Tasmanian fishermen disagree on lowering King George whiting limit | Avocado



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Recreational fishermen are said to have a rough deal on catch limits for King George whiting, but a commercial fisherman has been pushing for their catches to be further reduced. Devon Hills recreational fisherman Todd Lambert said anglers were invited to contribute to a draft recreational fishing strategy in the Tasman Sea, but there was a lack of monitoring of emerging King George whiting fisheries on the north-west, east and north coasts. “In recent times, recreational fishermen have been asked to support a reduced catch limit from 30 to five in order to keep this fishery sustainable, but, conversely, the commercial sector’s catch on this same species is unlimited,” Lambert said. “So the question must be asked, what is the reason behind this? He said most fishermen supported the sustainability of the resource, but wondered what logic was being applied. “I recently wrote to IMAS (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies) asking them for more information on the management of this fishery and I was told that there will be a document coming out in the next few months. coming which is currently being finalized, but given the one month deadline for the fishing rec document, it will clearly not be included in this fishing plan, ”said Lambert. ask why, especially when this species could be easily promoted as a predominantly recreational fishery. “I would urge the recreational fishermen and, in particular, the Minister (Primary Industries), Mr. Guy Barnett, who is responsible for overseeing all of this, to ask these questions before signing, especially with regard to how whose commercial catches of this species are reported and monitored. “Northwest commercial fisherman Craig Garland had a different opinion. He said Lambert was right” by a degree. ” Mr Garland said he had personally advocated for a recreational fishing limit of three King George whiting due to concerns about the number of fish and letting the species recover. Mr Garland said he believed commercial fishermen in the state were taking 1-2 tonnes of King George. Whiting per year, and he figured out that recreational fishermen were taking 7-8 tonnes, “so we’re overexploited.” Mr Garland said a build-up in numbers of genetically distinct King George Northwest whiting had developed since the Burnie pulp mill was closed and the pollution that was killing the larvae has cleared. He said they were now settling in Port Sorell and around the Tamar and that he found adult fish along the coast in places he had never seen them before. “The pollution is gone and we have a glimpse of what existed before (paint pigment factory) Tioxide and APPM (pulp mill),” he said. He said King George whiting was the most sought after, most valuable and arguably the tastiest inshore fish in South East Australia and that proactive management was crucial for its survival. Comments were requested from the government. Why not get a subscription to The Advocate? Register here.




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