NSW State Championships
Hosted by the Central Coast Sea Lions
As per the flyer, the Sea Lions are hosting the time honored USFA NSW State Championships, the event has been held for over 60 years and the trophies feature the names of many past and present champions and friends on them. The Championships will be held over two days and is a rock hop event.
Underwater Skindivers & Fisherman's Association office bearers:
|Vice President||Bob McComb|
|Assistant Secretary||Mel Brown|
|Assistant Treasurer||Lee Dalli|
|Membership Officer||Lee Dalli|
|Accreditation, Insurance & Strategic Officer||Peter Walsh|
|Sports Secretary||Cohen Jones|
|Events Coordinator||Alby Cooke|
|Webmaster & Social Media||Sam Krywulycz|
|Information Officer||Simon Horvath|
|Fundraising Officer||Jason Montes De Oca|
|Online Solutions Officer||Nigel Sirisomphone|
|Historical Officer||Mel Brown|
|Strategic Planning Officer||Peter Walsh|
|Public Officer||Mel Brown|
|Public Affairs Officer||Peter Saunders|
|Safety & Education Officer||Simon Trippe|
|Recognised Training Officer||Simon Trippe|
|Spearfishing Records Officer||Simon Trippe|
|Data & Research Officer||Bob McComb|
|Endangered Species Officer||Matthew Poulton|
|Environment Officer||Matthew Poulton|
|Marine Advisory Councils Officer||Oliver Wady|
|Marine Parks Liaison (Far North - Coffs)||Ray Powell|
|Marine Parks Liaison (Far North - Byron Bay)||Ray Powell|
|Marine Parks Liaison (North)||Alby Cooke|
|Marine Parks Liaison (Central)||Matthew Poulton|
|Marine Parks Liaison (South - Jervis Bay)||Oliver Wady|
|Marine Parks Liaison (South - Batemans Bay)||Ric Cumming|
|Members Liaison Officer||Bob McComb|
|Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) Representative||Matthew Poulton|
It is with much excitement that the USFA would like to announce that the NSW State Spearfishing titles will be held on the October long weekend in conjunction with the Tomakin Sporting Clubs Fishing Bonanza. The State Titles will be a one-day pairs event on the Sunday only and as with all USFA competitions full USFA membership will be required to fish. Pair’s events are becoming more popular in our region and this is the format favoured by our neighbouring countries and the format of our most esteemed competition with them. By incorporating this competition with the Tomakin Fishing Bonanza there is the opportunity to further promote this event, promote pairs competitions and spearfishing to the broader community. On the Saturday morning we also plan to run a spearfishing induction course and then encourage experienced divers to accompany the tyro’s on a dive. There will be incentives to participate in this.
It was decided at the USFA executive meeting last Thursday to keep the USFA membership fee at $90. This was achievable due to discounts on our insurance; the level of coverage still remains the same as when the premiums were higher. The executive have worked hard with our insurance provider to create this policy and although some feel it is too expensive, we believe it represents good value and is the best currently available to spearo’s in Australia. As spear fishers in other states and territories become aware of this policy, we expect to increase our membership footprint outside of NSW as a result.
The USFA is the peak spearfishing body in NSW and has always advocated for spearfishing access and rights to all spearo’s, be they a member of the Association or not, this is always our default position. In order to improve communication it has been agreed that we should offer a ‘social membership’ to the USFA at nil cost. This is in the hope of improving communication, inwards and outwards, and also that more people will then see the value in taking up full membership with the USFA. This social membership will not have the voting rights, insurance or other benefits of full members, however as we are the strongest voice for all spearo’s in NSW in the legislative and regulatory process, we feel improving our relationship with all of our extended tribe is very important.
Thursday evening also saw the AGM held and the re-election of the entire executive to their previous positions. Two new executives to previously unfilled positions were filled by Bob McComb as Deputy Chair and Simon Horvath as Information Officer, this new influx of experience and enthusiasm is a deliberate attempt to improve consultation with members and stakeholders. Changes to our constitution are also being discussed at the executive currently; these can only be made with the mandate of the membership. All members will be given notice well in advance and we ask that you consider these and the intent of any changes and vote accordingly.
“Where there is unity there is always victory” (Publilius Syrus).
The NSW Government is inviting your comments on suggested management initiatives to enhance marine biodiversity in the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion. Please note that the consultation period has been extended until Sunday 8th May 2016.
The Marine Estate Management Authority (MEMA) has created a discussion paper where they describe eight suggested management initiatives in the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment. The USFA agrees with most of these Initiatives except for Initiative 4 - Spatial Management.
Spatial management is basically another name for Lockouts. The USFA is opposed to lockouts as we believe there are better management strategies than total lockouts.
The Assessment has identified 15 main sites and 44 additional sites. The implications are that as many of these sites as possible will be locked up for good. Continue reading The USFA’s Issues with the Hawkesbury Shelf Marine Bioregion Assessment