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Praise for Handling of Abalone Disease in Victoria

AUSTRALIA - The fishing community in Victorias South-West is being congratulated for observing therestricted fishing area between Lion Headland and the Aire River aimed at limiting the spread ofabalone disease.

Fisheries Victoria Acting Executive Director Anthony Hurst said there had been no breaches since the restrictions were introduced on June 26, 2009.

“Fisheries Officers have undertaken numerous land and sea patrols of the restricted fishing area, during the day and night, and have not encountered anyone doing the wrong thing,” Mr Hurst said.

“The area has limited access and attracts few anglers during winter, but the anglers Fisheries Officers have encountered reported seeing the signs placed on access paths and were only linefishing, which is permitted.

“Fisheries Officers have been raising awareness of the restricted fishing area with the help of local businesses that sell fishing licences, Parks Victoria and Victoria Police.

“The local community has been very helpful in communicating the restrictions to visitors who might otherwise be unaware, and it’s pleasing that both commercial and recreational fishers are doing the right thing.”

The restricted fishing area includes all marine waters enclosed by a line running from the southern-most tip of Lion Headland to the mouth of the Aire River, and extending to the high water mark between the two points, which covers approximately 13 kilometres of coastline.

the Fish Site Editor

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