Futurefish News
  |  First Published: November 2009

RIP – Eric Atkinson

For those readers who have attended one of Futurefish Foundation’s Mates Day or listened to Rex Hunt’s fishing show on a Friday night, you would know Eric Atkinson.

Sadly, Eric passed away late in November. Eric was the ambassador for Mates Day and had attended every event since its inception ten years ago.

Eric was the reason the Futurefish Foundation has introduced more 1200 people with disabilities to fishing. Mates Day will never be the same, however Eric’s passing will inspire all of us at Futurefish Foundation to continue Mates Day well in to the future.

Eric was well enough to attend Mates day his year and had a great day out on Greg Beatty’s boat, a long term Mates Day volunteer from East Malvern. Greg did the Foundation proud, taking Eric fishing for the morning and returning him to shore with a great big smile, and one more memory of a great days fishing.

Our thoughts are with Eric’s family at this sad time.

Barramundi in Hazelwood progress

As part of the Barramundi in Hazelwood project, I had a dive recently in Hazelwood Pondage to help collect information on habitat and food sources for the barramundi. In beautiful 29C water we found tilapia were abundant around the island area and we found plenty of suitable structure for barramundi habitat.

The scientific risk assessment has now been submitted to Fisheries Victoria for approval to stock barramundi. The approval process may take a few months, and if approved will give us the go ahead to start working on management arrangements for the fishery. We will also be able to place an order for the fish, which may take up to a year to grow to suitable size for stocking.


During December, Futurefish Foundation will be writing a report for Government on where future artificial reefs could be placed in Victorian waters. We collected many ideas from recreational fishers at this year’s Melbourne Fishing Show. These areas will now be surveyed and documented in the report.

If you have any ideas on where you would like a reef, please contact the Futurefish Foundation via email.

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