Fishing limits ?bagged
By ADRIAN MILLER
PROPOSED changes to fishing rules and regulations go too far and will not achieve their goals, according to Northern Rivers Fisheries Conference chairman Ken Thurlow.
The proposed changes, which have been put out for public comment by the NSW Government, call for a decrease in bag limits and an increase on legal lengths for most species.
A fish database would also be established, which would affect fishing competitions.
Mr Thurlow believes changes are not needed.
"We're saying these proposals are unnecessary, unjustified and unscientific," he said.
"There is no recreational targeted species in NSW that is overfished."
Mr Thurlow said the changes had been brought about because of a supposed black market throughout the State but he doubted they would work.
"Fisheries are suggesting because there is a small black market in the State, 99.9 per cent of us should be faced with harsher penalties," he said.
"If they can't eradicate or reduce the black market with the enforcement officers they've got now, how are they going to do it with more stringent rules and regulations?"
Yamba Bait and Tackle's Dave Gaden said the changes would not impact on most anglers but those affected would find them quite a hindrance.
Bait and tackle shop owners could also find themselves in trouble because smaller bag limits meant less business for the shops.