is terrific to see. Our overall compliance rate was 93 per cent, with no boats seized and no serious offences detected that require court prosecution," Mr Angwin said.

"Some infringement notices were issued for exceeding the snapper catch limit, fishing without a licence and fishing inside marine sanctuaries at the Jawbone and Ricketts Point.

"Officers also reported, unlike previous years, several anglers were keeping undersize flathead to use as bait. Keeping undersize fish, even for use as bait soon after they're landed, is not permitted.

"Some anglers were surprised to be asked about their boating safety equipment during inspections by Fisheries officers, who are also authorised under the Marine Safety Act.

"We encourage all boating anglers to check they have flares in date, enough lifejackets of the right type for everyone aboard, and a working fire extinguisher in an accessible spot.

"We want people to enjoy their time on the water and be prepared in case the unexpected happens and they find themselves faced with an on-water emergency."

Mr Angwin said the biggest snapper observed during Operate Abate was 8kg and that the season had been one of contrasting fortunes for many anglers with good catches some trips and not others, and generally more productive snapper fishing in Western Port.

"Excellent catches of yank flathead had been observed, with kingfish showing up more recently at Port Phillip Heads and King George whiting on the increase in both bays in what is expected to be a very good season for them."

Anglers and the public are encouraged to report any suspicious or illegal fishing activity to 13FISH (133474), anytime.

Related Articles

13FISH nabs duo with big abalone haul
Fisheries Officers observed the two men take the 89 abalone in Lighthouse Bay A good Samaritan's phone call to 13FISH on Friday evening has helped Fisheries Officers at Port Fairy apprehend two men from Point Cook allegedly in possession of 89 abalone, 88 of which were undersize. Posted on 8 Jan
King George whiting set to boom
High numbers of juvenile King George whiting have been surveyed in Port Phillip Bay Victorian fishers have welcomed 2019 with the news that high numbers of juvenile King George whiting have been surveyed in Port Phillip Bay for the third consecutive year. Posted on 4 Jan
Men caught with 11 times abalone limit
Four men arrested after being found with 173 abalone Four men from St Albans and West Footscray have been arrested after being found with 173 abalone – more than 11 times the daily bag limit. Posted on 4 Jan
Boats seized for illegal Calamari Hauls
Fisheries Officers have seized two boats As part of Operation Jazz, Fisheries Officers have seized two boats and four men will face charges relating to the alleged illegal harvest of calamari near Queenscliff in recent months. Posted on 3 Jan
It's Pipi Season
Daily pipi catch limit of 2 litres per person Victoria boasts some wonderful pipi fisheries down the west coast and east coast, including Venus Bay. Posted on 1 Jan
Snobs Creek annual report now available
Advisory Board has published the hatchery's annual report The Snobs Creek Advisory Board has published the hatchery's annual report that documents where funds have been spent in the 2017-18 financial year and the big wins including record stockings of trout and native fish. Posted on 22 Dec 2018
13FISH nabs abalone thieves at Port Fairy
A good Samaritan's phone call to 13FISH has helped Fisheries Officers apprehend four men The daily catch limit is five abalone per person. Victorian Fisheries Authority Director of Enforcement and Education Ian Parks said Fisheries Officers from the Warrnambool station responded to the call and inspected the men's catch Posted on 18 Dec 2018
Boosting estuary perch stocks in East Gippsland
67,500 estuary perch fingerlings releaseed in East Gippsland Recreational anglers in East Gippsland are celebrating the release of 67,500 estuary perch fingerlings today that will improve their fishing chances in the years ahead. Posted on 28 Nov 2018
Big trout equal big bucks for north east Victoria
Stocking of 2,000 monster rainbow trout has generated an estimated $1.1 million dollars for business A recent economic report has revealed that the stocking of 2,000 monster rainbow trout by the Victorian Government in September has generated an estimated $1.1 million dollars for businesses in the Murrindindi Shire. Posted on 30 Oct 2018
More yabby nets arrive for free swap
Recreational anglers are being encouraged once again to swap their opera house yabby nets Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) CEO Travis Dowling said there was an incredibly positive response from anglers in September to the first offer that saw 4,000 nets swapped in only a few weeks. Posted on 24 Oct 2018
Marina Exchange FOOTER 1