If you follow the link below you will find a petition regarding the release of a feral horse management plan for Kosciuszko National Park. Could you please fill it in and send the link to all your networks and encourage them to fill it in as well.
I understand KNP is currently managing under decade old plan. Much work has been undertaken to develop a new plan but there has been a lack of transparency.
The front cover this month is reproduced from the 1950’s version of CAA Newsletter – a special treat given it is our 75th birthday.
This month Burley Line is dominated by images from our annual free Fly Casting Days for the Public. A pleasing turnout was achieved given some shocking weather and the threat of COVID. Everyone conducted themselves in a COVIDSafe fashion and still managed to learn much from our in-house instructors, Mark, Nathan and Lyall plus some valued guests in the form of Peter Morse and Nick Taransky. All the photos submitted to Burley Line (many thanks John and Andrew) are up on the web in an archive folder, protected by a password. CAA members and participants, can contact the editor if you’d like to browse on-line.
Remaining articles this month come courtesy of our two Jasons – many thanks guys … I can trust you to provide contributions. A combination of fishing in warm places, information on native fish stocking opportunity and more reel maintenance (with an appropriate happy ending).
With my other hat on … members are reminded that CAA fees are due from the AGM (ie last month), a number of our long-term members have yet to renew – please do so. Our ‘Join Us’ page has downloadable or on-line web forms to amend any contact information. It has all the information on how to do funds transfer … note that we have a new account number.
Jason M recently acquired some second hand Abu Garcia level wind baitcaster reels. In Tackling the Trouble he describes some of the maintenance work he did to bring them back to good form. I’ve later discovered this work is actually in two parts. The concluding episode is here.
Attached is a notification about geological investigations at Talbingo Reservoir and continuing work to install the underwater communication cable. The work will involve intermittent disruptions to the boat ramp at Talbingo Reservoir from 1 August to 31 October 2020.
NSW is still lagging behind with banning these traps and implementing their exchange project. ACT is enacting the change. CAA Sec emailed this today:
The ACT Government is introducing a new Fisheries (Fishing Gear) instrument which prohibits the use and possession of opera-house nets in all ACT waters (including private waters). This instrument also allows the use of open-top pyramid nets in waters where hoop-nets are allowed – please see the following link to view the instrument https://www.legislation.act.gov.au/di/2020-113/ . This has now been notified and the changes to these fishing gear rules now apply in the ACT.
On 2 July 2020, MAS Secretary Rod Whiteway and I met with NSW Fisheries to discuss our Concept Plan for the trout grow-out facility which is to be developed as an off-set for Snowy Hydro 2.0. During this meeting we presented our plan and our four priorities. At the end of this meeting NSW Fisheries asked that the MAS enter into “Agreed Principles” with DPI for the project. The MAS Executive is working on this and we will make a decision soon.
On 7 July I met with Snowy Hydro to present our Concept Plan to them. It is my assessment that our Concept Plan was well received.
Under the Final Assessment, Snowy Hydro is required to develop a detailed Recreational Fishing Management Plan, which includes a program involving the spending of $5 million over 5 years during construction (of Snowy Hydro 2.0) to develop the capability to restock, and to restock, the Tantangara Reservoir and Lake Eucumbene with salmonid fish. The anglers of the region have provided substantial support for the MAS proposal that the facility must produce fish of such a size that can withstand redfin predation. The MAS has identified 200 to 250mm as the preferred size and this has subsequently been confirmed by DPI researchers.
To get trout to this size it is imperative that the Gaden Trout Hatchery is capable of operating year-round with minimal impact from reduced water flow or high-water temperatures. Over the last two hatchery seasons we have seen Gaden production impacted by Thredbo River hot water events. It is likely that these hot water events will continue ad hoc into the future. Because of climate change there is the distinct probability such events will become more frequent. The MAS has formed the view that Water Temperature Security (WTS) is the critical element in any Plan for the facility. To ensure WTS the MAS has developed this Concept Plan to ensure WTS for the grow-out facility and Gaden Hatchery generally.
The MAS has adopted the position that there are four priorities for this project, and they are non-negotiable in concept. They are:
Water Temperature Security must be secured for Gaden Hatchery,
The facility must be capable of growing out a minimum of 150,000 yearling trout per annum for stocking,
A suitable fish transporter must be part of the plan to ensure trout are stocked efficiently and effectively, and
Holding a reserve of funds for the mid-term repair or replacement of the pump and / or pipeline.
If you would like more detail on the Concept Plan you can find it on the MAS Web Site at this link.