Ross Winstanley

Ross Winstanley
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Introduction
After a career as a Victorian government fisheries research, management and policy professional and 10 years consulting in the fisheries field, Ross Winstanley is a writer and commentator on fisheries issues. He continues an active involvement in national and state research and fisheries assessment programs. A life-long angler, he is a 20-year veteran of Victoria's Angler Diary and Research Angler programs. Ross's current focus is on defending domestic seafood consumers of locally-caught fish as key stakeholders in resource allocation decision processes, and resolving gross inequities in Victoria's recreational fishing licensing system.

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Historically, tagging studies established the separate stocks of snapper Chrysophrys auratus occurring off eastern and western Victoria. Recent genetic work has shown the stock off eastern Victoria to be distinct from snapper occurring off Australia's East Coast, with an area of overlap off the southern coast of New South Wales. Unlike the heavily-...
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Recent annual surveys show four successive years of abundant 0+ year King George whiting Sillaginodes punctata entering Port Phillip Bay, Victoria. Excellent whiting fishing is expected to continue for at least four years. While annual surveys of 0+ year snapper Chrysophrys auratus in the Bay show low numbers in 2019 and 2020, the 2018 recruitment...
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In the absence of a state-wide advisory, advocacy and consultative body representing Victoria's recreational fishers, the Government continues to rely on an unelected and unrepresentative group of individual fishers and members of particular-interest groups of fishers and related businesses. Most Victorian fishers have no idea of who 'represents' t...
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This article examines a Victorian Government report analysing changes in recreational fishing participation (by age and gender), patterns in fishing licence sales and levels of angler and wider community awareness of licensing requirements and Government programs.
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The impact of covid-19 on Victoria's state government finances is likely to see an end to lavish public 'initiative' funding of recreational fishing programs. The main alternative for governments to continue politically-inspired programs is to draw more from the Recreational Fishing Licence revenue, already heavily diverted to fund cost-shifted for...
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The 1999 agreement between government and anglers was that revenue from the new all-waters RFL would be invested solely in new or expanded programs aimed at improving recreational fishing. After twenty years, governments have progressively cost-shifted former government-funded programs and have funded political policy promises to the point where th...
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During the 2019-20 summer, fires consumed forests and bush land, from the inland alpine region to the coast, in eastern Victoria, Australia. Threatened aquatic species along with 'sport fish' were heavily impacted. Subsequent heavy rainfall had the potential to add to the immediate harmful environmental effects. There were some promising early sign...
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With Australia's other major snapper fisheries in over-fished or uncertain stock status, Victoria's western snapper stock remains highly productive. The effects of removal of commercial net fishing from Port Phillip Bay may be offset by increasing pressure from South Australia. Recent research shows a cost-efficient way of monitoring the major curr...
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With Australia's other major snapper fisheries in over-fished or uncertain stock status, Victoria's western snapper stock remains highly productive. The effects of removal of commercial net fishing from Port Phillip Bay may be offset by increasing pressure from South Australia. Recent research shows a cost-efficient way of monitoring the major curr...
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Over the period 1998 to 2019, Victorian anglers have rated 'increased fish stocking' at the top of their priorities when surveyed. Despite the numbers of fish stocked having risen fro 1.5 million to six million in 2018, 22% of inland anglers said that the numbers of desirable species had "got worse". Perhaps it's time to return to basing stocking o...
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After a century of managing recreational fishing simply for the benefit of fishers, today recreational fishing in Victoria is managed for a much broader range of objectives. These include promoting statewide and regional economic development and social benefits at individual, family and community-wide levels. A paradigm shift has seen this 'managem...
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Victoria’s only estimate of statewide recreational fish catches dates back to the 2000/01 National Recreational and Indigenous Fishing Survey. Every state and territory – except Victoria – has since conducted two or more surveys of catch, effort, participation, etc, using the methods developed for the national survey. Tasked with a Government targe...
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The Port Phillip Bay snapper fishery is the 'icon' sport fishery of Victoria's saltwater anglers and is subject to commercial net and line fishing. The peak fishery is based on spawning aggregations of large snapper which move into the Bay during spring. Using acoustic tags and a series of listening stations, researchers have unravelled movement pa...
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The Port Phillip Bay snapper fishery is the 'icon' sport fishery of Victoria's saltwater anglers and is subject to commercial net and line fishing. The peak fishery is based on spawning aggregations of large snapper which move into the Bay during spring. Using acoustic tags and a series of listening stations, researchers have unravelled movement pa...
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The Port Phillip Bay snapper fishery is the 'icon' sport fishery of Victoria's saltwater anglers and is subject to commercial net and line fishing. The peak fishery is based on spawning aggregations of large snapper which move into the Bay during spring. Using acoustic tags and a series of listening stations, researchers have unravelled movement pa...
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The Victorian western snapper stock, extending into South Australian waters, relies on successful recruitment and survival in early years on the quality of several habitats in Port Phillip Bay. River inflows in spring are critical to larval snapper survival. Post-larval fish depend on soft-bottom habitats, before associating with inshore natural an...
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Conditions in Port Phillip Bay during the critical spawning period and larval stage determine ‘year-class success’ and whether the recruitment of fish entering the fishery as sub-adults 3-4 years later, and the adult snapper fishery after 6-7 years, will be strong, average or weak. Victorian fisheries researchers have determined the critical season...
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The Victorian western snapper stock, extending into South Australian waters, relies on successful recruitment and survival in early years on the quality of several habitats in Port Phillip Bay. River inflows in spring are critical to larval snapper survival. Post-larval fish depend on soft-bottom habitats, before associating with inshore natural an...
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Conditions in Port Phillip Bay during the critical spawning period and larval stage determine ‘year-class success’ and whether the recruitment of fish entering the fishery as sub-adults 3-4 years later, and the adult snapper fishery after 6-7 years, will be strong, average or weak. Victorian fisheries researchers have determined the critical season...
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Four years on, progress is well advanced in demonstrating the possibility of regenerating mussel and oyster beds that once covered up to 50% of Port Phillip Bay's floor. Placement of limestone rubble, seeded with farmed or hatchery-produced shellfish is proving successful in yielding productive benthic communities and associated fishes.
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Three species of flathead (Platycephalidae) support commercial and popular recreational fisheries in Port Phillip Bay. Sand flathead have suffered a 90% reduction in numbers since 2002 and fishing pressure on southern blue-spotted flathead is of some concern. Catch limit regulations that may relieve pressure on these stocks are discussed.
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Victorian anglers are well aware of black bream (F. Sparidae) and fish for them in rivers flowing into Port Phillip Bay, Victoria, Australia. But there's a large, untapped resource of large adult bream, of up to 4kg. which exit the rivers in late spring, returning during autumn. During the warmer months they feed during the night in shallow waters,...
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Twenty years after its introduction, Victoria's RFL supports programs of great benefit to the State's recreational fishers. However, a suite of exemptions has resulted in fewer than 40% of adult fishers being licensed. In addition, some decades-long government-funded programs have been cost-shifted to the licence. A review of the licensing arrangem...
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The Australian Government has announced that a national survey of recreational fishing around Australia. It's designed to collect information on fishers’ participation, d e m o g r a p h i c s , expenditure, awareness, and attitudes. Recreational fishers of all ages, genders, social backgrounds and fishing activity levels are urged to get online to...
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In July 1862, Victoria’s out-going Inspector of Fisheries and Oyster Beds reported his observations of the Australian colony’s commercial fisheries to Charles Duffy, who later became Premier of Victoria. Apart from its general historical interest in describing the fishes, fishing gear and boats of the time, this report remarks on the vulnerability...
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Across Australia, declines in both participation rates and public confidence in its sustainability pose challenges for recreational fishing. At some point the community will begin to question their loss of access (through closures of sustainable commercial fisheries resulting from angler demands), and the level of public investment supporting recre...
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The Victorian Government is investing $46M to achieve a target of one million adult anglers fish each year by 202 but has no way of measuring progress. In fact recreational fishing licence sales number<300K and are declining. Also, having closed several commercial fisheries, monitoring and assessing fish stocks are becoming wholly dependent on recr...
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Twenty years of monitoring and assessments show the commercial fishery in Victoria's Gippsland Lakes to be sustainable. Despite this, anglers have increasingly urged the major political parties to close the commercial fishery, based on unsupported claims of unsustainability and foregone economic and social benefits. How will the parties react in th...
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Several ocean fish stocks of interest to Victorian anglers are the subject of Commonwealth-managed commercial fishers. High level monitoring and assessment programs regulate commercial catches to ensure that overall fishing effort is sustainable at productive levels.
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Victorian anglers have been concerned about 'incidental' offshore catches of snapper being either landed or discarded to face high mortality. The trawl industry has negotiated an arrangement that minimises and closely monitors bycatch of snapper while avoiding the return of dead fish to the sea.
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In place since 1999, Victoria's recreational fishing licence applies to all waters, all species and all methods. Government figures show that 40% of adult fishers are either exempt from the licence or fish illegally. In addition, the licence's research and communication values are severely compromised. The forthcoming review of fishing regulations...
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For decades, Victorian recreational fishers were represented by government consultation and advisory bodies. During the 2000s, the allied industry successfully sought involvement and a new broad-based information-exchange body was established. Today, while that body continues, the industry bodies have largely withdrawn and Victoria lacks a state-wi...
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In the post-Millennium Drought period since 2010, no Victorian impoundment has attracted more scrutiny by anglers and been the subject of more fishing-related political attention than Toolondo Reservoir. Two weeks before the 2014 Victorian election, Opposition Leader, Daniel Andrews, announced 'Labor will take action to maintain Lake Toolondo as Vi...
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Since 1995, Victoria has see-sawed between structured co-management and “fit-for-purpose” arrangements, depending on the government of the day. Coalition governments have twice introduced broad-based statutory co-management councils while Labor governments have twice turned to less-structured arrangements. Today, Victoria stands alone in having no...
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Victorian seafood consumers are paying the cost of a political winner-take-all approach to bay and inlet fish resource allocation. Victoria’s major parties have abandoned commitments to consumers’ right to access local bay and inlet species through the commercial supply chain. In Australian inshore fisheries, defining fair shares among competing in...
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The Victorian Government is spending AU$27 million of public funds to cut local consumers’ fresh fish supplies by 400-500 tonnes in order to increase angler numbers to one million and to benefit business interests. How did recreational fishing business interests leap ahead of Victoria’s 5.6 million seafood consumers as priority stakeholders in fish...
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The Victorian Government’s proposed restrictions on commercial fishing in Port Phillip Bay from 2022 will leave the remaining fishermen hamstrung. At best, these restrictions reflect the Government’s indifference to the future viability of commercial fishing in the Bay; is it, in fact, aimed at eliminating all commercial fishing from the Bay? In an...
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Addresses spurious claims made by Geelong anglers in their campaign to have commercial net fishing removed from Corio Bay, Victoria. This campaign subsequently spread to Port Phillip Bay and was successful at the 2014 Victorian State election.
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Victorian anglers have played active roles in many highly-valued research programs for over 50 years. Better known programs include the reporting of recaptured tagged fish, volunteer fish tagging, and Fisheries Victoria’s Research Angler and Angler Diary programs. These contributions by anglers are assuming increasing importance to the research and...
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Victorian anglers have played active roles in many highly-valued research programs for over 50 years. Better known programs include the reporting of recaptured tagged fish, volunteer fish tagging, and Fisheries Victoria’s Research Angler and Angler Diary programs. These contributions by anglers are assuming increasing importance to the research and...
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Australians have a profound love for coastal and marine environments. Whilst iconic destinations such as the Great Barrier Reef, The Twelve Apostles and Rottnest Island annually attract millions of international visitors, Australians on weekends and over the summer holidays flock towards lesser-known, family destinations such as Lakes Entrance, Nam...
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Fisheries Victoria is responding to anglers' concerns about the state of trout fishing in the State's northeast streams, but how much of what's happening is inevitable and irreversible? Anglers fishing for trout during the 2013/14 season reported poor fishing in Victoria's northeastern streams. Many suspect that the wholesale removal of streamside...
Technical Report
Like its predecessors, the current Victorian Government faces a number of longstanding challenges in its communication, consultation and management arrangements with recreational fishers and in resolving resource sharing conflicts between recreational and commercial fishers. A thorough review and restructure of the Recreational Fishing Licence (RFL...
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Victoria, (along with Queensland, NSW, SA and Tasmania) is participating in the southeast regional section of national investigations into the future impacts of climate change on marine environments, fish stocks and fisheries. This being one of the most climate change-sensitive regions or 'hot-spots' in the world, there's a lot at stake and the sna...
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Victoria, along with Queensland, NSW, SA and Tasmania is participating in the south-east regional section of national investigations into the future impacts of climate change on marine environments, fish stocks and fisheries. This being one of the most climate change-sensitive regions or “hot-spots” in the world, there’s a lot at stake and the snap...
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Victoria's western snapper stock is assessed as being one of the two most robust in Australia in the recently-released report, Status of Key Australian Fish Stocks 2012.
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In July 2006 VFM reported the results of a whiting stock assessment workshop that reviewed current knowledge of the biology, stocks and fisheries for whiting in Victoria. In April this year the DPI held a similar workshop that revealed the significant progress that’s been made in these areas.
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In July 2006 VFM reported the results of a whiting stock assessment workshop that reviewed current knowledge of the biology, stocks and fisheries for whiting in Victoria. In April this year the DPI held a similar workshop that revealed the significant progress that’s been made in these areas.
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The southern sea garfish is the popular garfish species caught by anglers in Port Phillip Bay and other Victorian bay and coastal waters. Recent estimates of total Victorian recreational catches are around 22 tonnes per year, compared to commercial catches of around 80 tonnes. During May, DPI Fisheries Victoria held a garfish stock assessment works...
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During May, Victoria fisheries researchers conducted a Calamary Stock Assessment Workshop at the Marine and Freshwater Fisheries Research’s Queenscliff marine science facility. MAFFRI researchers, Fisheries Victoria managers and a Fisheries Officer were joined by anglers, VRFish representatives, a fishing charter operator and several commercial fis...
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In 1999, Sport and Recreation Victoria (SRV) commenced a program which set out to improve Victorians’ participation, access, enjoyment and opportunities in relation to recreational fishing in the State. Funding for this program came in the form of a $420,000 initiative scheduled to run over 3.5 years. As this special funding provision ends in June...
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Stock enhancement is one of a number of categories of fisheries management tools. It can be used to help solve problems or to create opportunities, but it can present a real challenge for managers. The immediate and tangible nature of measures such as fish stocking and artificial reef programs makes them attractive to many recreational fishers, wat...

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