Com­pe­ti­tion fo­cuses on marine safety

Pilbara News - - Sport - Tom Zaun­mayr

Port Wal­cott Vol­un­teer Marine Res­cue is bring­ing back a lo­cal fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the Wick­ham-Point Sam­son area in an ef­fort to re­cruit new mem­bers for the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

An­glers will hit the bay, creeks and beaches on Au­gust 6 for the Port Wal­cott Fish­ing Ex­trav­a­ganza.

Or­gan­iser An­drew Cow­ell said the com­pe­ti­tion would be based on marine safety, with each ves­sel re­quir­ing a VMR mem­ber on board.

“The guys in Wick­ham and Point Sam­son don’t have fish­ing events out here, so we were look­ing at do­ing some­thing in­ter­nally for VMR mem­bers and it sort of snow­balled,” he said.

“Talk­ing to a lot of peo­ple out here, a lot of peo­ple all say they mean to join (the VMR) but haven’t got around to it.”

Cow­ell said the fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion would help get those peo­ple who had kept putting off join­ing the VMR on board.

There will be prizes for all chil­dren who en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion.

Mr Cow­ell said the VMR used to run Cracker Jack — a fish­ing com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Rio Tinto em­ploy­ees in Dampier and Cape Lambert — about 10 years ago.

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