Wearing lifejackets while rock fishing highly recommended

A rock fisher without a life jacket. Image: WikicommonsA rock fisher without a life jacket. Image: Wikicommons

Central Coast Council welcomed the NSW Government’s initiative to increase safety for rock fishing through legislation which gives them the option the opt-in to making it mandatory to wear lifejackets while rock fishing.

Many rock fi shers already wear life jackets, according to Council. Central Coast Council will continue to promote the wearing of life jackets as the safest way to get your catch whilst out on the rocks. Having the wearing of life jackets enshrined in the Local Government Act would enable Council staff to check, educate and enforce the wearing of life jackets while rock fishing.

It will also ensure that those life jackets being worn by rock fishers comply with the Australian Standard. The new opt-in initiative being offered to Council will be considered as another tool to use in its Beach and Water Safety initiatives.

Source: Media release, Apr 14 Central Coast Council media

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