Fishers' $20m suit, Maritime Council, Ethanol farming not enviro issue

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 01 Feb 2012

Fishers' $20m suit, Maritime Council, Ethanol farming not enviro issue

So much news this week, lucky we have the space to accommodate.

NSW Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay has chosen an 11-member Maritime Advisory Council, after seeking expressions of interest last year and receiving more than 40 responses from a wide range of the boating community. Their role will be to 'ensure that boating issues are heard clearly within Transport for NSW. It will guide the work of the Office of Boating Safety within Transport for NSW and the service delivery by Roads and Maritime Services'. Read who's made the Council and what they bring in terms of expertise and experience.

Club Marine has signed on again as sponsor for the 4x4 Outdoor and Tinnie & Tackle Show in Brisbane, March 23-25 – one of the largest events to be held in River City and certainly a fixture on the Queensland boat show calendar. The Bones will be attending, planning to upgrade grandpa's RIB this year for enhanced fishing fun!

Crowds at Sanctuary Cove International Boat show - the marine industry across the Asia-Pacific is looking for good attendances at boat shows in 2012  Steve Hall

Gladstone fishers have banded together to commission a private marine vet to investigate the sick seafood in their region, coinciding with launch of compensation claim that is estimated to be around $20m against Gladstone Ports and Qld government.

Gladstone Harbour is home to fishing and industry.  .. ©

The NSW Government's E10 decisions are ebbing and flowing, we have the latest news but there is still much of concern for the marine industry, as the still legislated aim of 6% ethanol overall is going to reduce standard fuel availability, regardless of this backdown. We have the latest comments this morning.

Classic example of 'phase separation', one of the problems when using ethanol - that's ethanol and water at the bottom, petrol/gasoline on top. -  

The first of several world-class attractions that will be on show at Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May have been announced – the JetLev (something out of 007's kit!), the Ego semi-sub from Korea and the extraordinary Seabreacher X. Not only are they marine industry innovators, the Ego is seeking local distribution, while Seabreacher and JetLev are both conducting their Australian launches at the show.

Have a top week and pop in for fresh news daily.

Jeni Bone, editor

Ethanol threat still real - boating industry at most risk
Jeni Bone,
The political leader of Australia's most populous state, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell announced on Monday night that his cabinet had scrapped an unpopular ban on regular unleaded petrol, which critics had claimed would drive up prices. But marine industry pundits are convinced there are only dangers to boats and increased expense for boaties in ethanol blended fuels.... [more]
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BSE Maritime Solutions completes acquisition of Cairns Slipways
Denis Maher BSE,
After 18 months in receivership, Cairns Slipways has been acquired by ship repair specialists BSE Maritime Solutions.... [more]
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Club Marine sponsors 2012 Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show
Fluid PR,
March 23 to 25 will see Brisbane's RNA Showgrounds play host to the trailerboat industry's premier event, the Brisbane Tinnie and Tackle Show, showcasing products from the most diverse range of exhibitors ever seen.... [more]
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Gladstone fishers hire private marine vet
Media Services,
Gladstone's commercial fishermen have commissioned a private marine veterinarian to get to the bottom of the 'red eye' blight on local fish and seafood.... [more]
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Mercury powers the podium at Daiwa Bream Australian Open
Jonathan Revitt,
Mercury powered boats have totally dominated the winners list at the Daiwa Bream Australian Open held on Sydney Harbour.... [more]
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Inshore courses promise superyacht close-ups
Amy Welch,
Members of the public, even those on shore, will this year be able to enjoy close-up views of an impressive fleet of luxury superyachts as they compete in the 2012 NZ Millennium Cup on February 16-18.... [more]
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Suzuki Marine launches new DF20A and DF15A
Martin Beeson The Haines Group,
Suzuki has announced the launch of two new fuel-efficient and high performance 4-stroke outboard motors – the all-new DF20A and the new generation DF15A.... [more]
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The new small but mighty Savage 385 Big Boy
Savage dinghies are built to last for years of fishing enjoyment and with the newly released 385 Big Boy the adventure is sure to continue in this tough little boat.... [more]
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Coral Sea 'sellout to green ideology'
Media Services,
Queensland Seafood Industry Association has accused the federal government of pandering to 'green ideology' by proposing a marine park in the Coral Sea larger than NSW, potentially impacting the livelihoods of 40 trawler operators.... [more]
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Suzuki Selective Rotation - a world-first in outboard technology
Martin Beeson The Haines Group,
Suzuki has taken the lead once again in pioneering cutting edge outboard motor technology with the introduction of Suzuki Selective Rotation.... [more]
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New courtesy for Boating Syndication owners
Imprint Media,
Innovative luxury boating company Boating Syndication Australian (BSA) has introduced a new service for clients – a courtesy vehicle to save time and cost in car parking.... [more]
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Bar Crusher's Bar Catch makes it easy
Sandman PR,
Bar Crusher's Bar Catch™ trailer system makes single-handed launching and retrieving a breeze.... [more]
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Queensland Rec fishers reminded about crab rules
Fisheries Queensland,
Did you know that lifting another person's crab pot can attract a $1000 on-the-spot fine? Do you also know the correct way to label your crab pots?... [more]
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North Queensland fishers to seek compensation for loss
Media Services,
Around 60 fishing industry and business owners affected by the sick marine life saga in Gladstone, Queensland have lodged an estimated $20 million compensation claim against the State Government and the Gladstone Ports Corporation.... [more]
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Alarm and anger grow as LightSquared threatens USA GPS system
Nancy Knudsen,
GPS-enabled devices could be compromised if a plan to expand the United States' broadband system goes forward, yet the company that proposes to build a broadband cell-phone communications network it calls LightSquared, 4G-LTE wireless broadband, seems to be as yet completely undaunted by marine industry concern that the vital GPS system is under threat... [more]
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New Maritime Advisory Council for NSW
Office of the Minister for Roads and Ports,
A new 11-member council has been formed to govern boating safety and waterway issues.... [more]
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UN states world's fish numbers are in dire straits
Media Services,
Rising wealth in Asia and fishing subsidies are among factors driving overexploitation of the world's fish resources, while fish habitat is being destroyed by pollution and climate change, UN marine experts said last week.... [more]
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North Sails overview of One Design racing in Australia
David O'Connor,
North Sails Australia - It's been a very busy time for One Design racing in Australia over the past couple of weeks and there is plenty more to come. We've just had the Victorian Etchells States where Noel Drennan from North Sails Melbourne once again took out the title. Mark Tonner displayed good boat speed and raced well with smart boat position to place second overall... [more]
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'Wow-factor' on tap at 2012 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
The 24th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, 24-27 May 2012, has been supercharged and amped to the max with a myriad of attractions to deliver outstanding value for money for visitors to the show.... [more]
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Seabreacher X – flying into the limelight at Sanctuary Cove
Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show,
An inventive Kiwi, Rob Innes is at the helm of US-based company, Innespace Productions. He is responsible for the design and engineering of an innovative personal craft that resembles a great white shark, dolphin or killer whale, that can roll from side to side and jump 12-18 feet into the air.... [more]
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New world record set in waters off Tasmania's west coast
Felicity Ogilvie,
There has been a new world record set on the waters off Tasmania's west coast. One hundred and forty five water skiers converged on the West Coast town of Strahan to test the record for the largest number of water skiers to be towed behind a boat.... [more]
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104th CYC Race to Mackinac releases NOR and Safety Regulations
Rachelle Treiber,
The 104th Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) Race to Mackinac Notice and Conditions of Race (NOR) and Mackinac Safety Regulations (MSR) have now been released. These documents reflect a series of changes implemented by the committee to enhance the safety of the Race for all participants.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Sailors send mobile phone cells into meltdown
Rob Kothe & the Sail-World Team,
The rise and rise of the Internet was vividly demonstrated yesterday afternoon when 3,000 sailors arrived at Royal Geelong Yacht Club, from the 34 nautical mile Festival of Sail passage race from Geelong and proceeded it seems to all begin to send images from the race back to their families on their smartphones, via the Internet.... [more]
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Marquis Yachts joins JV for China distribution
Marquis Yachts,
Marquis Yachts, LLC (Marquis Yachts) with manufacturing and offices located in Wisconsin (wholly-owned subsidiary of J&D Acquisitions, LLC) has formed an exclusive partnership in China with one of China's largest and most important state-owned companies, the Poly Technologies Inc. (Poly) for the sales and distribution rights for Marquis Yachts throughout China.... [more]
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Phuket International Boat Show spurs Andaman Marine Triangle growth
PIMEX Event Media,
Phuket Island is at the centre of Asia's growing marine leisure industry – one of the top five cruising destinations in the world – and is the centre of the emerging 'Andaman Marine Triangle'. Consisting of Phuket, Phang Nga and Krabi provinces, the Andaman Marine Triangle is home to some of the most stunning sailing grounds in the world, and the location for filming many international movies.... [more]
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Festival of Sails - Australia Day tradition continues,
This morning at 0930 on Australia Day 2012, almost three hundred yachts set sail in a historic passage race from Williamstown on Melbourne's Port Phillip to Geelong's Corio Bay.... [more]
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GC Mayor hopeful Keith Douglas challenges councillors to save Tipplers
Keith Douglas,
Gold Coast Mayoral candidate Keith Douglas has challenged the three councillors and mayoral aspirants, Eddie Sarroff, Peter Young and Susie Douglas, to demonstrate their leadership qualities by delivering on their undertaking to save the iconic Tipplers Tavern building.... [more]
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Helly Hansen Summer Sailing Collection available now
Jess Mulquiney,
Sailors worldwide rely on Helly Hansen for formidable waterproof breathable protection on rough seas. The Crew Midlayer Jacket is a transformable jacket suitable for the full range of sailing activities and conditions.... [more]
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Lowrance Elite Series and HDS Gen 2 to be seen for the first time
Rod Smith,
The Elite series appeals to many sailors due to it compact design and the HDS Gen2 is a fantastic upgrade to the widely adopted HDS series.... [more]
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Start planning your move to the SB3
Rod Jones,
If you are looking to grab an SB3 to campaign in 2012 and end your year at the World Championships at Hamilton Island in December, it's not too late.... [more]
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