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Don’t kill platypuses, you jerks

By Barcham - 9 August 2013 34

Dead Platypus

After finding an illegal yabby trap containing three threatened and protected crayfish and one dead platypus near Kambah Pool, ACT Parks and Conservation today called for Canberran’s to keep an eye out for these illegal fishing practices.

If you see any illegal traps or anyone engaged in illegal fishing, Brett McNamara would like you to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

If you personally use platypus killing traps, RIotACT would like you to stop being a jerk.

“This sort of incident is incredibly disappointing given the platypus is such an iconic species and the Murray River Crayfish is threatened. While the conservation status of platypus is stable, this month the Upper Murrumbidgee Waterwatch is running a platypus count to ascertain a clearer picture of overall numbers in our local waterways.

“All enclosed nets and traps have been illegal in public waters in the ACT for over 10 years under theACT Fisheries Management Act 2000 and are also illegal in surrounding NSW. They can kill platypus, turtles and water rats by preventing them from escaping meaning they drown.

“Rangers will be stepping up patrols along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor looking for illegal fishing, which can also include the use of set lines, unattended rods, not keeping to size and bag limits and unauthorised vehicle access to areas. Last year we issued $1150 worth of on the spot fines to an illegal fisher who had 10 set lines at Kambah Pool reserve.”

Mr McNamara said that the Murrumbidgee River Corridor has many great fishing spots so it is very unfortunate when people choose to not obey the rules and harm our local wildlife.

“There are no excuses for poor fishing behaviour. A number of signs are in good view of the public at popular fishing spots along the Murrumbidgee. These signs display pictures and descriptions of the protected endangered fish so that anglers can readily identify their catch. They also provide information on regulations and restrictions.

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Don’t kill platypuses, you jerks
Mr Evil 5:32 pm 09 Aug 13

It’s a pity that the rangers couldn’t hide out waiting for the morons who did this to come back and check their trap, and then taser the hell out of the bastards!

curmudgery 5:25 pm 09 Aug 13

It should be ‘ii’ shouldn’t it – as in ‘platypii’? Anyone remember their Latin?

Diggety 4:42 pm 09 Aug 13

Has anyone ever tasted platypus?

HiddenDragon 4:04 pm 09 Aug 13

I hope the culprit is feeling equally nervous and bad about themselves.

BimboGeek 3:37 pm 09 Aug 13

Oh dear. I hope they didn’t realise that they might kill any platypi or that the crayfish were endangered. I remember when opera house nets became illegal in Victoria 20 odd years ago we continued using ours on the naughty around Barmah for a few years (we were kids and didn’t understand) but we never saw anything other than a handful of yabbies, a couple of shrimpies and the very occasional water rat. This is the first time I’m seeing how dangerous they can be.

Delish 3:33 pm 09 Aug 13

In Aboriginal Culture two things that you don’t kill – Platypus and Wombats. This makes me so sad, really sad. Platypus are the keepers of the water ways and there survival in this country is an extraordinary especially seeing they turned the river around the wrong way (snowy river system). It no longers feed into the waterways that had existed for thousands of breeding seasons.

kumadude 3:29 pm 09 Aug 13

Mr Evil said :

I’m not racist, but……..

Just wondering if it might be a good idea for the authorities to issue these notifications in several other languages as well as English, as there’s probably a 50/50 chance that someone from an NESB could be behind this….

Just sayin’…..

That kind of cultural based lack of knowledge tends to happen in the cities, this kind of activity is very much the precinct of the bogan class, bogan fathers passing it onto their further inbred children. I use a tiny yabby trap to catch mosquito fish to feed my murray cod, rarely I may even catch a yabby. If you look around in Canberra the bulk of the folk are of the Klan variety genetics, so I discount it being an action of other cultures.

chewy14 2:46 pm 09 Aug 13

Jeez that’s a nice size crayfish. Too bad they’re threatened.

Grimm 1:31 pm 09 Aug 13

There are really some people that need to be drowned…

It’s really not that hard to catch yabbies without an illegal trap, you tools.

Mr Evil 12:42 pm 09 Aug 13

I’m not racist, but……..

Just wondering if it might be a good idea for the authorities to issue these notifications in several other languages as well as English, as there’s probably a 50/50 chance that someone from an NESB could be behind this….

Just sayin’…..

Thumper 12:16 pm 09 Aug 13

Sad, very sad.

When will people learn.

Chop71 12:05 pm 09 Aug 13

Sad story indeed, but now that it is dead, you could cook it up and make a Platypi

beardedclam 11:13 am 09 Aug 13

Very dangerous animal. Watch for the spurs. But of course best bet is to leave them alone. This is terrible.

Milknife 11:04 am 09 Aug 13

Would like to read the headline, “Illegal trapper killed by platypus.”

bundah 10:25 am 09 Aug 13

If you personally use platypus killing traps, RIotACT would like you to stop being a jerk

Too right Barcho for platypuses/platypi are really lovely critters and anyone laying traps is a bastard!

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