Sport, Conservation and Integrity
ANSA is the peak body for sportfishing in Australia and encompasses all the needs of the beginner as well as the experienced angler. It represents recreational sportfishers through various branches and affiliated clubs across Australia.
Joining a local ANSA affiliated club is the best way to maximise the benefits of ANSA membership. Clubs plan competitions and fishing trips, have an excellent social atmosphere and often have social training nights for beginners. If you can’t join a local club, direct membership is also available.
The ANSA record chart is the largest in the world and covers line class from 1 kg through to 60 kg. There are seven different divisions that an angler can fish ranging from the general sportfishing through to flyfishing, gamefishing, etc.
ANSA also conducts a non-line class ‘All Tackle’ Length Only record chart and a national tagging program. Catch and release is strongly encouraged and ANSA provides a Masters capture awards program for those sportfishers who really want to test their individual angling skills.
Obey and respect the local regulations and conventions that govern fishing in your chosen area.
Purposefully conduct yourself in such a manner so as to minimise any negative impact on the fish’s environment. Being mindful of anchoring and speed restrictions is as important as preventing littering, pollution and habitat destruction.
The angler’s environment should be protected as well as the fishes. Do not indulge in littering, in particular with discarded tackle. Disposal of offal and unwanted bait should be undertaken in a manner that is both environmentally sound and publicly acceptable.
Respect the rights and interests of others especially those other anglers and commercial fishers who are legally participating in the fishery.
Be aware of the relationship between the angler and their quarry and understand that the choice of the individual is important when dealing with a capture.
Respect the rights of property owners including those that exclude access for personal or cultural reasons and negotiate access to waters rather than trespass.
Participate where possible in scientific, educational and community programmes that benefit the fishery or recreational anglers.
Fish taken should be killed quickly and should be prepared and preserved in such manner as to minimise spoilage and waste. Where a fish is not wanted it should be returned in such manner as maximises its chances of survival. Wanton unnecessary destruction of undesired species is unacceptable.
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Statement on the recent fish kills in the Darling River and Menindee Lakes
Consistent with the ANSA ethos of protecting the aquatic environment for the benefit of recreational fishers and all Australians, ANSA NSW and its members are deeply concerned and angered by the current poor state of management of the Darling River and the wider Murray-Darling Basin, and the implications and dire consequences for fish habitat in the region.
The recent news of fish kills that may have seen up to a million fish perish has understandably shocked and angered recreational and sportfishing communities, leaving many concerned the common values we share as recreational fishers have been neglected by governments in favour of commercial and political interests.
It is of particular concern, noting the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s December 2018 Quarterly Report that, whilst other states seem to be progressing well with their Water Resource Plans (70-100% confidence), NSW is languishing at confidence levels as low as 10%-30% for the majority of the listed water courses. This, according to the report, largely ‘indicates that so far the state has made limited progress’.
The current state of toxicity in areas affected by the fish kills, combined with the extreme heatwaves we are experiencing, may yet lead to further environmental devastation. However, it is pleasing to see preventative works, such as aeration of waterways being undertaken in other sections of the Basin. Let’s hope this is the start of more comprehensive action and not simply lip service.
ANSA NSW supports a comprehensive, evidence-based enquiry into the administration of the Murray Darling Basin Plan, in collaboration with the Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation and other related recreational fishing peak bodies. We will communicate the impact the current predicament has on both the amenity of freshwater fishing in our state and the long-term sustainability of the entire Murray-Darling fishery.
It is the overwhelming opinion of recreational and sport fishers that a healthy fishery habitat, underpinned by sensible and sustainable water flows in the Murray Darling Basin, effective compliance, and management outcome monitoring, is the only way to achieve sound commercial, environmental and recreational balance. We will be communicating this need diligently.
President ANSA NSW
Committee meetings 2019
Tuesday 12 February 2019 Committee Meeting
Tuesday 7 May 2019 Committee Meeting
Tuesday 13 August 2019 Committee Meeting
Saturday 31 August 2019 Delegates’ Meeting, AGM & Presentation
Tuesday 12 November 2019 Committee Meeting
submissions & presentations
Competition rule changes
Advice for 12 month competition rule changes for 2016-2017
Newsletters from the Mulloway Tagging Research Pilot Project:
Newtag Bulletin No 16, March 2014
Newtag Bulletin No 17, July 2014
Fish 4 Therapy
Read about the therapy workshops run by ANSA members