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There are only 45 of us fish pigs in the whole bloomin' state. We work bloody hard to ensure all fishing activities are legal. If anyone sees anything they believe is wrong they please call Fishwatch on 1800 065522. Ok we may not be able to respond to that particular call but all calls are used to target regular offences, areas, species etc.
Ok, got that off my chest! In my experience a lot of Aussie fishermen absolutely hate carp and do leave them flapping about on the bank. Not good and you will never see a pom do it. We do try and educate but some people are just too bloody ignorant. They are the very small minority though. And I'd be very surprised to see a fish still alive two hours after being removed from the water. Even a carp, especially when it was as warm as it has been lately.
Most of the people I see taking small fish/crabs appear to be Asians or from India. I'm not out every day so I don't know if this is just a coincidence, but it has certainly been my experience.
I'm usually down at the Pat in Glenelg several times per week and most of the fish appear to be small bream - much smaller than the 28cm limit imposed. There isn't any shortage of them, so I guess people don't feel guilty about taking them. There also isn't any signage on the Pat explaining the various species and their size/bag limits. I would put one up near the jungle-gyms/barbie area next to the Buffalo ship, if were a fish pig.
Cheers Squareman, I'm not city based so it's not my patch but I'll certainly mention it to the guys up there. Incidentally, and this is NOT being racist in any way, but whenever we see Asians fishing alarm bells start to ring. It's because they have no size limits where they come from and we have to 'educate' them probably more than any other ethnic group. Having said that we do find plenty of people of European descent up to no good too!
I would agree with that Damian. There are also a lot of Indian and Chinese dishes which consist of several small fish, as opposed to the more Western approach of eating large fillets of large-ish whole fish (if you know what I mean) There is definitely a disregard for the rules though. I saw a man take two small mud crabs out of his pot from the Glenelg jetty and seeing they were small, I offered him my gauge to see if they were legal size, but he smiled, shrugged his shoulders and put them in his bucket to keep as if to say 'I don't give a s..t, mate'. He was Japanese as I heard him and his wife/partner talking, for that's worth.
Oh Adelaide Now, don't start on me or you'll end up as crayfish bait
I'm not getting into any racism row. And yes, we speak to people before assessing each situation. In my experience the vast majority are pleased to see us on patrol and I don't give a rat's arse whether they are Poms, Aussies, black, white, yellow, even from Yorkshire, they are all the same to me and get treated that way.
I mean, bloody hell, I'm from Essex
simple, you answered the question, you speak to people.
That's it - over and out!
Matt - I think you'll find talking to people (and listening to them reply!) helps make the decision, and thank goodness we don't yet have the ridiculous political correctness here that says people have to pretend everyone looks and sounds the same!
I know a lot of people who are of Asian heritage, and they are not ashamed of the fact, nor should they be. I think you'll find the post above is a simple observation, not accusatory or racist in any way, and yes, different cultures have different attitudes to some things - nothing wrong with that per se, but we all have to try and fit in with the country you're living in - after all I think dogs are still on the menu in some countries, but I doubt you'd see many for sale for eating purposes in Central Market!
So if catching small fish is legal in the country someone comes from, and not legal here, then what it needs is someone to politely point out the fact to the people catching the small fish, so that they know in future.
Does that make sense? I have such a rotten cold today and don't think all my synapses are connecting....
Sometimes the grass will appear greener on the other side because it has been fertilised by bull****
Chinese or Indian for lunch:D
wheres matts post gone??He was off for lunch