Group protests against proposed bag and size limits

AROUND 400 people attended a meeting in Coffs Harbour last week to protest against new bag and size limits proposed under a review currently underway by the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Fisho understands the leader of the NSW Shooters & Fishers Party, Robert Brown, and representatives of the NSW DPI also attended the meeting and addressed the crowd.

According to a report from Chris Wallis of the NSW Ecofishers, the attendance at the meeting was “a solid indication of the depth of feeling against this [discussion] paper.”

“The overwhelming mood of the meeting was that this document is a disgrace, should be shredded and thrown in the bin,” Wallis said.

The lack of demonstrated scientific evidence for reducing of bag and size limits for many popular species has upset many NSW rec fishers. According to Wallis, fishos “will be happy to accept reductions in bag limits if there is evidence or research showing the necessity for those changes.”

“There is not one shred of evidence in this regard in these proposals,” he says.

The NSW DPI’s proposed possession limit too has raised much concern. 

Extract from DPI factsheet:

Possession limit
A possession limit is the maximum number of fish that a person is allowed to have in their possession at any time. Possession limits provide a useful tool to discourage illegal sales of fish by constraining recreational fishers from accumulation commercial quantities of fish. For all saltwater species, the daily bag limit is the possession limit and it applies to all areas of the state.

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