Monday, February 12, 2007

Fishing adventures, lures and raw prawns

Your Waterfront writer joins Guardian readers in enjoying the fishing adventures of Kat and Ez in their Fishing Shennigans column each week.
Their love of bright, shiny and new things proves the viability of bait shops selling baubles. If they are on the end of a line girls, they’re called ‘lures’. This includes the shiny 4WD on your shopping list.
The girls have passed on some great information regarding crocs, bait, vehicles, fishing gear and ‘spots’. Learning by doing is the most fun as long as you survive the experience.
The girls have even been reading things like the Fishing Guide supplied by the “lovely” Fisheries officers.
However, we have to come the raw prawn on the issue of using non-Australian raw prawns.
Now to be fair, perhaps the raw prawns the girls used were Aussie prawns, in which case it’s ok. But not if they are imported.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Executive Director John Tanzer says imported green prawns could carry exotic viruses, such as the white spot syndrome virus, that were not dangerous for human consumption but had the potential to be transferred to Australian stocks of prawns and crabs.
“If you're unsure what baits to use, follow the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries guidelines, read raw seafood labels carefully, and avoid the use of imported green (uncooked) prawns as bait or berley,” he said.
Every fisher shares their excitement at getting something on the line. Hopefully Kay and Ez will keep the close encounters with crocs to a minimum so we may continue to enjoy their adventures.

Buffett Groovy launch

A favourite with sailors, singer Jimmy Buffett took delivery of a new sailboat christened ‘Groovy’ a Tofinou 9.50 in St. Barth
Designed by Michel Joubert, and said to be as fast as she is expensive. Buffett and friends, enjoyed a brief christening, and then he went out for an afternoon sail.
Singer Jimmy Buffett is a frequent visitor on the French island, and owns a house there. He also owned a hotel, the Autor de Rocher, before it burned down.
Saint-Barthélemy is a French island located in the Caribbean among the Leeward Islands about 150 miles east of Puerto Rico.

Sunny outlook?

Sunglasses date back to 15th century China, where they were worn by judges to conceal their expressions while presiding over court.

Young Endeavour

Please could you circulate this message to your community to encourage 16 - 23 year olds to apply for an 11-day voyage on the Young Endeavour tall ship. Our ballot is open until 1 April 2007.
Not for profits and Community organisations can also sponsor a young person to sail and can bypass the ballot selection process. This is an opportunity to offer training in team work, leadership and communication in a unique environment.
Amy Osborne Sponsorship Manager Young Endeavour Youth Scheme said voyages are for 11-days with a departure scheduled from Airlie Beach later this year.

Wooden boats

This weekend sees the seventh Australian Wooden Boat Festival taking place at the Hobart’s Constitution Dock. The maritime city hosts the festival with the historic waterfront precinct a scene of colour, excitement, action, music and flavours, all inspired by the sea.

Hayman lights restored

Mariners are advised that the two lighted beacons located in The Narrows at Hayman Island have now been restored to normal. AUS charts: 254, 370

“Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, many people would have trouble starting a conversation”

Fair winds to Ye!

Cap’n Dan