The Australian National Sportfishing Association in partnership with the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation and the Department of Fisheries and Forestry has commenced the trial of “Angel Rings” around Australia. Angel Rings are lifesaving buoys placed at popular rockfishing spots to aid rockfishers, tourists and members of the public who slip or get washed in to the water.

Angel Rings are designed to keep them afloat until a rescue can be organised or designed to be used as a buoyancy aid to assist them to get to a safer spot to exit the water.

The Federal Governments Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee (RFAC) has released a “Recreational Fishing in Australia – 2011 an d Beyond: a National Industry Development Strategy” (the strategy) paper to look at recreational fishing around Australia and to look at best practices in recreational fishing, including safety. The Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee (RFAC) identified the national roll‐out of the Angel Rings program as a key project of the Strategy.

National Angel Ring Project Strategy

National Conference Presentation