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Trainee marine pilots standard supported by industry; NMSC Perth conference approaches
Heavy fines for illegal netting at Victoria's Carrum Beach
The National Marine Safety Committee
(NMSC) says it continues to be
impressed with the overall positive
response from industry and professional
groups during the latest stage of
consultation leading to a standard for
competencies for trainee marine pilots.
Representatives from state and territory
authorities, Australian Maritime Safety
Authority (AMSA), Australian Maritime
Officers Union (AMOU), Australian
Marine Pilots Institute (AMPI), port
authorities, Shipping Australia and the
Australian Maritime College (AMC) were
among those on the reference group who
met last month in Sydney as the standard
now enters its final phase of drafting.
NMSC's CEO Margie O'Tarpey
considers the process of lengthy public
comment and rolling two-day industry
reference groups a successful model
for future competency standard
"A consultative process with the
continued input of marine industry
experts has been the modus operandi of
NMSC for many years and has served us
well, particularly when a standard is
designed to help address a skill shortage,
such as marine pilotage.
"This standard recognises the
important work of marine pilots and
seeks to complement this professional
group by encouraging ab initio graduates
and recruits to see pilotage as a future
career," she said.
Meanwhile, NMSC is now working
on new national guidelines for
competencies for marine surveyors in a
joint project with Australian Maritime
Safety Authority (AMSA).
Importantly, the NMSC will stage the
National Marine Safety Conference from
August 22-24, 2010, in Perth, Western
Australia [conference program details
are provided in the Gear section of
Two men and two women have been fined over $19,000 in
the Frankston Magistrates' Court for possessing illegal
(commercial) fishing equipment and fish taken in
contravention of the Fisheries Act.
Hien Nguyen, 46, Van Linh Phan, 52, Cau Thi Huynh, 49, and
Thi Hoa Dang, 41, were intercepted by Fisheries Officers and
Police on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway in June last year.
Mr Nguyen, the last of the four to go before Magistrate
Rodney Crisp, pleaded guilty on March 1.
The other three faced court in December and were convicted
and fined $3,000 each and ordered to pay compensation of
$1,260 each for the value of the fish.
The court heard the four used two monofilament mesh nets
with a total length of 200 metres at Carrum beach to catch 62
Australian salmon, one silver trevally and a number of sand crabs.
With two prior fishing convictions, Mr Nguyen was fined
$5,000 and ordered to pay compensation of $1,260 for the value
of the fish with costs of $300. He was also prohibited from
fishing for five years.
Magistrate Crisp told Mr Nguyen this kind of behaviour was
anti social and there was a need to protect legitimate
He said there had been an increase in these types of offences,
which were difficult to detect particularly at night, and offenders
were going to greater lengths to avoid detection.
Department of Primary Industries Senior Fisheries Officer Rod
Barber said this result should be a strong a deterrent to other,
would-be illegal netters.
"Monofilament nets such as these are extremely efficient and
indiscriminate in the capture of fish which is why they are
prohibited for use or possession in Victoria," Mr Barber said.
The marine pilot's reference group
A fisheries officer with the confiscated, illegal monofilament commercial
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