Fishers baffled by upcoming meeting

A CONSULTATION meeting with Fisheries Queensland officials next month to discuss management of snapper stocks has drawn criticism from Bundaberg fishers.

A six-week ban on snapper, pearl perch and teraglin came into effect at midnight on Monday night, but Bundaberg Sportsfishing Club president Robert Sewell said they saw little point to the meeting.

“It’s been put out that it’s a consultation meeting, but they’ve already enforced the closure,” he said.

“Our members are not happy.”

Mr Sewell said if there had to be a ban on snapper this was the best time to do it because the fish were not running in the Bundaberg region for the next six weeks.

He also said recreational fishers were puzzled as to why pearl perch and teraglin were included in the ban.

“Everybody’s talking about snapper but they haven’t said why the others were included,” he said.

“It’s got me and the club baffled as to why they’re doing it.”

Mr Sewell said most of the data on snapper stocks that was being used to justify the ban came from New Zealand, with very little local research done.

“They’re only putting on the ban in Queensland,” he said.

“There’s no ban in Victoria or WA.”



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