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TWO men from Pascoe Vale and Ascot Vale
have been found in possession of 114 abalo -
ne and various other shellfish near Berry’s
Beach on Phillip Island.
Acting Director of Fisheries Education
and Enforcement, Bob Hutton, said the
men, known to Fisheries Officers, were
intercepted by Victoria Police around mid-
night on December 29.
“A bag was allegedly thrown from the
men’s vehicle prior to being pulled over by
Police,” Mr Hutton said.
“A second bag was located inside their ve -
hicle, which allegedly contained black lip
abalone meats, most of which were under-
“ I t will be alleged the abalone were taken
illegally from the intertidal reef areas of Kit-
ty Miller Bay.
“The abalone and associated equipment
“The men will be charged with offences
relating to the taking, possessing and traf-
ficking of a commercial quantity of a priority
species (abalone) and face substantial penal-
ties including up to 10 years imprisonment.”
Mr Hutton said tackling the indiscriminate
harvesting of shellfish from intertidal reefs
would be the focus of Operation Mantle,
which began last weekend.
“We will be patrolling popular reefs, in uni-
form and plain clothes, during all hours of
the day to apprehend people who threaten
the sustainability of our fisheries resources.
“Recreational fishers are reminded that
in the Central Zone, which is from the Aire
River to Arch Rock and includes Port Phillip
and Western Port, abalone may only be taken
on every Saturday and Sunday between No -
vember 16 2015 and April 30 2016, includ-
ing declared Victorian Public Holidays.
“On these days, the recreational catch limit
is five abalone per diver per day.
“ Catch limits are individual and a person
who has caught their own limit cannot con-
tribute to another person’s catch.
“ Divers must carry a measuring device, ad-
here to minimum sizes, use a blunt instru-
ment and only take abalone from water that
is more than 2 metres deep.
“All of these rules are outlined in the Rec-
reational Fishing Guide, available free from
most good tackle shops, or by downloading
the free ‘Vic Fishing’ app for smartphones.”
Anyone who sees or suspects illegal fishing
activity is urged to call Fisheries Victoria’s
24 hour reporting line 13 FISH (13 3474).
haul at Kitty Miller
A SPATE of thefts from cars
across the Bass Coast over the sum-
mer period has seen police launch
‘Operation Secure Car’ this week.
Acting Senior Sergeant Andy
O’Brien, officer in charge of the Op-
eration, has warned visitors and
community members to ensure ve-
hicles are securely locked in resi-
dential driveways, and that no valu-
able items are left in cars, following
a spate of thefts over the holiday
The thefts are occurring in resi-
dential driveways, cars parked in
the street, and at beach car parks.
“I urge drivers to ensure their
vehicle is locked and not to leave
valuables in their cars,” Sergeant
“If valuables have to be left in the
car, ensure that they are not vis-
ible,” he commented.
Sergeant O’Brien said that it ap-
pears that unlocked cars in resi-
dential areas are being particularly
A HEAD on collision
on the Cowes Rhyll Road
last Tuesday resulted in a
17 year old girl with seri-
ous injuries being airlifted
from the scene by helicop-
ter and flown to the Alfred
Hospital in Melbourne.
The 17 year old was the
driver of a vehicle travel-
ling toward Cowes at about
2pm in the afternoon.
Police say her vehicle
crossed over to the wrong
side of the road, and collid-
ed head-on with a vehicle
travelling towards Rhyll.
The 26 year old male
driver of that car was
taken by ambulance to
Wonthaggi Hospital, with
Police are investigating
the cause of the accident,
and say charges are pend-
Mass drowning averted at Cape Woolamai
From page 1
He said texts were sent out that
a mass rescue was underway at
Cape Woolamai and assistance was
urgently needed, with 10 cars of
surfers pulling up in minutes with
boards and flippers to help out.
The rescue and CPR operation
was described by Woolamai Beach
captain Luke Plant as an extremely
stressful one for the lifesavers and
surfers involved, and all had been
Police commend rescuers
When police arrived on the
scene at about 7.20 pm, all swim-
mers had been carried from the
water, and lifeguards and surfers
were arranged in three teams car-
rying out CPR on the victims.
Senior Constable Owen Gough,
one of the first to arrive at the
beach, said the team work of the
young rescuers and everyone in-
volved in the operation before
handing over to paramedics was
The same view was expressed
by Luke Plant, who rushed to the
scene after being alerted by WB-
“ I was so impressed with the lo -
cal surfers, the off-duty lifeguards
and the volunteer life savers, who
worked so well together until
paramedics could get there.
Eight ambulance units and the
air ambulance from Melbourne
Life Saving Victoria’s Lifesaving
Operations Manager Greg Scott
said it’s a reminder about the dan-
gers of rip currents.
“ Rip currents are highly fre -
quent and occur on all beaches, ”
Mr Scott said.
“If you’re caught in a rip current
stay calm, conserve your energy
and call out to seek help.
“ If you float with the current, it
may return you to a shallow sand-
“ If you swim parallel to the
beach you may escape the rip cur-
change so ensure your skills and
activities are appropriate before
entering the water.”
Mr Scott also praised those
involved in the rescue and said
counselling is being offered.
Operation Secure Car in your driveway
This tired elephant seal attracted plenty of attention over the last week as it rested on the sand at the
Colonnades at Cape Woolamai Beach.
A sign advises that it is moulting and requires rest, and people are asked to keep their dogs on leads
away from it.
The huge juvenile is certainly a rare sight to be seen on local beaches.
Some people were to be seen taking their dogs quite near the seal, perhaps deciding the signage re-
questing consideration for it was not meant for them.
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