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Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« on: October 02, 2013, 09:11:29 PM »
Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
01 Oct 2013 - NSW DPI

Some fishers in the New England region are still doing the wrong thing, despite a three month fishing closure that is in place to protect a popular and endangered species, the Eastern (Freshwater) cod, Department of Primary Industries Fisheries Compliance Director, Glenn Tritton, said today.
"Fisheries Officers stationed at Inverell have intercepted several fishers flaunting with the rules when it comes to fishing in the seasonal total fishing closure that applies to the Mann and Boyd Rivers in North East NSW," Mr Tritton said today.

"During the month of August, in separate incidents, three people were caught fishing on the Boyd River near Dalmorton.

"A man and a woman from Glen Innes and another man from Boambee, were each issued with $500 penalty notices for fishing in closed waters.

"In addition, the man and woman from Glen Innes were also each issued with $200 penalty notices for failing to pay the NSW recreational fishing fee.

"Two other men from Yamba in NSW and Palm Beach in Queensland were apprehended for being in possession of rigged fishing gear adjacent to the closed waters.

"Eastern (Freshwater) cod, similar to Murray cod and Trout cod, are extremely vulnerable during their breeding season, due to the high level of parental care that they invest into protecting their eggs and their offspring, and fishers are encouraged to do their bit to protect them during the closure period.

"As an endangered species, it is imperative that Eastern (Freshwater) cod be given every possible opportunity to breed successfully and uninterrupted to ensure the species’ survival."

Every year from August 1 to October 31, there is a total prohibition on all fishing using any fishing method in the waters of the Mann River and all of its tributaries (including the Boyd River) upstream of its junction with the Clarence River and the Nymboida River and all of its tributaries from its junction with the Mann River upstream to Platypus Flat.

The closure does not apply to notified trout waters which are regulated separately.

Once deposited in a ‘nest’, the Eastern (Freshwater) cod will guard its eggs against predators and they will attack anything that moves in close proximity to their nest and as a result they are very susceptible to any fishing activity which is why the total prohibition of fishing exists for the duration of their breeding season.

"Fisheries Officers will continue to enforce this and other fishing closures throughout the year, and anyone found in contravention of the rules will face heavy penalties," Mr Tritton said.

"In addition to the closed waters regulations, any fishers found to be targeting or in possession of Eastern (Freshwater) cod at any time or at any location, face penalty notices of $2,500 with maximum penalties of up to $220,000 and/or 2 years imprisonment or both upon prosecution.

"Fisheries NSW is calling on the public to help in the fight to stop illegal fishing in the State’s North East.

"Everyone is encouraged to report illegal or suspicious fishing activity to the Inverell Fisheries Office by contacting 0419 185 532 or by contacting the Fishers’ Watch Phone line on 1800 043 536 or reporting online."


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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 10:42:05 PM »
Meanwhile in QLD.............................................. ...............

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Re: Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2013, 07:11:19 AM »
Meanwhile in QLD.............................................. ...............
Banjos, banjos everywhere!

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2013, 07:51:37 AM »
Meanwhile in QLD.............................................. ...............
What would you propose for Queensland? 

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 09:11:43 AM »
What would you propose for Queensland?

A total ban on any fishing in the Mary at this time of year for a start.


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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2013, 09:40:16 AM »
A total ban on any fishing in the Mary at this time of year for a start.


That would upset a lot of people in the downstream stretches.

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013, 11:39:43 AM »
What would you propose for Queensland?

Total closure of the Mary catchment upstream of Six Mile Ck. junction and Tinana Ck. catchment upstream of Tallegalla Weir 1 August to 1 November with Baroon, Borumba and Macdonald exempt from the closure. And Bass and Golden Perch declared non indigenous natives downstream of the 3 impoundments and treated as such in them as they are.

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2013, 12:22:36 PM »
Wouldn't that close Lake Borumba?

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #8 on: October 03, 2013, 12:33:03 PM »
Good point Dale edited the post No Take in the 3 impoundments anyway for what that's worth.

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #9 on: October 03, 2013, 12:44:22 PM »
It would be a brave minister who tried to close off that much water for that amount of time, and stopped the people who paid for the fish in the lakes from taking the fish in the lakes.  Remember the official meaning of the word "take".  You can't buy fish with SIP funds and then tell the people they cannot target those fish.

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2013, 12:50:38 PM »
I can't find 6 mile creek, on Google Maps, is that near Tiaro as well?

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2013, 03:03:40 PM »
I can't find 6 mile creek, on Google Maps, is that near Tiaro as well?

6 mile creek joins the Mary just upstream of Gympie. Lake Macdonald is situated on 6 mile creek also.

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #12 on: October 03, 2013, 03:11:05 PM »
That would upset a lot of people in the downstream stretches.

Going to upset a lot more people ( not just anglers) if wild Mary River Cod populations diminish any further.

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #13 on: October 03, 2013, 03:26:45 PM »
It would be a brave minister who tried to close off that much water for that amount of time, and stopped the people who paid for the fish in the lakes from taking the fish in the lakes.  Remember the official meaning of the word "take".  You can't buy fish with SIP funds and then tell the people they cannot target those fish.

The river isn't stocked with fingerlings paid for under the SIP scheme. Yes it receives escapees after any spill which may of been acquired with SIP funds, but that doesn't give SIP holders any ownership of those escaping fish.

Bass in a SIP lake have a bag limit of 2. Mary River Cod in a SIP lake have a bag limit of 1, yet some in stocking groups get all anal about spending any SIP funds on Cod fingerlings. As long as that train of thought remains , what happens in the river has nothing to do with the SIP spend.

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Re: Fish responsibly to protect endangered species
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2013, 06:07:47 PM »
You misread what I posted Dave.  Steve asked for a No Take for Mary's in the lakes.  Fisheries definition of take is target.  It would be more than irresponsible of a stocking group to spend public money on a specie which is illegal to target. He's reworded the post now and deleted the no take statement.
 I don't think you we're present when the motion was passed at SWFSA, if you want it changed, attend a meeting and move for it to be overturned.  I don't think anyone in a stocking group gets anal about it.  I disagreed with spending RFIP funds on Mary's for the Lockyer for the exact reason I posted, they would be totally protected and the money was for  Recreational Fishing Improvement.  Stocking groups need to be responsible with funds from the general public, and not just try to look after themselves.

 

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