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Illegal fishing in the ACT!

By johnboy 7 September 2009 29

The ABC reports that we have an illegal fishing problem in the ACT, and that rangers are heading out to try and do something about it.

Apparently the problem is people leaving set lines out, which is illegal here (this was news to me) and also the use of yabby traps.

    “The penalties are quite significant under the fishing act, and they can be anything up to $5,000, so we do take such matters very seriously,” he said.

    “It’s all designed to maintain recreational fishing as a past time for all Canberrans to enjoy.”

So now we know.

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p1 2:44 pm 26 Dec 11

rbw said :

KB1971 said :

Set lines are cruel, the fish die a slow death. People sometimes leave them out for days at a time.

sorry to wear my veg-o cap, but any type of fishing is cruel. imagine the pain of being hooked through the mouth and then dragged against the weight of your body weight for someone to stick a knife in your throat while suffocating to death and in total fear.

If someone did that to a human being they would be called a pyschopath – but for humans its nothing more than a recreational sport.

Saying that a set line is somehow less humane than the above supposedly “humane” fast and acceptable death shows how ridiculous our species really is.

*end rant*

I’m far from a vego, but I totally agree. Shooting ‘Roos gets condemned, even if it is a bullet straight to the head, then little kids get taught how to drag poor fish by the lips out of the water.

THEN, when the single redeaming feature of inland fishing is that feral species are being remover from lakes and rivers, that redeaming feature is total negated by deliberately releasing more “non-local” (feral) fish so that “anglers” (fish murdering phycopaths) can continue to partake in their sport. Imagine if fox hunters were releasing foxes to keep stocks up?

wildturkeycanoe 6:57 am 26 Dec 11

Where were all you concerned platypus lovers when they tore all the nesting grounds apart at the upper reaches of LBG? I refer to the “cleansing” of the area by ridding the banks of the trees, which provided some cover/shelter from mankind and predators.
As for the fishing, there are no fish in the A.C.T., none that I’ve been able to catch on worms, corn, yabbies or powerbait. Maybe they’ve evolved into a KFC eating mutant species…
Please take me to Lake Eucumbene!

p1 11:58 pm 25 Dec 11

Fishing is only fun when it involves dynamite.

Mumbucks 11:55 pm 25 Dec 11

What about those fishermen who go fishing in blatant blue green algae areas? Next time we’ll take your library card!

rbw 11:43 pm 25 Dec 11

KB1971 said :

Set lines are cruel, the fish die a slow death. People sometimes leave them out for days at a time.

sorry to wear my veg-o cap, but any type of fishing is cruel. imagine the pain of being hooked through the mouth and then dragged against the weight of your body weight for someone to stick a knife in your throat while suffocating to death and in total fear.

If someone did that to a human being they would be called a pyschopath – but for humans its nothing more than a recreational sport.

Saying that a set line is somehow less humane than the above supposedly “humane” fast and acceptable death shows how ridiculous our species really is.

*end rant*

phantomfisher 8:53 pm 25 Dec 11

i have noticed that people are still ignoring the rules and despite numerous reports nothing serious has been done

phantomfisher 8:49 pm 25 Dec 11

well i didnt see any differance since this report was filed, im still destroying set lines each time i come across them, people are still sitting down on the rivers/lakes with a shedload of rods, as usual they havent done much about this problem

fgzk 11:24 am 16 Nov 09

Yabby nets are fine in farm dams but totally illegal in our rivers. If you look closely you will find platypus in most of our rivers. They don’t mix. Traps and platypus no-no.. Is that hard to see. Good time of year for trapping in dams. Get in quick before the birds get them all.

fgzk 10:36 am 16 Nov 09

I agree about the bins. The ones that are there are now all overflowing after the weekend. There is rubbish in most of the car parks on the ground. In one car park builders rubbish has been left for months. Its been used to make a fire place in the car park. Someone has dumped a mattress in the water. Its been there for a month. So much for keeping clean.

The last fisherman I talked to told me that there are less carp in the lake. He seemed to think its because of Asian fisherman valuing them as a good feed. If you don’t wont to go to the trouble of flushing them you could always bury them in the veggie patch a couple of feet down.

The other thing I have often wondered is why there is not a commercial fisherman on the lake. If its as full of carp as some may think then it should be a great resource for fish protein. Fish food is in great demand from fish farmers. It would help reduce wild catch fish food from our oceans. Maybe there is a problem with pollution for this idea.

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