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Seen through glass with art Boats seized, charges COLOURFUL glasswear created by Leisa Wharington will be on display and for sale at this year’s Mornington Art Show. Wharington worked from her studio in Merricks North for more than 30 years, that evolved into an open, creative space for jewellers and painters. An annual market was held on the rural property. Glass blower Wharington and painter Julie Niekamp have now transported that same idea over to the new Studio & Co in Marine Parade, Hastings. Although Wharington’s environment has changed, she says her work and creativity has not. The “countless colours, shapes, and ideas” in her natural surroundings feed her with inspiration every day. Wharington designs her glass to be adaptable for both modern and traditional settings, without compromising the artwork for mass production or outsourcing. “Seeing something transform from grains of sand to a physical thing, just by adding heat — it’s not like anything else,” she says. Opening night for the Mornington Art Show is Thursday 17 January and the exhibition runs 18-26 January at the Mornington Community Theatre, corner Wilsons Road and Nepean Highway, Mornington. Tickets for the opening night are $25 and can be bought online at the Mornington Art Show website, at Farrell's Book Shop, Main Street, Mornington or at the door.

to follow squid hauls

Invited guest : Glass blower Leisa Wharington is one of the artists invited to exhibit their works at this year’s Mornington Art Show. Picture: Supplied

FOUR men have had their boats seized and are facing various charges for allegedly overfishing squid at the southern end of Port Phillip Bay. Fisheries officers as part of Operation Jazz will allege that the men used a boat on two separate days to take more than the individual daily bag limit of 10 squid. They say the men made several boat trips in one day, taking squid on each trip, which is referred to as multi-tripping. Operation Jazz ran from October to December during the peak squid spawning season when large aggregations gather around the southern end of the bay. “One of the men was observed making three separate boat trips on a single day,” Victorian Fisheries Authority CEO Travis Dowling said. “That vessel was later allegedly found to contain 22 squid concealed within the vessel.” The charges include exceeding the catch limit, hindering Fisheries Officers, providing false and misleading information and matters relating to marine safety. They face maximum penalties of up to $27,000 and 12 months imprisonment. “In another instance, a man had his boat seized for allegedly multi-tripping,” Mr Dowling said. “Having launched at Sorrento, he drove the boat to Queenscliff where he was observed by officers taking squid. He was subsequently seen taking more squid and was inspected later in the day having taken more than twice his daily bag limit.” It is not only invertebrates that are being targeted. Daytrippers have been flocking to Venus Bay to harvest pipis, and some of the locals are not amused. Mr Dowling said officers had checked 210 recreational anglers during Operation Jazz with “most found to be doing the right thing”. “Port Phillip Bay is in great shape and Target

One Million is committed to getting one million Victorians fishing by 2020,” he said. “Fishing for squid, schnapper and King George whiting is stronger than ever and we want to keep it that way, which needs everyone to fish responsibly and abide by bag and size limits.” Mr Dowling said one angler received three infringement notices for various offences during Operation Jazz totalling $1100. If you see or suspect illegal fishing call Fisheries on 133 474 anytime. “Some of our best intelligence about illegal fishing activity comes from keen recreational anglers, so make the call and make the difference,” Mr Dowling said. Stephen Taylor

Bagged out: An oversize haul of squid seized by Fisheries officers. Pictures: Supplied

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