Some of you may know that there are plans afoot to impose some very large "No fishing " zones.
Nothing is definite yet but the public do need to voice their opinions before it's too late.
ALL of the Aldinga area could be closed off!!!
I'm actively opposing them as they stand.
The commercial fishers here takes tons of fish daily whereas the recreational fishers take a very small proportion of the total catch.
Financially though the recreational fishers probably put a lot more into the economy.From buying bait/fuel/tackle locally to usage of the ramps(fees are charged). Then there is the boat and trailer registration.An average long range recreational fisherman will spend around $200 for bait and fuel for a trip.
It may be wise to allow recreational fishing but certainly tighten up on or not allow commercial concerns a large TAC (Total Allowable Catch)
I've written to local ministers/MP's with little response back.
The feeling is that people interested in recreational fishing have no organised voice and are fragmented - so can not easily oppose their wishes for the zones.
This has to stop and a voice be heard.
Please annoy your local MP /Minister if you feel strongly about this. It's not a case of "It won't happen to me" - IT WIlL IF YA DON"T SPEAK OUT.
A little like the UK where people don't bother to vote then moan about the government!
If anyone is interested in getting a petition going let me know by pm and an email,I'll send you some stuff.
Here is an article on Adelaidenow....
'No-fish' zones to sink house prices | Adelaide Now
Also you can copy and email the following as the commercials are devastating fish stocks here.
Something is being done about the Pros' killing snapper stocks in the top half of the Gulf.. please copy and paste with your name and address at the bottom of the email
It would help greatly if everyone copied and sends this email to the minister
Each and every email would count as a submission
One email with multiple signatures still only counts as one submission
copy this and email to the minister ( Hon Michael Francis O'BRIEN) at email@example.com
Put your name an address on the bottom
Dear Minister of Fisheries
Please introduce a Total Allowable Catch (TAC) on snapper (Pagrus auratus) for the commercial sector fishing in South Australian gulf waters.
This request is in response to recent large commercial catches of prime breeding stock of snapper (Pagrus auratus) taken from Gulf St. Vincent and the Spencer Gulf just prior to the annual November snapper closure – it is expected to continue beyond the closure.
In addition to the loss of breeding stock, catches were so large that commercial returns were driven from $12/kg to less than $3/kg. It is understood that this resulted in some catches being hard to sell at fish markets.
At present the commercial take for snapper (Pargrus auratus) is approximately 80% compared to the recreational sector of 20%, with little to no regulation on the commercial sector for the preservation and sustainability of Gulf water stocks.
Excessive fishing and low prices indicate the need for a proper economic and sustainable actions assessment of the whole snapper industry.
I call on PIRSA to introduce a TAC to:
allow the commercial returns to stay at a reasonable level during the fishing season
regulate the catch mitigating the ease of catching large numbers made possible through improved fishing methods and advance technology
progress towards the protection of sustainable levels of biomass of snapper (Pargrus auratus) in South Australian gulf waters, which are unique in a global context
and restore a balance between commercial and recreational sectors.
Thanks for reading this, only WE can stop this.