New group to advise minister on recreational fishing matters

A NEW advisory body, Recreational Fishing NSW, is to replace the tired and sluggish Advisory Council on Recreational Fishing (ACoRF).

During her electioneering visit to Ballina late last week, Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson announced that the new outfit was to form 'following feedback from recreational fishers'.

Ms Hodgkinson said Recreational Fishing NSW would include eight regional members and two others with expertise in spearfishing and charter-boat fishing.

All will be selected by an expression-of-interest process, which has not yet been announced. There will also be an independent chair appointed.

ACoRF's 12 members, or at least a quorum of them, have met only sporadically in recent years and the general gripe seems to concern a lack of participation from people who genuinely fish, rather than the career-committee crowd.

The new group will advise the minister on recreational fishing matters and will be responsible for providing feedback and guidance on policies and expenditure priorities from the Recreational Fishing Trust freshwater and saltwater accounts.

The eight regions proposed are Mid/Far North Coast, Lower North Coast, Sydney and Central Coast, Illawarra, South Coast, Northwest Inland, Southwest Inland, Central and Southern Tablelands.

A still image from the new Evans Head bar cam
A still image from the new Evans Head bar cam

Evans bar cam

MARITIME Services has installed a webcam focused firmly on the Evans River bar and it's doing a great job, providing live images of the site 24/7.

>> See the Evans Head bar cam here

Housed in the Marine Rescue complex on the Razorback Hill, the camera has been installed in a bid to increase boater safety when crossing this popular bar.

The Evans cam is among 18 now installed in NSW, including at Tweed Heads, Brunswick Heads, Ballina and Iluka/Yamba.

Southerly swell

A BURST of southerly swell, and some northerly winds to stand up the waves, doesn't bode well for the beaches and offshore grounds this weekend.

Spring tides associated with tonight's full moon also mean there'll be plenty of water moving about in the lower estuaries. It's the last bit of runoff that carries the acidic water from the back swamps, and it's this water that can burn holes in the slime layer that protects fishes' scales. Bacteria can then get between the scales and cause epizootic ulcerative disease, or 'red spot'.

If you catch a fish with red sores, just let it go and don't touch the sores. Unless the fish is in a really bad way, it will survive.

Trailer Boat Show

IF YOU'RE in the Big Smoke this weekend with time on your hands, you could do a lot worse than head to Sydney Showgrounds at Homebush for the Sydney Trailer Boat Show.

Best of all, it's still free.

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