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Lobster exposé appreciated
From: Robyn and Charlie Antenucci,
Caversham, Western Australia
We wanted to thank Walter Starck for his detailed article on the
Western Rock Lobster Fishery, in the August edition of Ausmarine
and in the West Australian Newspaper.
We can only hope that the Fisheries Department will read your
article, and at least give it consideration. We are at their mercy,
and it seems it is of little consequence to them if all of the
fishermen are made bankrupt.
On top of it all, we now are receiving letters to attend
meetings regarding marine protected areas from Shark Bay to
Kangaroo Island in South Australia in waters outside three
The letter states: "the next stage of this process is for industry to
ensure that the commercial fishing data available to the
Commonwealth Government is accurate so impacts on our
industry can be minimised where possible" -- what a joke.
Over the past few years the Fisheries Department has taken
from us our small netting licences which we used to catch bait
from the shore, wet-line licences and soon our crayfish licences.
Emotions are running high, and there are those who wonder if
slashing of one's wrists is the only answer.
On August 22, John Sydney Haines AM,
Chief Executive Officer and founder of
The Haines Group, passed away at the age
John's close family have lost a father,
husband, grandfather and brother but
Australia has lost a man whose stature in
the world of boating and fishing truly
reached icon status.
It was in 1960, as a young Queenslander
with a passion for water skiing and boat
racing, that John (Hainesy to his mates)
built his first fibreglass speedboat.
Following this, John Haines created the
designs of a whole range of boats that have
taken literally millions of Australians to sea
and back safely. For more than 50 years, his
boats have provided the benchmarks for
the Australian Boating Industry safety and
John Haines AM, together with his sons
Greg and John (Jnr), headed the highly
awarded Haines Group, Australia's largest
builder of fibreglass trailer boats among other
activities. Readers of Ausmarine and
members of Australia and New Zealand's
commercial and professional maritime
industries know the Group most
prominently, perhaps, in its important role
as the distributor of Suzuki outboard engines
throughout Australia and New Zealand
In 2003 John was awarded the honour
of Member of the Order of Australia and
became "John Sydney Haines AM" in
recognition of his contributions to
Australian maritime activity. As a fiercely
proud Australian, this ranked as one of the
most satisfying moments of John's life.
Between 1960 and the present day tens
of thousands of new boats have emerged
from the Haines Group factory. Even when
the success of Haines Hunter attracted
admiration from overseas interests in the
1970s, which eventually saw John and
brother Garry forced out of their own
company in 1980, it could not dampen
John's spirit. In 1984, and against the odds,
John started again -- ironically, in
opposition to the company Haines Hunter.
By 1988 he was again building the
top-selling trailerboat brand in Australia
-- Haines Signature. John was particularly
happy at that time to have also bought
back the Haines Hunter factory after
Hunter went into administration. John
created the new home for Signature on
the same site where The Haines Group
(Signature, Traveller, Seafarer, Suzuki,
Nautique and Walker Bay) still resides.
John stepped back from day to day
running of The Haines Group three years
ago and the company has continued to
flourish under the professional guidance of
his sons John and Greg.
Under the leadership of John Haines,
The Haines Group grew from a backyard
business to a marine giant. John Haines'
career in boat building was distinguished
by five decades of hard work, but through
it all, he remained a passionate advocate
for Australian boat building and
manufacturing. He also displayed great
leadership qualities, his grit and
determination inspiring colleagues,
customers and friends.
September 2009 AUSMARINE
John Sydney Haines AM
January 26, 1937 to August 22, 2009
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