Weekly Report 5 Sep 07

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Weekly Report 5 Sep 07

Post by Brad » Wed Sep 05, 2007 9:17 am

Once again there is little to report on the fishing front, apart from wind, wind and more wind.September is the time of year when we're supposed to be seeing the first gentle north-easterlies puffing during the afternoons. Obviously someone forgot to tell the great god of weather to check his calendar. At the time of writing, the prognostic four day chart shows a monster 1042 high pressure system sitting in the Tasman Sea. That can only mean one thing folks - very strong winds! And they forecast it is going to rain for a couple of days to boot. Lucky September is the driest month of the year eh?
So, what do you do?
How about some reading?

Well, the CapReef monitoring project has moved into its third year. This community based project is monitoring the impacts of the Green Zones and changes to the size and bag limits in the offshore waters off Central Queensland. It relies on catch and effort data from local fishers and I'm proud to say that 98% percent of locals have been more than happy to cooperate with this project. This has resulted in just shy of 4000 individual trips being placed into the database for the first 2 years. There are already another 1300 trips in there for the third year, so things are looking amazingly promising for this benchmark initiative.

Bill Sawynok as project Coordinator, in collaboration with scientist John Platten, have been busily crunching all the data from the first 2 years. The results are a series of comprehensive reports detailing the catch and effort actually occuring off CQ. These reports are availalble through the info-fish.net website. They are written in a style that makes them easy to read and understand and provides data and information that answers the most common questions asked in relation to how the fishing is in CQ.

I commend these reports to you and encourage CQ fishers who may not have provided information to CapReef to date, to get involved. The website explains how you can easily do this. This is a world class project and already is delivering facts and figures never before available. Check it out!

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Post by Guest » Thu Sep 06, 2007 4:26 pm

Bummer........ the upper river was coming good again and the rain we've just had has turned it into dirt soup with a side of weed and debris again.

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