• Lifejacket campaign pays off for rock-fishers

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    Publicity to encourage rock fishers to wear lifejackets is paying off in Australia. Almost half of those fishing in risky areas are now wearing lifejackets, statistics from Surf Lifesaving Australia show. A spokesman said: “A few years ago, it was very rare to see people on the rocks wearing lifejackets.” The improvement has come because of an education campaign specifically targeting Asian communities. Using multicultural and local media as well as the internet, it focused on this sector because half of the 120 rock-fishing deaths in the past 20 years have involved Chinese, Vietnamese or Korean who were not wearing lifejackets. Almost all were men.  Surf Life Saving Australia’s review of rock-fishing safety, published in March, recommended that legislation to make personal flotation devices mandatory at blackspot rock-fishing sites and at high-risk  locations. Full story here.

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    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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