Fishing key issue, Abu Dhabi draws superyachts, Volvo Garmin alliance

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 22 Feb 2011

Fishing key issue, Abu Dhabi draws superyachts, Volvo Garmin alliance

In 31 days time, New South Wales will vote and it's likely the Labor party will be ousted after holding power for 16 years, though what majority the Coalition will manage remains to be seen. Will the NSW Greens enjoy the same popularity with the electorate as in the federal elections last June? Thousands of fishers and boaters in NSW are watching the polls and the parties' policy announcements as the factions jostle for approval.

Marine Parks and the broader issue of commercial and recreational fishing have taken on key election importance. Read what the main players have to say – the seafood and fishing industry, the Greens, Coalition, international experts and the ECOfishers – in our feature.

We also have plenty of product news, including the news about B&G and Simrad scooping coveted awards for innovation at the Miami International Boat Show, some good news from Fremantle about their recent boat show, a preview of Abu Dhabi and Dubai yacht shows, and some insight from Thom Dammrich heralding a better year ahead for the US boating industry.

Next week, we will have a close look at the New Zealand marine industry, in the lead up to its Industry Conference, 23-25 March in Queenstown. Like many sectors in NZ (and Australia), the boating and marine industries are feeling the impact of long-term skills shortage. What is fuelling the trend and what are the main proponents doing to combat it?

Jeni Bone, editor

Fishing a major issue in NSW state elections
Jeni Bone,
Fishing and Marine Parks have emerged as a key issue in the lead up to the NSW state elections, with all parties divided on their stance, approach and policies.... [more]
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Simrad takes out two top honours at Miami International Boat Show
Rushton Gregory Communications,
Simrad Yachting, the market leader in marine electronics for recreational boating, has received two top product awards at the 70th Miami International Boat Show.... [more]
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Fremantle Boat Show 2011 – a huge success!
Emma Oldfield, exibit,
The sixth annual Fremantle Boat Show held 18-20 February 2011 was a huge success with well over 10,000 visitors!... [more]
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Alloy Yacht's largest ever, Vertigo
Media Services,
Hot on the heels of Sydney developer, Lang Walker's 190ft sloop Kokomo III, New Zealand builder Alloy Yachts is now working on its largest yacht ever, the 220ft ketch Vertigo - still under wraps until its launch slated for 'early 2011'.... [more]
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GME heralds the amazing G-Com marine VHF handheld radio
Matthew Heap,
GME, Australia's leading marine electronics company, will shortly broaden their product portfolio with the introduction of the amazing G-Com GX660 marine VHF handheld radio.... [more]
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Brady, Spida and Wilbur set to sail for a good cause
New Tack,
Three days out from the start of Variety Splash, Variety Ambassador and 3AW radio presenter Mike Brady has pulled together two celebrity names for his inaugural ‘Splash'.... [more]
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B&G Zeus wins 2011 NMMA Innovation Award
Rushton Gregory Communications,
B&G, the world leader in marine instruments, autopilot systems and tactical software solutions for sailing enthusiasts, has been honoured for its powerful new multifunction navigation display, Zeus, winning the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Innovation Award at the 70th Annual Miami International Boat Show.... [more]
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Tacktick performance electronics chosen for new Bavaria 40S
Sarah Johnson,
Tacktick's award winning range of performance, wireless electronics have been chosen as the instruments for the new Bavaria 40 Sport which was designed by Farr Yacht Design and was recently launched at the Düsseldorf Boat Show. A fleet of 7 of the new Bavaria 40S are also going to be used in the 2011 World Match Racing Tour taking place on Lake Constance in May 2011.... [more]
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Volvo Penta and Garmin forge alliance for joint development
Mats Edenborg, AB Volvo Penta,
AB Volvo Penta and Garmin Ltd have entered into a joint development and marketing strategic alliance to provide instrumentation, navigation and communication equipment for marine use... [more]
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Marine Rescue Batemans Bay Taree Launch of new vessel
Ken McManus,
Marine Rescue Batemans Bay - Commissioner Glenn Finniss of Marine Rescue NSW, will join Marine Rescue volunteers, including Board members and representatives from Batemans Bay unit on Tuesday 22nd February at Steber International in Taree for the launch of their new rescue vessel.... [more]
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Superyachts sailing to Abu Dhabi for the Yacht Show 2011
Informa Yacht Group Media,
Superyachts built by four of the world's top ten yacht builders according to the Global Order Book 2011, will feature in the line-up for next month's Abu Dhabi Yacht Show 2011, the Middle East's premier show for superyachts.... [more]
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Future looks brighter: NMMA
Media Services,
Thom Dammrich has set the tone for the 70th annual Miami International Boat Show, telling guests at the State of the Industry breakfast that 'better days are ahead'.... [more]
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Quintrex Partners with Trade School to Find New Talent
To recruit their next generation of boat builders Quintrex has again joined forces with The Australian Industry Trade College, an Independent Senior College with a trade focus.... [more]
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Miami International Boat Show - First Annual Billfish Invitational
John Bell,
Miami International Boat Show - Guy Harvey and his partners in Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts LTD today officially announced plans to host the Billfish Invitational at the Bimini Big Game Club, on May 18, 2011.... [more]
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All Marine Spares to showcase Craftsman 80hp at Sanctuary Cove 2011
Jeni Bone,
All Marine Spares will be hoping to capitalise on a successful appearance as first year exhibitors last year at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show.... [more]
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Miami International Boat Show - BBGC Charters Billy Black
John Bell,
Miami International Boat Show - Guy Harvey and the Big Game Club today welcomed aboard legendary Captain Billy Black and Rybovich's classic 53-foot El Viejo to add a top-of-class offshore charter operation to this Bahama out-island outpost's growing list of water sport pursuits.... [more]
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Yachtshare Open Day launches new catamaran
Imprint Media,
Syndicated yacht ownership pioneer Yachtshare will hold an Open Day at the Wynnum Manly Yacht Club Marina on March 6 to introduce boating enthusiasts to its new Seawind catamaran.... [more]
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Sanctuary Cove Reveals Plans for 2011 Show
Kate Duryea,
A world record attempt, marine seminars and VIP packages are some of the plans announced for the 2011 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show at an official launch today.... [more]
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Henri Lloyd in the land of the V8?
Fran Burke,
Henri Lloyd and Audi celebrate five years of sponsoring sailing/motor sport together with a 1-2 Audi victory at Bathurst. Henri Lloyd and Audi will be embarking on their next adventure together on the 4-6th of March for the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta and in August for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.... [more]
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Raymarine Asia Special Trade In offer ends March 25 2011
Raymarine Asia,
Raymarine Asia is pleased to announce a trade-in deal available until March 25, 2011. This trade-in deal is available through participating Raymarine Asia Pty Ltd authorised Service Dealers & Retailers and is only available on systems purchased by the Service Dealer or Retailer from Raymarine Asia Pty Ltd.... [more]
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Fitzroy Yachts lightens the load with Goldcore Light
Mat Wylie,
With significant advancements in the production of Goldcore lightweight plywood, the brand is seeing growing popularity in all corners of the world. Goldcore Light is riding the popularity as one of the best lightweight plywoods in the business of Marine interior construction. Fitzroy Yachts trialed and selected Goldcore Light for their G50 project... [more]
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Walcon boosts Marine Qld flood and cyclone appeal
Graham Shelley-Jones,
Marine Queensland's recently established Flood and Cyclone Relief Fund has received a welcome boost from Walcon Marine Australia Pty Ltd in the form of a generous cash donation.... [more]
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New home for Southern Spars
Southern Spars New Zealand have settled into a new home. The bespoke 10,000m² manufacturing facility will enable Southern Spars to introduce new technologies and accommodate the growing demand for larger and more technically advanced superyacht and grand prix race rigs.... [more]
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Explore NZ launches new America's Cup Yacht in Auckland - NZL 68
Melissa Prentice,
Explore NZ has commissioned their new America's Cup yacht NZL 68. She joins NZL 41 on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour where members of the public get the opportunity to take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Last year approximately 12,000 people, mostly overseas tourists sailed aboard the Cup yachts for a two hour race.... [more]
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Burke Marine's new L100 PFD
Burke Marine,
Burke Marine's trusty L1 has been superseded by their all-new front entry L100 PFD, not only in terms of regulatory compliance (AS4758.1) but in comfort and style. It embodies everything that Martin Burke has always strived for in PFD production.... [more]
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Major New Media launch at Sanctuary Cove
Jeni Bone,
Publisher of,, Sail-World Cruising and, TetraMedia's Rob Kothe, said ‘As we all know Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, is where Marine Business does Business and where there a many significant new product launches and we too will be doing a major launch. 'We too will be making a major new launch at SCIBS 2011 – we will be launchi... [more]
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Anglers raise public awareness of issues for 60 Minutes
Jeni Bone,
A vocal and passionate group of anglers, scientists and lobbyists took on the might of the Greens and others who support Marine Parks along the east coast of Australia, at last week's Tweed Heads debate which was part of the filming of a segment for TV program, 60 Minutes.... [more]
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3 Volvo Penta IPS Models at 2011 Sanctuary Cove and Sydney Boat Shows
Volvo Penta Oceania,
Volvo Penta IPS has revolutionised propulsion efficiency, onboard comfort, better for the environment and provides the boat designers and builders to utilise the extra internal volume that Volvo Penta IPS brings.... [more]
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Change your ads every day online!!
Jeni Bone,
Media Sales Representative Phil Arane explained. If you drive down the same road every day and the roadside signage does not change, you soon stop noticing it. ‘Online we can make changes. Rather than having one ad running for say a month unchanged pointing to one part of a website, our advertisers are now able to have up to five different ads, running on daily rotation, pointing to five diffe... [more]
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Rosehill Gardens set to welcome its eighth trailerboat show
It may boast more fame as the home of the Golden Slipper, one of the world's richest races for two-year-old thoroughbreds, but the Rosehill Gardens Event Centre is equally at home playing host to the boating industry.... [more]
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Countdown until Marinas 2011, June Melbourne Australia
The Marinas 2011 International Conference and Exhibition is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 20-22 June 2011.... [more]
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