Local anglers and recfishing tourists will soon benefit from a new safe fishing experience off Esperance, with the State Government's latest artificial reef now fully installed.
The 150 tonne reef, made up of 128 concrete modules, has been deployed over an area twice the size of the Ports Football Oval in Esperance. Community volunteers helped construct the modules which are now positioned across more than 11,000 square metres of seabed.
Located about five kilometres south-east of Bandy Creek in an area with good access for small craft, it will provide a convenient and safe location for fishers. The artificial reef will create a new ecosystem and marine food web for nearshore, demersal and pelagic finfish species.
The project received $595,000 of funding from the State Government through the Recreational Fishing Initiatives Fund and Regional Grants Scheme.
Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly said, "Like other artificial reef projects around WA, it won't be long before fishers are hooking into the benefits the new Esperance artificial reef are expected to provide. This will be another chance for Recfishwest's successful 'Reef Vision' citizen science program to monitor how various fish species are using the artificial reef. Through the program, the community will be armed with Baited Remote Underwater Video cameras, similar to what volunteers in the South-West, Mandurah and Exmouth are already using to keep an eye on their artificial reefs. This project, funded from recreational fishing licence money, will also provide a boost to recfishing tourism in the Esperance region - which will in turn support the local economy."
Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said, "This project has helped the Esperance economy, with all construction materials and labour procured locally, and we applaud the spirit of the local volunteers who rolled up their sleeves to pour the concrete to build the reef modules. The innovative design will attract fish within hours, and by 12 months will also be home to algae and sponges that will colonise the specially designed modules. Recfishwest and the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development have supported the reef and it's been funded through fishing licence fees and WA's Regional Grants Scheme, with benefits that will not only help the local community but also Esperance tourism."
New figures show that Rottnest Island continues to attract a record numbers of visitors to its shores with 769,000 people arriving via ferry, boat or aircraft in 2018.
The 15 per cent record increase in visitor numbers can be attributed to extra ferry services, successful marketing campaigns, celebrity visitors and quokka selfies.
Visitation is expected to trend upwards with the completion of Discovery Rottnest Island at Pinky Beach in February.
Discounted admission fees for day return travellers catching a ferry after midday through January and February will also provide a further boost to visitor numbers.
This summer there has never been more activities for visitors with eight new recreational offerings available, ranging from water activities, boat cruising or grabbing a bite to eat at Wadjemup Lighthouse.
WA Tourism Minister Paul Papalia said, "The McGowan Government's drive to diversify the recreational offerings and approve developments on Rottnest has led to the island's biggest boom period in both visitors and in new investments. This year will see the opening of Discovery Rottnest Island, which will provide an eco-friendly and unique accommodation option, while construction on the Hotel Rottnest will significantly increase accommodation options. The new resorts coupled with existing accommodation options and the expansion of attractions on the island ensure Rottnest's appeal will continue into the future."
The McGowan Government's personal shark deterrent program, which began in May 2017, has enabled Western Australians to access a $200 rebate on scientifically proven devices through registered retail outlets.
At the start of the program, one device qualified for the subsidy - this was the FREEDOM7™. A second device, the FREEDOM+ Surf, was added to the program a year later (May 2018) after university testing showed it significantly reduced the risk of an encounter with a shark.
Last month, the shark deterrent subsidies were extended by a further 500 with $100,000 committed as part of the McGowan Government's comprehensive shark mitigation strategy.
In the lead up to Christmas, demand grew with 375 devices purchased over the festive period.
Of the 3,000 devices claimed so far about 400 devices have been purchased by surfers, while divers have snapped up the rest of the subsidised devices.
Personal deterrents for surfers and divers help Western Australians bring their sea sense to the beach and stay safe. The Sea Sense campaign, aims to inform ocean users how best they can use the strategies that are in place to help stay safe and enjoy the beach with confidence.
SharkSmart's shark activity map has been improved as part of the campaign. This is the place for water users to get information about shark sightings, tagged shark detections, alerts and safety features at WA beaches.
Water users are urged to help each other by reporting shark sightings to the Water Police on 9442 8600. This ensures that SharkSmart and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter service can alert the community, and beach managers can close beaches if necessary.
Comments attributed to Acting Fisheries Minister Roger Cook:
"It is fantastic to see more than 3,000 Western Australian surfers and divers taking greater personal responsibility for their safety by purchasing a scientifically proven device.
"These devices can be used anywhere, anytime to significantly improve a surfer or diver's personal safety.
"This is why we encourage anyone who has not yet bought a device to consider purchasing one, with a little under 500 subsidies remaining in the program.
"Personal shark deterrents are just one way that ocean users can use their sea sense to keep safe at the beach. Swimming between the flags and checking the SharkSmart.com.au website before heading to the beach are some other practical things we can all do to keep WA beaches safe.
"This summer use your sea sense to have a great time at our beautiful beaches."
Iconic Surfing Brand Renews Sponsorship of Australian Championship Tour Event Through 2021Coolangatta, QLD / AUS - The World Surf League (WSL) has announced a renewal of their partnership with Quiksilver as the Title Sponsor of the opening event of the men's WSL Championship Tour (CT), the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, for the next three years (2019, 2020, 2021).
For over 17 years, the Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast has launched the WSL CT each season, welcoming the world's best surfers to the famed break of Snapper Rocks and acting as a barometer for the World Title. This announcement will ensure the continuation of one of the Championship Tour's most high-performance stops, as well as WSL's strong relationship with Quiksilver.
"Quiksilver is a truly iconic brand in surfing and we are thrilled that they are extending their sponsorship of the Gold Coast contest for the next three years," said WSL CEO, Sophie Goldschmidt. "Their continued commitment and support of the historic event at Snapper Rocks allows us to deliver a fantastic start to the season. We are very excited about the future of this event and to further strengthen our long-standing partnership with Quiksilver."
This announcement solidifies a commitment from Quiksilver to this event for a continuous 20 year period.
Quiksilver Brand Manager Garry Wall said, "As part of our 50th year anniversary in 2019 and the continued resurgence of our brand, we are excited to extend our long-term commitment to the Gold Coast event. Quiksilver was founded by creating the boardshort category so to provide a platform for the best surfers in the world to perform in such a globally iconic wave fits perfectly for our brand. We are excited to have six surfers representing our brand on the 2019 tour, representing six different nationalities. Quiksilver is committed to developing the boardriding culture at all levels and partnering with the WSL at this elite level is key for the generations to come."
The Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast will run from April 3 - 13, 2019 and open the men's Championship Tour season.
A Darwin fisho is celebrating a bit of late festive cheer after reeling in a tagged $10,000 Barra from the barrage at Shady Camp.
Travis Stevens caught the highly sought after Barra while fishing with a mate during his week off from work.
“This is an awesome start to the year. It will definitely help cover any left over Christmas bills,” Travis said.
“I’m a born and bred Territorian and have entered the comp every year since it started.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw the tag. It went from very calm to a bit frantic and nerve wracking when I realised it might have been the Million Dollar Fish.
“I work on a remote NT mine with a heap of guys from Queensland who are always talking about wanting to catch a tagged fish. A heap of guys have actually come up to the Top End solely to go fishing to try and get the big one. I can’t wait to tell them!
“I’m going to share the money with my mate and I’ll probably spend most of the rest fixing up the boat, beers and more fishing.”
Department of Tourism and Culture Executive General Manager Marketing, Tony Quarmby, encouraged fishos to get out fishing for Season Four of the Million Dollar Fish.
“After a dry start to the wet season, a small amount of rain has the fish biting again so get out there and try your luck,” Mr Quarmby said.
“With three months remaining, five $1 million fish, 97 of the $10,000 fish and 19 of the purple-tagged $5,000 charity fish still out there, there’s never been a better time to get out and wet your lines.”
BetEasy Strategic Partnership Manager, Brad Fanning, said there were more chances than ever to reel in a winner.
“We have released tagged Barra right across the Top End, with the charity fish all in really accessible locations. We want you to catch them!” Mr Fanning said.
“Congratulations to Mr Stevens for his catch. He’s had a great start to the New Year. With so many tagged fish still remaining, now is the perfect time to book yourself a trip to the Top End.”
For information on Territory fishing regulations and best practice catch and release methods, download the free Northern Territory (NT) Fishing Mate app on your smart phone.
Season Four of the Million Dollar Fish competition commenced on 1 October 2018.
Those looking to come to the Territory and catch a Million Dollar Fish can register for free on www.milliondollarfish.com.au and book a holiday to the Territory today.
Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) in collaboration with film students from Griffith University have produced the ‘Don’t Let Your Child Become A Drowning Statistic’ campaign in effort to assist with SLSQ’s vision of Zero preventable deaths in Queensland public waters.The campaign while confronting, addresses the vital message to please, supervise your children; with over 160 children under the age of 10 requiring assistance of our Lifesaving services since 1 July 2018.
Watch your children this summer, don’t let them become another drowning statistic.
Always swim between the red & yellow flags.
⚠️ Beware of strong currents
⚠️ Unexpected large waves
⚠️ Changing water depths & sudden drop offs
⚠️ Beware of submerged objects, enter feet first
SURF SAFETY TIPS
IF YOU’RE SWIMMING AT THE BEACH AND FIND YOURSELF BEING TAKEN AWAY FROM THE BEACH AND UNABLE TO GET BACK, IT IS MORE THAN LIKELY YOU ARE CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT.
YOU CAN SURVIVE RIP CURRENTS BY KNOWING YOUR OPTIONS:
A man has died this morning at Greenmount Beach after an early morning surfing accident. The man, in his 70s was surfing at Snapper Rocks at around 4:40am when he is believed to have been hit on the head with his surfboard.
It is believed members of the public pulled the surfer from the ocean unconscious. Paramedics rushed to the scene, but the man could not be revived and was pronounced deceased. .
Based on 10 years of research and testing, Sharkbanz takes advantage of sharks’ unique and powerful electrical sense (electroreception) to cause a highly unpleasant sensation that turns sharks away.
New, shocking research by Sharkbanz put to its technology to the test as a frenzy of bull sharks tried to attack a surfing dummy. Sharkbanz stood up to the test against these underwater predators, with shocking results when the technology was not being used.
ACTIVE SHARK DETERRENT
Sharkbanz’s patented magnetic technology is the result of long-term scientific research and testing. Sharkbanz utilize powerful permanent magnets to create an effective shark deterrent that’s always on and require no batteries or charging. When sharks approach Sharkbanz, they detect the device’s strong electromagnetic field, which provides a sudden sensation that is thousands of times stronger than the signal produced by anything in a shark’s normal food chain. Consequently, sharks are deterred away from Sharkbanz. This cause and effect is analogous to having a bright light suddenly shined in your eyes in a dark room. You would not be hurt, but you would want to turn away.
SHARKS' SIXTH SENSE
Sharks have the strongest electroreception (sensitivity to electrical fields) in the animal kingdom. They use this unique capability to navigate at night, when in murky water, and to hunt. Their electroreceptors (Ampullae of Lorenzini) and lateral line canals connect to the seawater by pores on their snouts and other zones of the head. When a fish swims, or even moves its gills, it creates a change in the surrounding geomagnetic field that sharks can detect with these electrically sensitive, gel-filled canals. Since the shark is tuned to be looking for very weak electromagnetic signals from its prey (heartbeats, muscle movements), this organ is highly sensitive. When encountered in the wild, the Sharkbanz field is exponentially greater than anything the animal will have experienced before and highly unpleasant. This tells the shark it is definitely not food.
WHY SHARKS USE ELECTRORECEPTION
The ability of sharks and rays to detect weak electrical signals in their surroundings may be one of the greatest factors relating to their survival through the millennia. Every creature, whether a fish or friendly beach goer, generates weak electrical fields while in motion. When sharks are close to potential prey, their electrical sense plays a major role in making the final attack. Actively hunting sharks may have as many as 1500 ampullae around their snout and head, while more sedate species may only have a few hundred.
SHARKS ARE CURIOUS
Sharks use this sense to locate objects nearby, and it becomes vital when they cannot depend on vision alone. In the surf zone, the water is murky, and people and sharks are sharing the same space. Most shark bites occur in these hard-to-see conditions. People are not on shark's food menus, but when their electrical sense alerts them to potential prey in their area, they are likely to investigate. Remember: sharks don't have hands, so they use their mouths to feel. This is why the majority of shark bites are "hit-and-run" attacks, meaning the shark bites, then quickly leaves after it recognizes someone isn't food. Unfortunately, a simple case of mistaken identity can do a lot of damage. Sharkbanz warn curious sharks that the wearer is not food before they bite, reducing the risk of hit and run attacks.
Sharkbanz are the result of more than a decade's worth of testing and research on the effectiveness of magnetic technology used to deter various Elasmobranch (shark) species. Since its scientific discovery over 10 years ago, the theory of permanent magnets functioning as shark deterrents has been extensively studied, researched and tested on a variety of shark species. Sharkbanz are the result of this R&D. Our company maintains constant contact and collaboration with the founders of this shark-repelling science, Dr. Eric Stroud and Dr. Patrick Rice of Shark Defense Technologies - the leaders in shark repellent technology.
Clichéd surfing lingo is out and the search for awesome waves is in. Queensland has been the breeding ground of numerous world champion surfers who honed their skills on the long right-hand point breaks and beach breaks up and down the coast.
So if you’re planning on chasing some warm water surf we put together a list of 11 surf spots to check out on your next surf trip.
For those just starting out in their search for the stoke, check out these surf schools on the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast to learn the basics.
SNAPPER ROCKSPhoto by @seanscottphotography
Starting on the Southern Gold Coast, Snapper Rocks is an amazing right-hand point break, dubbed the Superbank, attracting a crowd of shredders and grommets. It’s home to a world championship tour event – the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro. Rides of several hundred meters will give you jelly legs if you manage to paddle into a peeling set wave.
This break works best on E-SE swells and is relatively clean in southerly winds, the dominant wind throughout much of the year. It remains relatively consistent over most tides with the lower tide offering more barrel potential. Be prepared for a long paddle back against the current or a run up the beach in a bigger southerly swell.
Photo by @jesselittlephoto via @drewen7
Kirra has earned legendary status. In fact, it has been described as the best right-hand sand point break in the world. When conditions align it will throw up some of the best barrels of your life if you maintain the breakneck speed through the sections.
Big SE swells are best but in cyclone season even E and NE swells when the sand is right will have you whooping and hollering. Expect to share it on a good day with a few hundred of your closest friends.
Is even the possibility of just one clean wave worth it? You betcha!
If you’ve pulled a double shift in the water and struggling to stand, rest your aching body at Kirra Surf Apartments just a short walk, or crawl, up the sand. If Kirra is your first stop on a camping road trip pitch your tent at Kirra Beach Tourist Park and settle in for a week of waves.
BURLEIGHPhoto by @akheelmavjee
If you are still keen for more leg burning waves head north to the famed, Burleigh Heads. Here you’ll find another sand bottom right-hand point break. You jump off from the basalt rock-strewn point to bunt for the famous thick, heavy barrels.
Burleigh works best in a big S swell and is offshore in the winter SW winds, although it does offer great protection from the S-SE trade winds.
Once the sun sets head to Burleigh Brewing Company for a locally-brewed lager and to relive your epic barrel riding prowess. If you’re staying around town, we filed 48 hours for you here.
NORTH STRADBROKEPhoto by @stradbrokeislandphotography via @ahana_swim
Leave Brisbane City behind for a weekend and catch the ferry over to North Stradbroke Island.
Main Beach at Point Lookout offers up a great wedgey left next to the headland below the clubhouse while beach breaks stretch off to the south along the 32km of sand. Being a sand island, it escapes the turbidity problems associated with heavy rain events so expect crystal clear water most of the year.
Main Beach will be highly dependent on sand conditions for the beach breaks, however, being more exposed wave heights will generally be a little bigger than on the mainland. Best in S swell events and offshore in SW winds.
With camping and a surf school on the island, this is the perfect destination for a chill time away. If you’ve only got a weekend we’ve crammed the best of the island into this 48-hour itinerary.
If you need all the mod-cons on your beach stay consider booking into Allure Stradbroke Resortfor modern beach shack vibes.
MORETON ISLANDPhoto by @samjuke
If you want a totally off-grid surf experience, pack the 4WD and head over the Moreton Island. Traversing the sandy tracks crisscrossing the island is half the fun and makes finding waves an epic adventure.
Exposed to swells from both north and south, waves abound on the east coast however you’ll have to plan your trip to hide from the winds.
Offshore in SW winds, there are a few spots offering protection from prevailing SE/NE wind combination. We won’t spill all the secrets here so seek and you shall find.
Pitch your tent at a number of campsites and for those pancake-flat days consider a side trip to the oldest lighthouse in Queensland.
KINGS BEACHWhile Kings Beach in Caloundra won’t produce a world champion any time soon, it makes the grade on this list as it’s the best beach on the Sunshine Coast to hide from the NE sea breeze in summer.
As a patrolled beach, surfers are usually restricted to the southern end where you can generally find a bank offering up some fun with a few closeout air sections. Bodyboarders will rejoice on the fast shallow left breaking over the rocks just south of the groyne.
Just a bit further south, on the right conditions, Caloundra Bar can throw up waves that will go viral in seconds. It’s not consistent but when a big NE swell comes wrapping down the coast this is one spot to keep an eye on.
The Caloundra Coastal Walk links these three spots and offers a great vantage point for the early morning surf check and a warm-up walk.
COOLUM BEACHPhoto by @jeffperren via @coolumsurf
Coolum Beach provided the training ground for current World Surf League competitor Julian Wilson, so it’s got to be good, right? Situated about halfway between Caloundra and Noosa, it’s a little more exposed to swell, particularly more southerly swells that are blocked further down around Maroochydore.
Coolum offers a vast expanse of sand to spread out on and chase a beach break further north. A small headland offers a sheltered corner for those learning to surf while the foreshore skatepark offers the chance to practise your grab rail airs.
To scope out the rest of the coast why not climb Mount Coolum which offers panoramic views of the coast and hinterland.
NOOSAPhoto by @beckpayne
What I wouldn’t give to have been part of the first crew who stumbled through the bush onto the Noosa points.
Like the famed points on the Gold Coast, Noosa Heads is world famous. Offering great longboarding waves on smaller days, you can still expect to see a skilled crowd hanging 10 when the swells roll in. With such fun waves, you won’t feel out of place here if you ride old school vintage twin fins, replica single fins or just your high-performance thruster.
Noosa National Park offers multiple points and the further you walk the more the crowd thins. They’re best on southerly swells that wrap around the headland and protected from SE winds. That being said you might still find some waves on a NE swell as long as the wind is light.
If you just can’t get enough of the Noosa surf vibe why not time a visit during the Noosa Festival of Surfing. When it comes time to refuel, you’re spoilt for choice on Hastings Street.
Follow Phil Jarratt’s recommendations if you only have a weekend to spare.
DOUBLE ISLAND POINTPhoto by @matthillphotography via @visitgympieregion
Once a well-kept secret by Sunshine Coast surfers, the popularity of Double Island Pointexploded after a cameo role in Endless Summer 2. You’ll need a 4WD to explore the area heading out from either Rainbow Beach or Noosa North Shore. You have to time your trek for tides so be prepared for an early start.
The setup features a wedgey beach break to the south of headland. While to the north, if the sand is right, you will be treated to an exceptionally long peeling right. With both sides of this headland offering fun waves, adjust your target destination depending on prevailing conditions.
You can camp on the beach in designated areas or if you prefer amenities then consider the Rainbow Beach Holiday Park. As surfers, we should have respect for the natural environment that provides our stoke so take your rubbish back with you and don’t drive on vegetated dunes.
AGNES WATERSPhoto by Reef2Beach Surf School via FB
Considered the last true surf spot on the mainland coast heading north, the towns of 1770 and Agnes Water in the Gladstone region offers up fun but inconsistent waves. While these can lack the power and structure of waves around the Gold Coast you can still whet you surf appetite here.
If you want to hang-five, the best conditions are a NE swell and light winds however it’s offshore in a south-westerly. A rocky headland gives way to a sand bottom wave. On flat days head out with 1770 Liquid Adventures to explore that area on a kayak.
GREAT BARRIER REEFWhile the consistent surf spots peter out on the Queensland coast, if you have an adventurous spirit and a boat head out to the Great Barrier Reef to look for waves. Not suitable for beginners, expect fast-breaking barrels over shallow reefs. However, if you time the run you can expect perfection like this crew scored. This is one for the true surf explorer.
Paddle craft will now be permitted on Lake Samsonvale, (North Pine Dam) in designated zones.
A public paddle craft launch point has been constructed at Forgan Cove (off Forgan Road). Paddle craft, such as canoes and kayaks, are now permitted on Lake Samsonvale seven days a week in the designated paddle craft zone.
For your safety, and the safety of others, you must ensure you stay within the designated paddle craft zone which has been clearly marked by warning buoys on the lake.
Paddle craft must only be launched from the designated launch point at Fogan Cove. Stopping or mooring on any land around the lake, other than the Forgan Cove recreation area, is prohibited. Paddle craft with electric or fuel powered motors are not permitted. Swimming is not permitted at Lake Samsonvale.
Download the Lake Samsonvale Recreation Guidefor details of the zoning and our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
Bass and yellowbelly have been dominating the reports but there have been a few saratoga showing up as well.
Cast and retrieving heavy spinnerbaits near the edge is a popular technique. Anglers are getting the larger bass a little deeper on the steeper banks hopping Jackall Tn60's or heavily weighted three inch Keitech plastics.
A slow roll is all you need when the bass and yellowbelly are on the chew like they have been. Wivenhoe Dam is also producing the goods on the edges and a great place to take the kids. Trolling deep diving lures around the steeper banks and weed edges will see you hooked up to bass and yellowbelly. If you want to cast lures, focus on the same areas and cast soft vibes like the Jackall Mask 60 or bladed lures and slowly hop them back to the boat. Work the lure the whole way back to the boat as yellowbelly love to follow lures for a while before hitting them.
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Statement from Mike Parsons, WSL Big Wave Tour Commissioner:
"We will not be running the Mavericks Challenge this week and will wait for more optimum conditions. The wind is good and conditions will be clean, but the swell will be dropping through the day on Thursday and we won't have the consistency we need to run an excellent event. With three months left in the waiting period, we are confident that we'll have better opportunities to run this event this season. January is typically the best month for Mavericks so we'll be watching things closely and hoping for a great finish to the season."
During the Big Wave season window, the WSL Big Wave team is constantly monitoring an array of weather charts and tracking big storms crossing the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans with the help of our forecasting partner, Surfline. The waves must be a consistent minimum 25 feet on the face of the wave throughout the entire time of competition. Wind, tide and the effects they have will play a part when making the call.
The Mavericks Challenge event window will run through March 31.
WA Fishers have called the state government's plans to take ownership of a significant chunk of WA's rock lobster industry everything from the "next WA Inc" to "a great plan" set to solidify the industry's future.
After Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly formally announced the government's "development package"on Monday, the Western Rock Lobster Council of WA was quick to sound off about their concerns with the proposal. Rock lobster retails at $90 a kilogram uncooked.
The commercial catch limit has been increased from 6300 tonnes to 8000 tonnes, and those with an existing western rock lobster license can also expect an increase in their catch allocation by 315 tonnes. The remaining 1385 tonnes will be available to the state government to sell off.
Council chairman Kim Colero called the package a major and never before seen intervention into fisheries by the state government, and said the ownership stake raised questions about how the industry would operate in the future..
The Seafood Industry Australia has also agreed with the council's concerns, and raised its own about whether the government should have intervened in the first place.
"The Labor governmen's intervention and claiming of a commercial stake in this fishery has far reaching repercussions for wild-catch fishers across Australia,” chief executive officer Jane Lovell said.
“The decision by the McGowan government to take control of more than 17 per cent of the western rock lobster fishery has the potential to dramatically devalue the entire industry.
“Governments are there to govern, not to become commercial entities competing with business.
“This move ... has significant negative repercussions on property rights nationally, and not just within the seafood industry.
“It is unclear how it is considered appropriate for a regulator to grant themselves quota and the associated financial benefit.
“We urge the government to reconsider and reopen negotiations with [the council] to find a more appropriate way forward."
Despite some backlash, the state government has stood by its plan and Premier Mark McGowan appeared on Radio 6PR on Tuesday morning in order to reiterate the goals of the package.
"What we're doing is expanding the catch ... that's scientifically proven to be sustainable," he said.
"Currently rock lobsters are virtually entirely exported. What we're going to do is make sure there's an allocation for local restaurants, local supermarkets and local fish shops so West Australians can go to the shops and buy rock lobsters at a more affordable price.
The part that we're making available for sale with conditions is currently un-allocated ... so the industry will actually get a greater allocation than they ... have.
"Then there will be a part the government sells or leases, and that will mean the taxpayers get millions of dollars to put into schools and hospitals.
"On top of that, part of that will be allocated to the West Australian markets."
The development package is currently open to consultation.
Who doesn’t love the summer months and all the fun in the sun they offer. Whether it is getting out on the water, deep into the bush, or simply to the beach, park, creek or lake, it pays to stay sun smart.
As you head out into the sun with your family, friends or mates, be it camping, trekking, boating, sailing or fishing… playing it safe in the sun will not only keep you from getting sun-scorched but make it a whole lot more fun.
We have collated the 7 S’s - Summer Sun Smart Tips to keep you and your family safe this summer…
Shimano’s summer safe hats, shirts, sunnies and more are available from all good tackle, fishing and outdoor stores. For more information, log onto www.shimanofish.com.au
Frontiers International Travel is thrilled to announce a NEW 17-day “River of Dreams” backcountry fly fishing program in the Chilean Patagonia. It is a fantastically remote backcountry excursion on estancias and rivers rarely if ever fished before. Accommodations are at Magic Waters Lodge, and in heated backcountry WeatherPort tents situated off the ground on permanent wood frames each with a dry porch overlooking the Blanco River and just a roll cast from major spring creeks.
Meals are family-style in the main dining tent or around the fire pit. A heated and spacious shower house rounds out the camp footprint. This is a perfect holiday for those looking to enjoy the luxuries of a lodge and the adventure of a remote and off-the-beaten-path basecamp. Large water is efficiently accessed via jet-motorized catarafts, while miles of remote spring creek and mountain streams are ideal for walk-and-wade exploration. Departure dates are available in March/April and November/December 2019 and prices start at $12,000 USD per person based on shared room and fishing guide. There are also shorter, more affordable packages available. For more information, visithttps://www.frontierstravel.com/chile-magic-waters-a-backcountry-chilean-fly-fishing-excursion
“This is an excursion beyond the boundaries of civilization and truly the trip of a lifetime,” said Hank Ingram of Frontiers. “Anglers can tempt a trout with a dry fly on a spring creek, turn a cruising rainbow on a lake with a hopper, and try everything in between; all at incredibly remote and scenic locations.”
To get to basecamp, intrepid anglers will take a picturesque 2.5 transfer by truck, travel by horseback 1.5 hours to the end of the trail, and then take a jet boat roughly 45 minutes upstream to the riverside basecamp. Guests will experience 10 full days in solitude floating rivers and walking/wading remote spring creeks and tributaries.
Included: Transportation to and from the airport (Balmaceda); all meals, accommodations and beverages; and guided fishing. Not included: International and domestic airfare; Chilean fishing license (approximately $50 US per person); fishing equipment; trip insurance; tips to guide and lodge staff.
Sightseeing from another perspective? Experience the city from onto the water with the strongest and lightest origami canoe ever.
As major cities worldwide are developing their urban waterways, new possibilities of transport arise. City canals and rivers are not only more frequently used for all sorts of recreational activities, they also offer a unique commuting alternative. But how to store a bulky kayak in a small apartment or office building? With ONAK, people can unfold their urban adventures in minutes, with a canoe they can take and keep anywhere.
Responding to a global hype
Paddle sports are gaining popularity on a global scale. All over the world, people’s interest in paddling increases as they join watersport clubs and buy their own canoes and kayaks. And it’s not only outdoor lovers who regularly hike or camp: It’s also people usually preferring indoor sports who go onto the water. But paddling has not only become a popular recreational activity - It is even used as a progressive alternative for commuters in urban areas. City dwellers in New York and Austin are starting to use the canoe or the kayak to go to work.
With cities investing in their urban waterways to find more sustainable infrastructure solutions and to use canals and rivers as a tool to benefit the residents, a foldable canoe offers the perfect out-of-the-box solution for urban paddling.
Innovating design and production
The lightweight canoe with multifunctional design is not only easy to store but also to transport by folding it into a hassle-free 47 x 15 x 10 inch carry-on suitcase, attachable to bikes.
“Even though the ONAK is very small when folded, it provides ample leg space. The set-up is simplified with pulley-straps. We could even increase stability by adjusting the shape of our patented honeycomb curv™ composite, which has a higher strength-to-weight-ratio than aluminium”, co-founder Otto Van de Steene explains.
And it’s made in a social workplace in Europe, from sustainable and durable materials. “We simplified the supply chain, so that only a few parts fold into a full-grown canoe. We also decided to work only with local suppliers and go for a microplastic-free product.”
The ONAK prototype won several awards, including the OutDoor Industry Award. The founders took their time to keep improving their product - and after processing helpful feedback from their first customers, they managed to bring the origami canoe to an unprecedented level. The ONAK foldable canoe is a compact yet strong alternative for a classic canoe and is the perfect way to combine city life and adventure.
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On 29 November, the ONAK 2.0 pre-sale started on Kickstarter, where the canoe is on sale for 1495 EUR (USD 1700). Early birds can secure the first 15 canoes for 1395 EUR (USD 1590) viahttps://www.kickstarter.com/projects/onakcanoes/onak-origami-canoe. The public was already offered a sneak-preview on the new canoe in aFacebook live session, where the ONAK team revealed if the 2.0 version can really be set up in minutes and to let people discover if ONAK really offers the perfect solution for urban paddling.
Sport Australia announces and congratulates the following finalists for the prestigious Sport Australia Media Awards, with winners to be announced at a gala ceremony in Melbourne early next year.
The Sport Australia Media Awards (#SportAUSMediaAwards) have been running since 2002 and are Australia’s only awards dedicated to recognising excellence in sports journalism, broadcasting, production and photography.
Finalists will be invited to a gala dinner in Melbourne on Thursday, 7 February, 2019. The ceremony will also honour a new recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for sports journalism, last awarded to Debbie Spillane.
Best reporting of an issue in sport
• Neil Breen, ‘One night in New York’, Nine News
• Leo Schlink, ‘The big fix’, The Herald Sun
• Nick Tabakoff, ‘The price of sporting glory’, The Australian
• Chris Barrett, ‘Sandpaper, lies and videotape’, The Sydney Morning Herald
Best individual sport coverage – broadcast
• Alister Nicholson, ABC
• Kelli Underwood, Fox Sports and ABC
• Bruce McAvaney, Seven Network
• Gerard Whateley, SEN Radio and Fox Footy
• Lucy Zelic, SBS
Best individual sport coverage – print
• Michael Gleeson, The Age
• Will Swanton, The Australian
• Andrew Webster, The Sydney Morning Herald
• Konrad Marshall, Good Weekend, Fairfax Media
Best individual sport coverage – digital
• Mary Konstantopoulos, Ladies Who League
• Michael Chammas, NRL.com
• Jacob Kuriype, Fox Sports
• Mark Howard, ‘The Howie Games’, Podcast One Australia
Best coverage of a sporting event
• The Sunday Age, ‘AFL Grand Final 2018’
• Seven Network, ‘Commonwealth Games 2018’
• Podcast One Australia, Triple M, ‘The Moment, The Fight’
• Seven Network, ‘Winter Olympics 2018’
• SBS, ‘2018 FIFA World Cup’
Best sports photography
• Scott Barbour, ‘Lightning Strikes’, Getty Images
• Quinn Rooney, ‘Ski Cross’, Getty Images
• Ryan Pierse, ‘Cop it on the chin’, Getty Images
• Michael Dodge, ‘Stop the Pigeon’, Getty Images
Best sport profile – print
• Adam Burnett, ‘Chris Lynn’s summer of living dangerously’, cricket.com.au
• Brendan Bradford, ‘The Luke Jackson story’, Perform Group/Sporting News Australia
• Will Swanton, ‘Is this bloke a thug?’, The Australian
• Michael Chammas, ‘James Roberts’ amazing transformation’, NRL.com
• Konrad Marshall, ‘Second serve: The stunning rise of Ash Barty’, Fairfax Media
Best depiction of inclusive sport
• ‘The Outer Sanctum' Podcast, ABC Radio
• Lauren Day, ‘Inner Demons – sacrificing it all for the AFLW’, ABC 7.30
• Jennifer Browning, ‘Bush Footy’, ABC News
• Matt Weiss, Tim Sheridan, Paul O’Doherty, ‘Game of Life’, Fox Sports
Best coverage of sport for people with disability
• Adam Burnett, ‘Cricket, chaos and a beautiful mind’, cricket.com.au
• Denise Reardon, ‘Soldier On’, The Golf Show, Fox Sports
• Lauren Day, ‘Dylan Alcott out to make disability sexy’, ABC 7.30
• Matthew Carmichael, Seven Network
Best regional, rural and suburban sport coverage
• Mackenzie Colahan, ‘Decline of Rugby League in Outback Queensland’, Central and North Burnett Times
• James Gardiner, ‘Offside: How a football fantasy turned to nightmare’, Newcastle Herald
• Callum Dick, ‘Ipswich Jets’, The Queensland Times
• ABC Heywire (Darliah Killer, Kudamba Abaas, Jarrod Darlow, Emma Murray), ‘What regional sport means to young people’, ABC Radio, TV and Online
Best contribution to sport via digital media
• Surfing Australia, ‘mySURF.tv’
• Patrick Galloway, ABC News, ‘Dani Stevens – The Science behind the perfect discus throw’
• thewomensgame.com, ‘The Women’s Game’
• PlayersVoice, ‘PlayersVoice is Changing The Game’
• Fox Sports, ‘The Magic of the Cup: The FFA Cup’
Best sport profile – broadcast
• Ben Waterworth, Denise Reardon, Dave Haworth, ‘Lauren Jackson – In her Element’, Fox Sports
• Bob Murphy, ‘Nat Fyfe’, Fox Footy 1029
• Andy Maher, ‘Jarrod Lyle’, SEN Afternoons
• Nick Piper, ‘The Season 1 – Nudgee College’, Onion TV
Best analysis of sport business
• Jeff Centenera, ‘Cohesion analytics and the next wave in sports stats’, Inside Sport
• John Stensholt, Max Mason, ‘Cricket broadcast rights’, The Australian Financial Review
• Ashley Browne, ‘AFL Movers and Shapers’, AFL Record and AFL.com.au
• Jack Kerr, ‘Investigations and Analysis’, Freelance
Mother of Pearl at Cygnet Bay. Australia is the only country in the world that uses wild oyster stocks. To ensure its sustainability, the pearling industry operates on a government-regulated quota system that sets a maximum number of wild stock pearl oysters that can be caught each year. Credit: Neena Bhandari/IPS
Australia’s remote north-western Kimberley coast, where the Great Sandy Desert meets the sapphire waters of the Indian Ocean, is home to the giant Pinctada maxima or silver-lipped pearl oyster shells that produce the finest and highly-prized Australian South Sea Pearls.
Australia is the only country in the world that uses wild oyster stocks. To ensure its sustainability, the pearling industry operates on a government-regulated quota system that sets a maximum number of wild stock pearl oysters that can be caught each year from the Eighty Mile Beach, south of Broome in the state of Western Australia. These wild pearl oyster beds represent the last wild commercial fishery for Pinctada maxima oysters in the world.
There are currently 15 wild stock pearl oyster licence holders, but the majority of licences are owned by Paspaley subsidiaries. As Paspaley Group of Companies’ Executive Director, Peter Bracher tells IPS, “Our wild pearl oyster quota is hand-collected by our divers. This is an environmentally friendly and sustainable form of commercial fishing that causes no damage to the seabed and produces no wasteful by-catch. Elsewhere in the natural habitat of Pinctada maxima, which includes much of the Indian and Pacific Oceans, the wild oyster populations have been depleted by overfishing.”
In recent years, the Total Allowable Catch (TAC) has been set between 600,000 and 700,000 pearl oysters. The 2016 TAC was 612,510 pearl oysters and the total quota that could be seeded was approximately 907,670 (557,670 wild stock and 350,000 hatchery-produced), according to the Western Australia Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s 2016-17 Status Reports of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.
Australian pearling companies have been conscious of the need to protect the oysters’ habitat as there is a strong co-relation between Kimberley’s pristine environment and the production of high-quality pearls.
“The nutrient-rich Kimberley waters, in which our pearls are farmed, are our most valuable asset and monitoring their condition forms an integral part of our operations and management. We have opened our infrastructure and expertise to the academic world and established the Kimberley Marine Research Station to encourage independent marine research and to help bridge the indigenous cultural knowledge with scientific knowledge, which we believe will help in our attempt to ensure our production practices are sustainable,” says James Brown, the third-generation owner and managing director of Cygnet Bay Pearls, the first all-Australian owned and operated cultured pearling company.
Being an extractive and extensive form of farming, pearl oyster aquaculture is one of the most environmentally sustainable industries. Oysters are voracious filter feeders drawing their nutrition from micro-organisms like algae from the water column and in so doing effectively clean the water.
Professor Dean Jerry, Deputy Director at James Cook University’s (JCU) Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture tells IPS, “Pearl farms also act as fish attraction devices (FAD). The oyster lines, buoys and panel nets hung in the ocean provide habitat and structure for larger and small fish. Often this is the only form of structure in the ocean where farms are providing habitat for marine life to live.”
But Pinctada maxima oysters are very sensitive to pollution and environmental changes. “Global warming and increased carbon dioxide levels in the ocean will make it harder for the pearl oysters to quickly and efficiently lay down calcium carbonate for the mother of pearl that makes the nacre for the pearl. This means that oysters will have to spend more energy for growth, leaving less for immune functioning thereby increasing their exposure risks of disease as rises in water temperatures speed up microbial and parasitic lifecycles,” Jerry adds.
Since 2006, Australian companies have battled Oyster Oedema disease and Juvenile Oyster Mortality Syndrome, which impacts oysters before they are seeded with a pearl and may result in 90-95 percent mortality. Scientists haven’t yet been able to find a causative agent for the two diseases, which have almost halved the worth of the industry.
To make the industry more sustainable, Jerry says, “We need to adopt technology to make oyster breeding programs more productive and disease tolerant. Pearl oysters will really benefit from selective breeding, which will help them grow faster and therefore get to a point where they can be seeded at a younger age and ultimately produce the pearl quicker.”
It takes two years for an oyster to grow where it can be seeded and another two years for when the pearl is harvested. During these four years, the oysters have to be regularly cleaned. “It can cost up to AUD1 an oyster each time, which is a huge financial cost to businesses. If we can get to a stage of harvesting the pearl from a younger oyster, say three years, it will not only increase financial sustainability, but also environmentally sustainability,” Jerry adds.
Hatchery-bred pearl oysters are now a major part of pearl production. Three oysters are required to create one pearl. A nucleus is inserted from one oyster into another healthy oyster with a small piece of mantle tissue selected from a donor oyster. With time, the mantle tissue that produces nacre (the secretion known as mother-of-pearl) grows completely around the nucleus, forming a pearl sac in which the pearl grows.
An oyster can be reseeded up to three times, and, when it reaches the end of its reproductive life, it is harvested for the mother of pearl shell used in jewellery and inlay for furniture, and pearl meat.
Last year, the Australian South Sea pearling industry of Western Australia and the Northern Territory, have been certified sustainable by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).
Chief Executive of Pearl Producers Association, Aaron Irving tells IPS, “The MSC Standard is an independent, internationally accredited science-based standard, against which the environmental sustainability management of a wild marine resource fishery is rigorously assessed. MSC ecolabel assists discerning customers in making an ethical choice.”
Australia is the world’s first pearl fishery to be certified against the MSC’s standard for sustainable fishing. MSC Oceania Program Director Anne Gabriel says, “It’s an exciting development and opens the door to engage a whole new world of consumers on the important issue of fisheries sustainability. We are looking forward to seeing the MSC ecolabel on wild pearls in the jewellery and fashion markets of the world, as well as on mother of pearl and pearl meat products. By buying sustainable pearl products, consumers can also play their part in maintaining healthy ocean ecosystems and securing the future of our fish stocks.”
Paspaley, Australia’s leading pearling company, exports over 95 percent of its production to wholesalers and jewellery manufacturers around the world. Bracher tells IPS, “We sell to many of the world’s leading brands for which ethical supply chains are a high priority. Although we cannot communicate directly with their end-customers, our environmental credentials are an important differentiator as a supplier.”
Cygnet Bay Pearls uses tourism as a way of educating consumers about the making of the Australian South Sea Pearl and the environment it thrives on. Brown tells IPS, “Our new business model welcomes general public to the farm. Our Giant Tides tour shows visitors the unique Kimberley marine environment, which is now regarded as having the largest tropical tides by volume of water and also the fastest tidal currents in the world. This is what powers our pearl farm and allows Australians to grow the finest pearls in the world.”
Terry Hunter, a fourth generation Bardi man, is a cultural tour guide on the Cygnet Bay Pearl farm. He tells IPS, “Cygnet Bay has been my playground. My father and grandfather worked here. The Browns have always recognised, acknowledged and respected Indigenous knowledge. When I hold a mother of pearl oyster shell, I feel alive – connected through ceremony and ancestors.”
Traditionally, the indigenous Aboriginal Bardi and Jawi tribes collected the mother of pearl to make a riji, which boys wear as a pubic covering at the time of initiation or formal admission to adulthood. The engravings on the shell symbolise their connection to earth and water. Now, the riji is worn for ceremonial purposes.
Bart Pigram, an indigenous Yawuru man, worked as a pearl shell cleaner and now owns and operates Narlijia Cultural Tours and shares the unique pearling history of Broome with visitors. He tells IPS, “The environment’s health is integral to not only sustaining the pearling industry, but also the local indigenous communities.”
The pearling industry employs about 800 people. The value of the pearl aquaculture sector was about AUD78.4 million for the 2015-16 financial year, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Australian fisheries and aquaculture statistics 2016 report.
The Gold Coast will host lifesaving’s most prestigious event for the first time in 35 years – this week securing the rights to the 2024 Lifesaving World Championships.
Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the event would bring more than 5000 competitors from 50 countries to the Gold Coast over 17 days of competition.
“Last held here in 1988, we’ve brought the sport’s most prestigious event back to Queensland,” Minister Jones said.
“The lifesaving movement is part of the very fabric of the Gold Coast community, from Nippers right through to the elite ironmen and women, so it’s great to be able to secure this event for a city where it means so much.
“Tourism and Events Queensland, together with City of Gold Coast and Surf Lifesaving Queensland, have delivered another high-profile international event that will showcase this region to the world.”
Assistant Tourism Industry Development Minister and Member for Gaven Meaghan Scanlon said the competition would be held at Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre over 17 days of action in late August and early September 2024.
“We know this event will deliver for the Gold Coast economy. With more than 12,000 spectators we expect the world champs to generate more than $15 million for the city,” she said.
“When it comes to major events, we’ve got the runs on the board. In the last three years we’ve more than doubled the value of Queensland’s major events calendar – this year worth $780 million.”
Surf Life Saving Queensland President Mark Fife OAM said it was incredibly exciting to see the Championships returning to the Gold Coast.
“Queensland is home to some of the world’s top beaches, many of them on the Gold Coast, and I can’t think of a better location to showcase our sport to the world,” he said.
“Some of lifesaving’s biggest names came up through the sport right here on the Gold Coast, and these championships will provide a new generation of athletes with the opportunity to make their own mark on the global stage.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate said there was no better city to host the Championships.
“It is so fitting that we have been successful in our bid to host the World Championships. Our reputation as a world events city continues to shine,” Mayor Tate said.
“Our city lives and breathes surf lifesaving, with multiple current and former champions living here.
“We also have the facilities, technical support, accommodation and climate to welcome the 5000-plus entrants. This announcement is an historic day for the organisation and the Goldie, I can’t wait.’’
International Life Saving Federation President Graham Ford AM said the Gold Coast was the ideal host.
“There were a number of factors considered when making the decision; firstly Queensland’s success after the Commonwealth Games, the fact they can deliver large events on the Gold Coast, the Australian Championships is run there regularly, and the fact there’s infrastructure in place and a world-class swimming facility at Southport,” he said.
“I think the fact it hasn’t been held in Queensland since 1988 means it will attract a lot of international competitors, and we know that international competitors don’t just come for the event, they often stay on afterwards.
“Queensland has so many amazing tourist spots to go to, and I think you’ll find the majority of athletes will be staying and spending time in Queensland.”
Lifesaving World Championships – Fast Facts:
•The Lifesaving World Championships were last held in Queensland in 1988, hosted by the Gold Coast.
•The Championships are expected to attract more than 5,000 competitors from approximately 50 countries.
•In addition, roughly 450 technical officials and 300 volunteers will be involved.
• More than 12,000 spectators and supporters are also anticipated to converge on the Gold Coast across the duration of the event.
• The economic impact is estimated to exceed $15 million.
•Competition will be split between Kurrawa Beach and the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.
•World Championship events include pool rescue, surf boats, inflatable rescue boats, surf ski, board, surf swims, team events, beach sprints and flags, and the ironman/woman.
•Age groups include Masters (30+ years), Open (19+ years) and Youth (15-18 years).
Victoria’s Phillip Island will host the Australian SUP Titles in 2019. With an abundance of suitable options for flat water racing and Surf SUP categories, the Island’s geography also caters well for the region’s wind conditions.
Victoria’s Minister for Sport, John Eren said “ The Victorian Government is proud to bring this event to Victoria for the first time. The Australian SUP Titles will attract the best stand up paddleboarder's in Australia to compete in regional Victoria.”
Surfing Victoria CEO Adam Robertson said: “It’s fantastic to be able to bring the Australian SUP Titles to Victoria. The Bass Coast Shire and Phillip Island have some great paddling waters and some incredible waves. We are looking forward to seeing the best SUP athletes in the country battle it out down here.”
More than 200 competitors are expected to line up this week to represent their home state across the disciplines of SUP Surfing, SUP & Prone Marathon Racing (20km), SUP & Prone Technical Racing (between 4-8km of several laps in and out through the surf) as well as Community Marathon Racing and Flat-Water Sprint Racing.
The event will see 23 Australian Champions crowned as well as allocations made for the Australian team who will compete at the International Surf Association’s 2018 ISA World SUP & Paddle Championships.
Surfing Australia General Manager Partnerships, Digital and Events said: “ Phillip Island will be a fantastic location for all disciplines at the 2019 Australian SUP Titles, an event that shapes the national team who go on to the ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championships which Australia has dominated in recent years.”
The Australian SUP Titles are supported by The Victorian Government, Bass Coast Shire Council, Surfing Australia, Surfing Victoria and the International Surfing Association (ISA).
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Take the voyage of a lifetime and join the crew on James Cook’s HMB Endeavour replica
2019 Voyaging Program announced – apply now
Become an active part of the working crew – climbing, setting sails and taking the helm – or relax in your own private cabin
Adventure seekers, history buffs and sailing enthusiasts will have the chance to take the voyage of a lifetime as part of the crew on the magnificent replica of James Cook’s 18th century vessel HMB Endeavour.
The Australian National Maritime Museum has announced Endeavour’s 2019 voyage program and is now calling for applications to sail.
The exciting program features a Sydney to Hobart, Tasmania voyage in late January to attend the Australian Wooden Boat Festival, a Hobart to Sydney voyage in February and then a voyage to the tropical paradise of New Caledonia in April.
On 28 January 2019 Endeavour will depart from Sydney for Hobart, to take part in the "Parade of Sail" at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.
The Festival is a four-day celebration of maritime culture and the biggest event of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing together over 500 boats in Hobart's iconic historic waterfront precinct. As part of the voyage there is also a visit to the historically significant convict site of Port Arthur.
Endeavour will then depart from Hobart to Sydney on its next voyage from 13 to 24 February.
And in April Endeavour will undertake its first international voyage since the museum took ownership of the vessel in 2005. Voyagers can immerse themselves in French and Melanesian history and culture when Endeavour sails Sydney to New Caledonia from 22 April – 3 May and New Caledonia to Sydney from 9 May – 20 May.
Endeavour is sailed by a professional crew of 16 assisted by 40 paying voyage-crew who learn first-hand what it was like to sail the oceans during the era of European exploration.
Voyagers can sign up as crew or take a supernumerary berth. Voyage crew members sleep in hammocks and stand watch, learn how to set sails, and helm the ship. Full training is provided.
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To book one of the voyages on HMB Endeavour visit www.anmm.gov.au/endeavourvoyages or phone +61 2 8241 8323
HMB ENDEAVOUR VOYAGING SCHEDULE
Sydney to Hobart: 28 January - 8 February 2019
Voyage Crew: 11-day voyage - $2,970 pp
Supernumerary: 11-day voyage - $5,500 pp
Hobart to Sydney: 13 - 24 February 2019
Voyage Crew - 11-day voyage - $2,970
Supernumerary - 11-day voyage - $5,500
Sydney to New Caledonia: 22 April – 3 May 2019
New Caledonia to Sydney: 9 May – 20 May 2019
Voyage Crew - 11-day voyage - $2,970
Supernumerary - 11-day voyage - $5,500
Exemplary leadership and Australia’s next generation of sporting stars will be recognised at this year’s AIS Sport Performance Awards, with finalists announced in both categories today.
The AIS has announced four finalists for both the Leadership Award and Emerging Athlete of the Year in the AIS Sport Performance Awards (#ASPAs), the annual celebration of Australian high performance sport. All winners will be announced at a black-tie function at The Star, Sydney, on Thursday 13 December 2018.
Finalists for Emerging Athlete of the Year are:
• Lucas Plapp (Cycling): The 17-year-old took on both the UCI World Junior Track and Road Championships in 2018, medalling in both. Plapp took gold in the Points Race and Madison at the U19 Track World Championships and was part of Australia’s bronze-medal Teams Pursuit. On the road, he was second at the U19 World Championships in the Individual Time Trial.
• Cormac Kennedy-Leverett (Rowing): A national champion in U19, U21 and U23 categories this year, Queensland’s Kennedy-Leverett rose to the next level by earning silver in the Junior Men’s Single Scull at the 2018 World Rowing Junior Championships and a bronze medal in the same event at the Youth Olympic Games.
• Nathan Argiro (Shooting): Argiro, a clay-target shooter from Mildura, won the 2018 Universal Trench World Junior Championships and the Trap at the International Shooting Sport Federation Junior World Championships, the only athlete to claim gold in both events in the same year.
• Jakara Anthony (Mogul skiing): Anthony had a breakout season in 2017-18, her first full year on the World Cup circuit. Aged just 19 at the time, Anthony pushed her more experienced rivals to finish fourth at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. She also had top-five finish at the Deer Valley World Cup.
Finalists for the Leadership Award are:
• Craig Phillips (Commonwealth Games Australia): Phillips has been CEO of Commonwealth Games Australia since July 2015, driving strategic change. He was a member of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Board, which helped deliver the successful home games.
• Ian Chesterman (Olympic Winter Institute of Australia): First appointed Chef de Mission of the Australian team for the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympic Games, he has held the role for six consecutive Winter Olympics. Chesterman has also been appointed Chef de Mission for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, surpassing the record of John Coates AC and Geoff Henke AO as a six-time Chef de Mission of an Australian Olympic Team.
• Lynne Anderson (Australian Paralympic Committee): Appointed CEO of the Australian Paralympic Committee in 2015, Anderson has led significant progress, addressing organisational reform and rebuilding its financial strength. Her leadership at the senior level provided a solid platform for Australian athletes who performed at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics and 2018 Commonwealth Games.
• David Bell (Diving): Bell is the CEO of Diving Australia (DA) and since commencing in June 2013 has recreated the sport, especially at the high performance level. DA's high performance program is both innovative and collaborative, one of very few Australian sports to have medalled in the last six Olympic Games.
Finalists have now been revealed for all award categories, which include:-
• The Sport Australia Award for integrity, fair play and sportsmanship
• Male Athlete of the Year
• Female Athlete of the Year
• Para-performance of the Year
• Team of the Year
• High Performance Program of the Year
• Coach of the Year
In addition to these awards, the AIS, in partnership with ABC Grandstand, has also launched a public vote to determine the ABC Sport Personality of the Year and Best Sporting Moment of the past 12 months. ABC Grandstand is the media partner for the AIS Sport Performance Awards and Australians can vote ataisawards.abc.net.au from now until 5pm AEDT on 9 December, 2018.
Correction: Due to earlier misleading information from media contacts, we made an error relating to the type of craft.
A kayaker has been attacked by a shark off a Moffat Beach on the Sunshine Coast.
The kayaker is believed to have been paddling about one-and-a-half kilometres off the coast of Moffat Beach when the shark attacked the kayak.
The man's kayak was then overturned and although he managed to right his craft, the kayak was taking on water with the shark circling nearby.
Surf Life Saving Queensland said lifesavers rescued the man after he was knocked out of the kayak by the shark. The man managed to climb back onto the kayak and radio for help before . Local authorities have reported that a 4-4.5 metre tiger shark was responsible for the attack.
A Queensland coast guard team has been dispatched in an attempt to locate the shark.
Michael Booth (WA) and Terrene Black (NSW) have taken out the open divisions in the SUP marathon racing component of the Hyundai Australian SUP Titles presented by SAE group today.
New South Wales have won the overall championship for the second year in a row, followed by Queensland, Western Australia and Victoria respectively. Competitors raced from Snapper Rocks through an ocean course and finished up at Currumbin Creek behind the RSL. Crowds gathered as competitors started to cross the finish line one by one.
Michael Booth (WA) has taken out his third Australian Title today in the open men’s SUP Marathon racing division, ahead of James Casey (NSW), Ty Judson (NSW) and Lincoln Dews (QLD) respectively. Booth held a healthy lead over his competitors for the majority of the race, which he was able to retain all the way to the finish line.
“It feels fantastic. This is my third Australian Title,” said Booth. “To do it over here in Queensland on a beautiful day with downwind is a lot of fun. I lived in Queensland for six years so it’s always good to have a win here. It was definitely a mixture of conditions today.”
Terrene Black (NSW) has won the open women’s division today in the time of 1:56:45, ahead of Karla Gilbert (QLD) and Susanna Wilson (WA). Black was ecstatic as she crossed the finish line and received loud cheers from teammates and supporters. Racing veteran Gilbert was close behind her.
“It feels great to get the win today, I’ve had a mixed bag of results this week so it feels good to get the win,” said Black. “The conditions weren’t too rough today, a little bit messy toward the end but I work well in those conditions.”
Peter Dorries (QLD) dominated the over 50 men’s division, crossing the finish line first to the large applause of locals.
Will Lee (WA) has taken first place in the over 40 open division, ahead of Paul “Jonesy” Jones (QLD).
The Western Australian dominance continued as Christiana Chessa (WA) finished first in the over 40 women’s division, much to the delight of her WA teammates.
Young gun Sam McCullough (WA) took first place in the junior men’s division today, after placing first at the technical race yesterday a well.
Puyo Titouan (New Caledonia) took first place in the Community racing division, but he also finished the race in the best time out of any division – with the time of 1:34:19.
The 2018 Hyundai Australian SUP Titles presented by SAE group provides the exclusive pathway to the International Surfing Association’s (ISA) 2019 ISA World SUP & Paddleboard Championships.
BY BEN STAGG - c/- https://australiansuptitles.com