We had some help from the guys at the other day. Thanks to Rhys and the team for helping sort out the publication of this press release. Much appreciated.

A little gem from Emily of Boat Ed

Mobile apps bring convenience to a wide range of activities these days and the practicality of apps for people at sea are no exception. There are so many apps these days that help you safe at sea as well as many apps that store a large quantity of information about rules and regulations seafarers need to be aware of, and be able to access quickly.

The main goal of these apps is to make life at sea that bit more straight forward. An example of such conveniences, is the app that monitors the position of your boat using GPS, and the app that enables accurate weather predictions while at sea. Precise information on these issues is particularly important and now we have the technology available that can perform these important functions while at sea.

Other apps hold a large volume of information about rules and regulations while at sea. No longer is there a need to have large books that make so much helpful information impossible to access. Vast amounts of information can now be accessed at the touch of a button, in simple but extremely useful apps. An important function of these apps is to give seafarers the peace of mind they need that they can access important information quickly if they need it. This info-graphic from Boat Ed gives you all the information you need on the must have apps for seafarers available to download today.


Our Marine Zones

Apparently our Marine Zones, and in particular those in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, are working.

The combination of marine reserves and fishing controls appears to be working to protect the Great Barrier Reef as well as preserve stocks of commercially important species, say researchers.

The findings come out of a 30-year monitoring effort by scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science and James Cook University…”

I’d like to think that we are helping with the controls, and helping all Australian fisoh’s to identify these controls.

See the whole article here:

Nice to see fish stocks are increasing within these areas. We just need to look after them so we have fish to enjoy.


Will our Marine Zones help the mighty Bluefin?

I had no idea that the Bluefin had been over-fished so much. I’ve always wanted to catch one…I’m not so sure now.

Will the amount of marine parks being established and maintained help the situation? Only time will tell I guess.

This article by SVATI KIRSTEN NARULA JAN 5 2014, talks about the decline in numbers by over 96%…

Marine Zones App – GPS

The other month I was introduced to this cool app. It does a lot of stuff that I have no interest in…but one thing that does interest me, especially when fishing close to the edge of marine zones, is it shows you the accuracy of your device in real time.

Many people have asked me “how accurate is the GPS on the iPhone?” and it looks as though this app gives some sort of indication. It looks as though it logs/records your location every second and you can easily view the details.

Below is a snap shot of the figures my device (iPhone 4) was showing.

GPS Accuracy

So this tells me that the phone…out in the open and not shoved in a pocket, under a canopy or in a cabin, can get me as close as 5 metres to being on the money. For the fisherman, this is pretty re-assuring if you want to get close without crossing into that marine zone. A great deal better than 40 meters accuracy.

Not bad for a little phone. As technology improves this accuracy will only get better!

So what’s this app? Well heres a snapshot of the details. I assume it’s available for Android as well…but can’t verify that. Give it a try and see what your device is capable of.



Don’t forget to allow logging of your GPS points or you won’t be able to see any details.

Have fun!



NSW – tell them what you think. Time is running out.

G’day NSW fisho’s.

Here’s a reminded that you have just days left to provide feedback on options to change a range of recreational fishing rules in NSW, including bag limits and some size limits and fishing methods.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Director Recreational & Indigenous Fisheries, Peter Turnell is encouraging people to have their say.
“It is important that we get feedback from as many individuals and groups as possible before making any decisions on changes to recreational fishing rules.

“Anyone with an interest in our aquatic resources should take the opportunity to make a decision, but they must be quick – submissions close July 31.
“Fishing rules apply to help ensure healthy and sustainable fisheries for future generations.
“Different rules apply for both saltwater and freshwater fishing, and it’s important we get them right.”
Have your say page can be found at:


And the review can be found at the above site or from this link:


Get cracking

Fishing in 275m of water.

Thats a damn long way down to be fishing!


Alaskan man catches fish believed to be 200 years old


Henry Liebman with the shortraker rockfish that has been estimated at up to 200 years old. It’s not your everyday catch.

A fisherman off the coast of southern Alaska has reeled in a ‘shortraker’ that’s bright pink, more than a metre long and believed to be up to 200 years old.

The fish, a type of rockfish, was caught in 275 metres of water, weighed in at 17.7 kilograms and was just under 104 centimetres long, the LA Times reported.

Sport fisherman Henry Liebman, from Seattle, holds his record-breaking shortraker rockfish at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game office. Photo: AP

But it was its age that saw the fish become an internet sensation.

Troy Tidingco, Sitka area manager for the state Department of Fish and Game, certified Henry Liebman’s catch and told the Daily Sitka Sentinel that the fish might be in the neighbourhood of 200 years old.

“The rougheye is the oldest-aged fish at 205,” Tydingco told the paper.

He said oldest shortraker caught had been 175 years, but that fish “was quite a bit smaller than the one Henry caught.”

“So his could be substantially older,” he said.

Samples of the fish have been sent to a laboratory where the actual age will be determined.

The LA Times reported that the fish was likely to be at least 100 years old, and that scientists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game would determine the precise age by slicing through the fish’s head and removing two small ear bones called otoliths that float in a cavity beneath the brain.

The otoliths have rings like a tree, which allow scientists to estimate how old the fish is by counting the rings.

The Times also reported the reason why MR Liebman did not throw the ancient fish back into the ocean.

“When a rockfish caught in 275 metres of water is brought to the surface it usually dies,” Julie Speegle, a spokeswoman for the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Alaska region told reporter Deborah Netburn.

This was because the fish have a gas-filled “swim bladder” that they use to control buoyancy. When they are brought to the surface, the gas in the bladder expands and can cause it to burst, killing the fish.

Kristen Green, a ground fish biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, told the Times that what made this catch unusual was that it was brought in by a recreational fisherman.

“There is always a feeling that it is sad when something this old is taken from the sea, but this is a drop in the bucket compared to what the commercial fisheries take,” Green said.

“He just happened to be fishing at a really deep depth. Most recreational fisherman don’t fish that deep.”

Story courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald

July 4, 2013

Boo to the Lonely Planet

Not only is the reef a great place to dive…but a damn good place to fish!

Surely this is a G up! At least Australia got one on the list.



Barrier Reef misses top dive site list

The Great Barrier Reef has been snubbed in the Lonely Planet’s list of top dive spots but remote caves under the Nullarbor Plain in Western Australia have made the grade.

The travel publisher released its list of the top 10 world dive sites this week, with the Great Blue Hole in Belize taking out the top spot.

Diving at Cocklebiddy Cave, a series of caves about 1200 kilometres east of Perth, came in at number nine, ahead of exploring Greenpeace’s wrecked Rainbow Warrior ship which was bombed by French spies in 1985 in Auckland Harbour.

Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators boss Col McKenzie says Lonely Planet may have excluded the Great Barrier Reef to create controversy.

‘‘It’s unbelievable that not one of the sites out of the 2600km of reef doesn’t rate highly enough,’’ he told AAP.

‘‘There’s a little bit of nonsense going on.’’

He says Cocklebiddy Cave doesn’t compare to the Queensland reef, as only experienced divers can visit the site, which includes a 6km tunnel.

Mr McKenzie says the snub is not likely to affect tourist numbers visiting the reef.

A Lonely Planet spokesman says the list isn’t definitive and is a one-off guide put together by the publisher.

Lonely Planet’s world top 10 dive sites

1. Great Blue Hole, Belize

2. Chuuk Lagoon, Micronesia

3. Manta Ray Village, Hawaii

4. Samarai Island, Papua New Guinea

5. Pulau Sipadan, Malaysia

6. Cocos Island, Costa Rica

7. Gansbaai, South Africa

8. Ras Mohammed National Park, Egypt

9. Cocklebiddy Cave, Western Australia

10. Rainbow Warrior, New Zealand.

What Lonely Planet said about Cocklebiddy cave

Australia’s Nullarbor Plain may appear waterless, but beneath this enormous limestone block there’s a series of caves, including Cocklebiddy Cave.

This 6.7km-long, arrow-straight tunnel is almost entirely flooded, making for one of the world’s premier cave dives.

It was here in 1983 that French cavers racked up the world’s longest cave dive by exploring to Cocklebiddy’s end.

The cave is situated 10km north of remote Cocklebiddy Roadhouse; divers must obtain permits from Western Australia’s Conservation and Land Management (CALM) department. Experienced cave divers only; no tours are offered.

Article by Cleo Fraser
Sydney Morning Herald
18th April, 2013.


Now you see it…now you don’t.

This must be like a big sand bar. They should be looking at the floor to see what’s down there.

Probably a great place to fish!


A research ship carrying University of Sydney researcher Maria Seton cruised through the Coral Sea, off the east coast, bearing down on Sandy Island last October.

The digital scientific databases used by the researchers showed the island to be more than 20 kilometres long, north to south, and about five kilometres wide. Manhattan-sized.

“Google and National Geographic quickly removed Sandy Island from all of their maps.

But when the ship reached the place where the island should have been, the researchers saw only open ocean. Sandy Island simply wasn’t there.

The bizarre and complicated story of ghostly Sandy Island is a cautionary tale about what we know and don’t know in the 21st century.

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Seton’s ”undiscovery” of the island prompted a Fairfax Media story that went viral. This was big news in the world of cartography; experts were puzzled, and some wondered if Sandy Island had been eroded away by the waves, like some ephemeral coral atolls. Google and National Geographic quickly removed Sandy Island from all of their maps.

Ms Seton, meanwhile, dug into the mystery and has now published an obituary of Sandy Island in EOS, the journal of the American Geophysical Union.

Her research showed that the island appeared on the 1908 edition of a British admiralty map, which indicated that Sandy Island had been discovered in 1876 in French territorial waters by the whaling ship Velocity.

The island remained a shadowy presence in the cartographic world. Some maps labelled it ED, for ”existence doubtful”. French hydrographic maps deleted Sandy Island once and for all in 1974.

But the island kept popping up in other places. It was clearly marked on a 1982 US Defence Mapping Agency map, with a cryptic annotation: ”Reported 1876. Reported to be about 4 miles east, 1968.”

Ms Seton’s research pointed her to the US military database, which had converted old, hard-copy charts to a digital format. But there were errors – perhaps decades old – lurking in the new data set.

Modern cartography is far removed from the era when maps went blank around the edges or carried the warning ”Here Be Dragons”. But experts said the craft remains vulnerable to error.

It’s possible that what the whaling vessel saw in 1876 was a floating raft of stone – a ”pumice raft”.

Washington Post

Published in the Sydney Morning Herald
April 17th, 2013.

The latest on NSW Marine Parks

Looks to me like it’s the beginning of the end of most of the Marine Parks in NSW!


Bans lifted on fishing in sanctuaries


Every marine park in NSW will be reviewed, and bans on recreational fishing lifted in most marine sanctuaries, under major changes to environment laws announced by the state government.

The reversal of current practice follows the government’s recent five-year moratorium on the establishment of new marine parks, and constitutes a sea change in fisheries management.

”There has been a lot of criticism in the past that marine parks were only established for political purposes,” said the Primary Industries Minister, Katrina Hodgkinson. ”We want to get past the politics.”

The opposition and the NSW Greens accused the government of capitulation to the whims of the Shooters and Fishers Party.

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The Coalition said the former Labor government of establishing new protection zones in the Jervis Bay and Solitary Islands marine parks shortly before the last election to attract Greens preferences.

The changes follow an audit of marine parks delivered to the government by University of Queensland professor Bob Beeton last year.

Ms Hodgkinson said that in response to the audit, a Marine Expert Knowledge Panel was set up, which will consider not only the science of marine park establishment but also the socio-economic impacts, chaired by Andrew Stoeckel from the Australian National University.

The panel will report to a new Marine Estate Management Authority, to include directors-general of relevant government agencies and chaired by Wendy Craik, a member of the Federal Productivity Commission. The authority will advise Ms Hodgkinson and the Environment Minister, Robyn Parker, on the future of the state’s marine park estate.

Ms Parker said the authority would look at estuaries and marine parks ”right up and down the coast line, making sure that we look at that in a holistic way”.

Existing prohibitions on line fishing from land within all but one sanctuary zone, Burrewarra Point in Batemans marine park, will also be immediately lifted.

Ms Hodgkinson said the decision to lift restrictions on line fishing from rock faces and beaches in marine park was taken because Professor Beeton’s audit found the activity had ”minimal impact”. But the audit did endorse marine sanctuaries in some circumstances.

”This move is contrary to the recommendations of their own scientific audit,” said the opposition environment spokesman, Luke Foley. ”It is Mr O’Farrell’s latest dirty deal with the Shooters and Fishers Party, following allowing amateur shooting in national parks.”

The NSW criticised the changes. ”The existing bans on recreational fishing on some beaches and headlands exist for a reason, and that’s because they do seriously affect the fish species that reside there,” said Greens MP Cate Faehrmann.

An inquiry into recreational fishing in 2010 heard from marine scientists who noted the marine sanctuaries system had wide public support, and that recreational fishing had a bigger impact on some species than commercial fishing.

Article by : Sean Nicholls, Ben Cubby 


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