Did you know that those bright orange life buoys located at popular fishing sites along the NSW coastline, known as Angel Rings, have saved several hundred lives according to official and unofficial recorded reports.
Such a simple piece of equipment has done so much good for the recreational fishing community and it is hoped to have many more installed for the entire community to feel a little safer when by the water.
Whether you are a seasoned rock fisher or a novice hitting the stones for the first time, having an Angel Ring close by could save your life one day.
In 1993 the life of a rock fishing angler was saved at Moe's Rock, south of Jervis Bay (NSW) by a life ring installed by a bereaved father who had lost a son who was rock fishing at Moe's Rock at an earlier date.
In 1993 the Department of Sport Recreation and Racing formed a group to focus on Rock Fishing Safety.
A year later, ANSA NSW incorporating Sportfishing NSW, was commissioned to manage a project that would see the installation of "Guardian Angel Rings" in known rock fishing spots and thus the creation of the Angel Ring Project which has been actively running since then.
ANSA NSW has been managing the project and has installed over 100 Angel Rings in known rock fishing spots and is participating in community education programs.
Rock fishing anglers, boa-based crews trolling along the rock ledges and even bushwalkers who venture around the coastline are encouraged to observe and report any missing angel rings, to ensure quick replacement.
For more information go to www.ansansw.com.au.