Crabbers and rowers learn to share Canning RiverCrabbers and rowers are learning to share the Canning River after the State Government mounted an awareness program about crabbing restrictions and the safe use of the increasingly busy waterway.
Crabbers and rowers are learning to share the Canning River after the State Government mounted an awareness program about crabbing restrictions and the safe use of the increasingly busy waterway.
Department of Transport (DoT) Director Waterways Safety Management Chris Mather said the education campaign was introduced following a number of incidents over summer.
“We have worked with Rowing WA, Swan River Rowing, the Department of Fisheries and Recfishwest to introduce a range of measures that have been successful in raising awareness and reducing conflict on the water,” Mr Mather said.
The measures included:
- distributing brochures outlining the rules for crabbing in the river;
- installing temporary flashing mobile signs at boat launching ramps alerting boat owners to the restrictions for crabbers;
- increased early morning water safety compliance patrols and visits to launching ramps.
Mr Mather said despite two recent incidents, patrol officers had reported increased compliance with the crabbing restrictions and improved sharing of the waterway since summer.
“Regardless of the activity, everyone plays a role. All users need to be aware of others and any restrictions/regulations that apply to them,” Mr Mather said.
“This includes not placing crab drop nets in the main rowing channels between 4am and 9am with this restriction extending to the whole water ski area after 9am.
“This allows crabbers a reasonable chance of crabbing in this popular area without affecting other users.”
Details on designated/restricted areas for crabbers can be found on the Boating guides page.
For more information on marine safety please head to the Marine safety section at www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220
WA boating facilities receive fundingBetter boat ramps, more parking and a fish cleaning station are among State Government grants worth $5.49 million for improvements to recreational boating facilities throughout Western Australia.
Better boat ramps, more parking and a fish cleaning station are among State Government grants worth $5.49 million for improvements to recreational boating facilities throughout Western Australia.
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Maintenance dredging starts at DenhamMaintenance dredging has commenced at Denham prompting a warning to skippers navigating the area to take extra care.
Maintenance dredging has commenced at Denham prompting a warning to skippers navigating the area to take extra care.
Department of Transport (DoT) Coastal Infrastructure General Manager Steve Jenkins said the $1 million dredging project was required to restore depths in the harbour basin and entrance channel to the Denham Recreational Jetty.
“Maintenance dredging was last undertaken in 2004 and the work will ensure safe navigation around the jetty which is currently being replaced,” Mr Jenkins said.
“Commercial fishing, charter industry and recreational vessels operating in the area and people accessing the beach to need to be aware of the special safety arrangements implemented for the dredging operation.
“The dredge will manoeuvre within the entrance channel and maintain a navigable passage when possible but skippers entering the area should always establish radio communications with the dredge.
“A floating discharge line lit with orange flashing lights will extend from the dredge to the adjacent shore where the material is being deposited to widen the beach north of the town and allow for continued natural flow of sediment along the coast.
“Sections of the beach will be temporarily closed during dredging work to allow the material to be safely deposited. Testing has confirmed the dredged material is suitable for beach nourishment.”
The dredge will monitor VHF Channel12 and 27MHz Channel 90 for skippers making contact.
Dredging operations are scheduled for daylight hours from Monday to Friday and the work is expected to continue until August this year.
Last month DoT awarded the contract to design and construct the new $2.2 million Denham Recreational Jetty to Advanteering Civil Engineers.
The new jetty is part of the State Government’s Royalties for Regions funding committed through the $150 million Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan for major infrastructure and community priority projects.
The jetty is expected to be complete by the end of September this year. The project is being managed by DoT in close consultation with the Shire of Shark Bay.
For more information about the project or DoT’s maintenance dredging program throughout Western Australia contact (08) 9435 7605 or visit the Coastal erosion and stability page or the Temporary notices to mariners page.
Media contact: Bronwyn Hillman 0408 098 220
Temporary Notices to Mariners (TNTM)Use the links below to view maps displaying all current TNTM in each region of Western Australia.
Fraudulent email warningThe Department of Transport (DoT) would like to alert its customers to a potential email scam that asks recipients to confirm payment details for a purchase they have not made.
The Department of Transport (DoT) would like to alert its customers to a potential email scam that asks recipients to confirm payment details for a purchase they have not made.
The fraudulent emails claim to be from PayPal and provides the recipient with a link that allows them to cancel the purchase but asks for a number of personal details, including a drivers licence number, to do so.
DoT advises customers not to respond to any email claiming to be from PayPal that asks for personal details or drivers licence number.
DoT does not use PayPal for payments and never asks customers for their personal details via email.
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