Legal Changes to Recreational Fishing in South Australia

The proposed adjustments to bag and size limits for recreational fishers in South Australia is in response to reduced fishing stocks in the state. Fisheries Minister Leon Bignell confirmed that the review was all about making sure of sustainable fish stocks into the future. He was confident that the majority of South Australians would be supportive of the adjustments. Which were to reduce bag limits for garfish and blue swimmer crabs by fifty percent, and reducing the bag limit for the iconic tommy ruff by a third. In addition, King George whiting would be reduced and size limits will also be adjusted; seasonal closures may also be brought in.

Legal Changes to Recreational Fishing in South Australia

The South Australian peak body representing recreational anglers voiced concerns that some of their members would be adversely affected by the proposals. RecFish SA spokesperson, David Ciaravolo stressed that it was important that everybody got to have a say on the issue. He understood the importance of sustainability but if stake holders considered certain aspects of the proposal to be unfair, they needed to be able to be heard.

Fishing charter businesses could be hurt by these proposals, because they will have to curtail the fishing activities of their customers once these bag limits have been reached. Business people involved in recreational fishing will naturally be concerned about measures that affect the popularity of things like fishing trips. They have, however, had their chance to have their say during the public meetings that have been held in February and March in Port Lincoln, Ceduna, Whyalla, Wallaroo, Adelaide, Renmark, Millicent, Victor Harbor and Kangaroo Island.

Whether Adelaide lawyers will be called in is a moot point, but I would be surprised if anyone was really willing to take on the government in the courts. Commercial fishers have stated on record that these changes have been in the pipeline for a long time and that anything that was good for the sustainability of the fishing stocks was supported by them. Recreational anglers and the charter businesses that support them need to realise that there are bigger issues at stake than their profitability. With rising human populations around the globe, fishing stocks need to be managed well if they are not to be fished out. Fishing is no longer a free and universal pursuit for all human beings; fish stocks are a finite resource that need to be micro-managed and vigilantly protected.

 

These Amazing Coffee Tables Are Also Fish Tanks

Have you seen these amazing coffee tables that are also fish tanks? What do you think about all those incredible fish swimming around in their aquatic environment whilst you are sitting in front of the box or woofing down a packet of Twinkies or two? I kind of feel that they are pretty special pieces of furniture, but that you really need the right kind of room for something as out there as this. I am just not sure whether I want to share my slob out time with these wriggling fellas beneath me.

Are they going to be looking up at me when I am scoffing down a few golden fried fish fingers? Am I going to feel uncomfortable about their scrutiny? I like to relax when I am at home, especially after a hard day’s work. I eat a lot of takeaway at my coffee table in front of the TV. How is going to go down when I am enjoying a Thai prawn curry and I look down and see all these fish and their tails going wild? Are they going to want to share my spaghetti marinara? What do fish even eat anyway?

These Amazing Coffee Tables Are Also Fish Tanks

I can imagine that for really chilled out people these things could be right up their alley, you know, Zen dudes and women into yoga, but for me I am not so sure. I like to put my feet up on the coffee table and relax. What are the fish going to think about these enormous work boots coming down on them? The shadow they will cast could make them feel like it’s an apocalypse or something, frantic fish could be darting left and right in sheer panic and shitting themselves. Sending out SOS messages and silently screaming in terror, how will I feel being the innocent cause of all this fish stress and tension?

I have always had normal timber coffee tables. You know, wooden top with four wooden legs; something sturdy and solid. Nothing wriggling about, no fluid, except when I spill my glass of wine on it, and nothing much to look at, apart from a bit of wood grain. I like the peace that wood sends out, the simple message that this is a bit of dead tree and there are no surprises. I suppose timber is soulful in a way; here I am put your bloody great big feet on me, I can cope, no worries mate. Yeah, wood that’s for me!

Commercial Salmon Farmers in Norway Lock Out Diseases Without Antibiotics

Fisheries are now looking at ways to secure and lock out contaminates from commercial fish farms without using antibiotics to regulate the health of the fish.

Throughout the past century global fishery organisation have been developing strategies and solutions for how to feed the growing demands of the international community need for fresh healthy fish.

It no longer makes sense for commercial fisherman to go out to sea to catch wild salmon and tuna, due to the rapid decline in population of these fish in the wild. For the past twenty years fish farms have become more and more common place in the landscape of commercial fishing.

Many benefits come from fish farms. One major benefit is the ability of the fish company to predict & forecast a seasons harvesting of fish, which result in greater yield per season and greater profits.

This may seem a very straight forward transition from ocean fishing to moving into commercial farm. However they soon discovered that when growing large amounts of fish in close quarters disease begins to ravage within the confounds of the farm. The solutions up until recently was the active use of antibiotics to prevent sickness in the fish. However only recently we have woken up to the destructive effects of over usage of antibiotics and research groups such as the scientists in Norway have now commenced the development of other methods to treat fish from diseases.

The Norwegian scientists who have innovated these methods are being applauded by their contemporaries as being the – locksmith to the health of commercial fishing.