Trout forum on Snowy Mountain lakes fishery

FISHERS are invited to attend a public forum on the Snowy Mountains Lakes trout fishery with Department of Primary Industries (DPI) managers and scientists in Cooma at the Cooma Ex-Services Club, Vale Street, Cooma, at 6pm on May 29.

DPI Inland Senior Fisheries Manager, Cameron Westaway, said some fishers have reported reduced catches of rainbow trout in Lakes Jindabyne and Eucumbene during the past two years.

“While brown trout catches have continued to remain stable in the lakes and the brown trout spawning fishery has been excellent, we have received reports of lower rainbow trout catches from some fishers using traditional surface and shore based fishing methods – while other fishers have reported good catches using deeper trolling methods,” Mr Westaway said.

“Various theories for these changes in catch rates have been suggested by the public. These fisheries provide significant social and economic benefits to the region and we are committed to their long term success.

“The forum will give fishers the opportunity to hear about the current trout stocking program, management practices, and updates on research.

“Leading New Zealand scientist Dr Michel Dedual from the Department of Conservation in Turangi will provide insights into the iconic Taupo trout fishery which has also experienced changes in catch rates of rainbow trout in recent times.

“Importantly the forum will enable DPI managers to gain feedback from the fishing public on some of the most popular trout fishing locations in NSW. This feedback will assist DPI and the angler based Snowy Lakes Strategy Working Group who provide direct advice on the management of the fishery.

Aussie EPIRB manufacturer leads way

New GPS equipped EPIRB from GME ensures faster location - Market leading Emergency Beacon manufacturer GME has released the MT600G, a new Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) with improved GPS functionality ensuring faster location in an emergency situation.

Built on the foundation of 35 years of experience designing and manufacturing EPIRBs in Australia, the MT600G features a 10 year battery life and advanced self testing capability, giving users greater peace of mind.

The GME MT600G boasts a 66 channel GPS receiver which reduces the search area to less than 100m radius, and a 121.5MHz homing signal to further aid in location and retrieval in an emergency. Complete with quick release mounting bracket and automatically deployed antenna, the MT600G is certified by COSPAS SARSAT for worldwide usage.

Marine Marketing Manager at GME Brad Darch said 'GME EPIRBs and PLBs have lead to more rescues in Australian waters than any other brand, and the MT600G continues this heritage. It was designed and manufactured in Australia to deliver next generation performance and reliability.'

The MT600G is available at all authorized GME Marine Dealers at an RRP of $399 including GST.   Locate your nearest dealer at www.gme.net.au/contacts

See you on the water,

Rob Paxevanos

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