Life jacket polic­ing ramped up

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Toby Hussey

Fish­eries of­fi­cers and rangers have their eyes on Salmon Holes, as D-day ap­proaches for fines to be handed to those caught on the rocks with­out a life jacket.

The one-month ed­u­ca­tion pe­riod for the manda­tory life jacket trial be­gan on Jan­uary 1, with fines up to $1000 for peo­ple who are caught on the rocks with­out a life jacket from Fe­bru­ary.

De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment of­fi­cers and rangers are pa­trolling the area reg­u­larly and pro­vid­ing vis­i­tors with ed­u­ca­tion ma­te­rial.

An ed­u­ca­tion team is also visit- ing tackle shops and suppliers through­out the re­gion with in­for­ma­tion pack­ages.

So far no­body has been caught fish­ing from the rocks with­out a life jacket, in­di­cat­ing ear­lier warn­ings have been ef­fec­tive.

DPIRD re­gional man­ager Rus­sell Adams warned fish­ers that fines will be handed out from Fe­bru­ary 1 re­gard­less of ex­cuses.

“Once the one-month ed­u­ca­tion pe­riod has ex­pired fines will be is­sued,” he said.

“The vis­i­tors we’ve spo­ken to have been sup­port­ive of the ini­tia­tive.”

Eight peo­ple have died at Salmon Holes since 2010.

De­part­ment of Bio­di­ver­sity, Con­ser­va­tion and At­trac­tions ranger Bren­dan Wil­liams and De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment fish­eries of­fi­cer Matthew Wil­son ex­plain the new rules to the Bain fam­ily.

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