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Inland Fisheries Service News

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Winner of the IFS licence promotion boat package receives his prize

Winner of the IFS licence promotion boat package receives his prize

Jan 08, 2014

Yesterday (8 January 2013) the Minister for Fisheries, Deputy Premier Bryan Green and Director of Inland Fisheries, John Diggle were in South Spreyton to present the winner of the IFS licence promotion draw prize. Mr Greg Morrison, whose name was picked from a random draw of licence holders was delighted to receive the $22,000 boat package. The draw was for all full season licence holders that purchased their licence before 30 November 2013. After initial disbelief at being told he had won the prize Mr Morrison had to call back to express his thanks and surprise at his win. It was all very real when Mr Morrison took delivery from the Minister and the IFS Director and he was very happy.Director and he was very happy. Thanks to Coastal Marine and Marine and Safety Tasmania for their support of this promotion.

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Winners of the December junior licence holder prize draw

Winners of the December junior licence holder prize draw

Jan 08, 2014

Congratulations to Toby Murray from Devonport. Toby is the December winner of the junior licence holder monthly draw for the 2013/2014 season. We hope Toby takes advantage of the fine weather at present and tries out his new rod and reel.

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Circular Head Landcare Group:  important notes for fishermen – Ricegrass program 2014

Circular Head Landcare Group: important notes for fishermen – Ricegrass program 2014

Jan 06, 2014

Ricegrass is an invasive species which colonises mudflats and estuaries. It clogs up channels, and destroys habitat for wader birds and breeding grounds for fish such as flat-head and flounder. It is out of control in the Rubicon and Tamar estuaries. It can still be eradicated from the Duck River and surrounds. Circular Head Landcare Group has received funding for ricegrass spraying for the next two summers. We are planning to do small scale follow-up work in previously sprayed areas in the Montagu area, plus do some primary control in a new area inside the Duck Estuary. We want to start at the most easterly and most upstream areas, as most of the water flow is to the west. We will spray the eastern side of the Duck River from Eagle point to the Duck River bridge in Smithton, and then on both sides of the river upstream to CH Dolomite. Spraying will mainly be done by contractor, with some of the follow-up done by CH Landcare members. We will be spraying during “no-harvest” times for the oyster farmers which generally correspond with oyster spawning. We are also restricted to spraying at low tide in good weather. We will be using the grass selective herbicide “Fusilade Forte” under the conditions specified in AGVET Permit No. PER 12616. The likely times for spraying in 2014 are 20th – 25th January and 3 – 9th February. There is a 7 day withholding period on Fusilade Forte for animals harvested for human consumption. Therefore to be on the safe side, fish should not be caught and eaten out of the Duck River and Duck Bay round to the river mouth between 20th January and 16th February 2014. These dates, and any changes or updates, will be posted at Smithton public boat ramp and at the reclaimed site directly across the river where people fish from the rocks. For any concerns or more information, please contact: Sue Jennings (0429 337 204).

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Salmon Ponds closed due to high winds (2nd January 2014)

Salmon Ponds closed due to high winds (2nd January 2014)

Jan 01, 2014

The Director of Inland Fisheries Service, John Diggle, has closed the Salmon Ponds at Plenty today (2/1/2014) due to high winds and falling trees on the grounds. The adjacent restaurant will remain open but the grounds are closed due to the public safety risk posed by the current conditions. The IFS apologises for the inconvenience this may cause.

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Arthurs Lake baseline survey 2013

Arthurs Lake baseline survey 2013

Dec 23, 2013

During late September 2013 the IFS conducted a survey of Arthurs Lake's brown trout population. This survey will provide the baseline against which future management activities will be assessed. A technical report on this survey is now available here.

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Winner of the IFS licence promotion boat package

Winner of the IFS licence promotion boat package

Dec 22, 2013

Greg Morrison of South Spreyton is one very happy angler! His name was drawn by Minister Bryan Green this morning 23 December 2013 as the winner of the $22,000 boat and trailer package offered to early licence purchasers. Mr Morrison will get his prize on 8 January, with Minister Green delivering it to him.

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Hydro Tasmania warning to anglers at Arthurs Lake

Hydro Tasmania warning to anglers at Arthurs Lake

Dec 22, 2013

Hydro Tasmania and Marine and Safety Tasmania urge anglers to exercise caution at Arthurs Lake due to high water levels. Levels in Arthurs Lake are significantly higher than usual, which means power lines are closer than they would normally be to the surface of the water. • Powerlines that cross the boat ramp at Pump House Bay are now immediately above the heads of people launching boats. • Powerlines crossing Cow Paddock Bay pose a risk to those entering this bay by boat. Hydro Tasmania and Marine and Safety Tasmania urge boaters to avoid these two areas and to launch larger boats only from the dam wall boat ramp. For more information contact Michael Bidwell, Land Program Manager on (03) 62 305 160 or 0429 418 360.

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IFS completes Bradys Lake Canal Bay boat ramp improvements

IFS completes Bradys Lake Canal Bay boat ramp improvements

Dec 22, 2013

In response to representations from local shack owners and Bradys Lake anglers regarding congestion at the Canal Bay boat ramp the IFS has increased the area available for maneuvering vehicles and trailers and parking. The area adjacent to the ramp has been increased significantly, leveled, graded and graveled. IFS would like to thank Hydro Tasmania and Central Highlands Council for their assistance with this project.

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Dee Lagoon Spillway Bay boat ramp maintenance

Dee Lagoon Spillway Bay boat ramp maintenance

Dec 22, 2013

Maintenance work has commenced on the Spillway Bay boat ramp at Dee Lagoon. Funded by Marine and Safety Tasmania and authorised by Hydro Tasmania the work includes removal of submerged logs from the vicinity of the boat ramps, installation of foot wire on the timber landing and an increased parking and turning area. Works should be completed early in the new year. In the interim there is no obstruction to using the facility over the Christmas –new year period.

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Craigbourne Dam closed over Christmas

Craigbourne Dam closed over Christmas

Dec 17, 2013

Tasmanian Irrigation advises that Craigbourne Dam in Tasmania's South East will remain closed over the Christmas period due to the presence of an algal bloom. TI has continued weekly monitoring of the naturally occurring bloom and tests continue to show blue-green algae cell counts at high alert levels. The dam remains closed to all recreational activities, including fishing and TI recommends against the consumption of any fish caught from the dam. The current levels within the dam may present a risk to human health, including skin irritations and gastrointestinal illness. TI understands that closing the dam over the holiday period may inconvenience some members of the public but this is necessary to protect the community. TI is continuing to monitor the algal bloom and will re-open the site once results show a return to safe levels.

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