Saltwater Trust Allocation:
Improve angler safety at rock fishing black spots along the NSW coast.
The angel ring project is run by the Australian National Sportfishing Association (NSW Branch) with the support of the Department of Sport and Recreation and NSW Sporting Injuries Insurance. It involves the installation of angel rings (or life buoys) at known rock fishing black spots. Funds have been allocated towards the expansion of this important fishing safety initiative. This project not only contributes to saving lives but also identifies regional rock fishing black spots and encourages community awareness.
For more information on current locations of angel rings and future proposed sites, click here to access the ANSA NSW (www.angelrings.com.au) angel rings website.
Rock Fishing Safety Awareness Campaign
Saltwater Trust Allocation: 2005-06 $88,000
Increase angler awareness about rockfishing safety
The NSW Water Safety Taskforce has undertaken a number of initiatives to improve rock fishing safety including the production and distribution of rock fishing safety education brochures to bait and tackle shops and translated versions to Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese communities. Rock fishing seminars have also been conducted in the Chinese community and radio segments have been produced for Chinese radio.
There is an ongoing need to educate and promote community awareness of rockfishing safety. NSW Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation in collaboration with Angel Rings Project, NSW Fishing Clubs Association and the Recreational Fishing Alliance received funding from the Trust for a Rock Fishing Safety Awareness Campaign.
The program aims to increase understanding of water safety issues that affect particular communities and involves the following initiatives:
- Regular seminars on rockfishing safety and Angel Ring Life Buoy use for Vietnamese and Korean communities
- Provision of resources (educational DVD and brochure ) for individuals, clubs and associations to distribute and disseminate the message of rockfishing safety
- Follow-up community sessions seminars to obtain feedback for further seminars
- Identification of ’blackspots’ that may require the installation of an angel ring, with local anglers and community groups participating and becoming an integral part of the Angel ring program.