Fishing world records have been set and made in the most amazing line drenching places in Australia. The government has also kept up with the times, setting limitations and rules in recreational fishing that helps ensure the preservation of each species and fishing locations.
1. Most of Aussie fish species are that of salt water breed. More than 4400 species of fish live and breed in Australian waterways.
2. Australia holds the majority of best fishing locations in the world, and state governments have implemented closed water seasons that prohibit fishing at certain times of the year to safeguard species at susceptible times such as spawning season. This is also the reason why Australia is renowned across the world for its untainted waters, excellent fisheries management by the government that guarantees first-class, sustainable seafood and marine wild life.
3. Bag limit refers to the maximum weight or amount of fish that you are allowed to take from a fishing spot. Bag limits differ per region and depend on the fish species. A bag limit lasts for 24 hours, meaning a bag of the same fish species must not be replenished as catch for the next 24 hours.
4. There are two main kinds of fishing classified as offshore and inshore fishing. Inshore fishing is done in waters less than 30 feet deep with land in sight, hence the vessel does not sail far from shore. The vessels used in inshore fishing are also much lighter than those used in offshore. Offshore is the exact opposite to inshore.
5. AFMA. Australian Fisheries Management Authority is in charge of fisheries management, environment and sustainability of underwater wildlife species. They are also involved in data collection, and the layout of legislative objectives that have fishing rules as a part of the underwater wildlife sustainability drive.
6. Recreational fishers are NOT allowed to sell or trade their catch.
7. The origin of fishing dates back to over 40,000 years ago during the Paleolithic period. During this time when people were constantly on the move in search for food or eluding harsh environments, they would travel near bodies of water and which is why they used fishing as the means for their main source of food and survival.
8. Australia is very particular in the preservation of its marine wildlife that PIRSA (Primary Industries and Resources SA) has come up with Twelve Recreational Principles that help continue recreational fishing across generations.
With these useful facts in one pocket you are just a step away from that dream fishing trip. Learn the skills from your expert skipper and get that gear on; it’s time to go fish!