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The State Government is poised to make wearing lifejackets compulsory for fishing off the rocks at places like Ben Buckler and North Bondi.

According to The Australian, a “taskforce” has been set up to determine “high-risk” rock-fishing locations around Sydney and coastal NSW.

When such places have been “declared dangerous”, those fishing there will by law have to wear lifejackets and “appropriate” footwear.

Emergency Services Minister David Elliott said too many local rock-fishermen were losing their lives or being severely injured. “Of the 37 rock-fishermen who have died in the past four years, only one was wearing a life-jacket,” he said.

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