Wake Up Brisbane
- Im about to give recreational anglers and the law making authorities a blast
with regard to the practice and regulations on catching mangrove jacks. Before I spit the
dummy, lets look at the big picture.
- Our premier freshwater sportfish is the
Australian bass and there is no doubt that fishing clubs and stocking groups are
enthusiastically promoting catch and release of this species. The recreational fishing
authorities have, as a result, imposed a bag limit of two bass per person. Two bass per
person removes the species from the food list and solidly implants it as a
sportfish. Without the effort of these groups of anglers, particularly considering the
increased angling pressure combined with their inability to breed in impoundments,
bass numbers would decline dramatically. A big pat on the back is due to those responsible
for bass stocking as well as to the authorities for the introduction of the bag limit.
- Now lets relate that philosophy to our premier estuary sportfish the mangrove jack.
- No bag limit, no stocking facilities.
- I was disappointed to see one angler with five dead mangrove jacks on a recent TV
- Wake up Brisbane, if we dont take urgent action there will be none
left to catch.
- The national growth of sportfishing which prizes species such as jacks, combined
with almost no restrictive regulations, will bring about the demise of mangrove jacks in
our estuaries unless urgent action is taken.
- Ok, I accept that a bag limit of two jacks in north Queensland would be equivalent
to a bag limit of two bream to us. But the fact remains that unless immediate action is
taken to restrict the number of Jacks caught and kept by unthinking southern Queensland
anglers, the numbers will dramatically decline.
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