No fish is worth dying for

ALL known rock fishing blackspots in NSW should be fitted with angel rings and warning signs highlighting the dangers to fishermen.

That’s the finding of an inquest into the deaths of 13 anglers, who have died while fishing rock platforms and headlands.

The State Government says more than 100 rings are now installed at known danger spots, including the sometimes treacherous rock platform off Coffs Harbour’s Corrambirra Point.

Minister for Primary Industies Steve Whan has welcomed the finding of the inquest, undertaken by Deputy State Coroner Elaine Trustcott.

"Rock fishers make up a small, but passionate sector of the fishing community and while it is an enjoyable pasttime for many, unfortunately it is a sport that poses many dangers as we’ve seen over the last year," Mr Whan said.

Earlier this year the government invested $90,000 into an expansion of current rock fishing safety programs.

"The distribution of educational material and the coordination of educational and multilingual workshops for rock fishers will also continue across the state.

"I urge rock fishers to follow the safety advice, that is, always rock fish wearing a lifejacket, check the tidal conditions prior to going out, fish with other people and go where there are angel rings supplied at popular sites along the shoreline," he said.

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