Future looking fishy for Mulloway stocks

KEN THURLOW fears his grandchildren will not be able to fish for mulloway if changes aren't made to bag and size limits for the fish.

The CEO of ECOfishers said the group was calling on the State Government to act quickly.

“The warning lights are flashing,” Mr Thurlow said. “ECOfishers calls upon the Minister for Primary Industries (Ian Macdonald) to take immediate and decisive steps to arrest this decline.”

Mr Thurlow said fisheries biologists had identified mulloway stocks as being 'growth overfished', which happens when stocks are harvested before reaching sexual maturity and the ability to spawn.

He said if nothing was done to address the issue, the next step would be 'recruitment overfished', which happens when the brood stocks get below 30 per cent and the fish stocks can not be sustained.

ECOfishers has sent a proposal to Mr Macdonald asking that a bag limit of two mulloway per person, per day, 70cm or longer, be enforced on recreational fishers. The group also wants commercial fishers to use catch exclusion devices.



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