On the coast

Anthony Nedelkos (9) and Craig Wells fishing at the Northern Beach at Hillarys Boat Harbour.
Anthony Nedelkos (9) and Craig Wells fishing at the Northern Beach at Hillarys Boat Harbour.

There was also tasting of local seafood cooked on site, casting competitions, knot tying and rigging demonstrations, lure painting and a touch pool for youngsters to look at the fish they caught.

Recfishwest chief executive Andrew Rowland said the event was also a good way to keep regular and occasional fishers up to date with all the latest information including safety measures, bag sizes and possession limits.

During the event, 50 tagged mulloway were released as part of a re-stocking program.

– Meanwhile, a permanent digital record of the wreck of Australia’s worst ever maritime disaster will be created by the WA Museum.

Working with Curtin University, the museum will use high resolution imaging technology to create a 3D image of the wrecks of HMAS Sydney and HSK Komoran after receiving a $483,000 grant from the Federal Government.

Museum chief executive Alec Coles said: ‘The loss of the HMAS Sydney (II), with all hands, off the coast of Western Australia in 1941 is still, to this day, Australia’s greatest naval tragedy and a very significant part of WA’s history,’ he said.

‘Both ships lie approximately 2500 metres deep on the seabed and, partly because of their isolation and inaccessibility, they are still in a state which is recognisably the same as immediately after their sinking.

‘Both wrecks also show evidence of decay which will inevitably lead to structural collapse so it is imperative that we capture the heritage value of the ships now and plan, as much as possible, for their protection,’ he said.