Sad for speared dhu

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters -

Your front-page photo last week shows a fish­er­man hold­ing — with an ex­pres­sion that can only be de­scribed as over­whelm­ing joy — a big, dead fish.

But if you look a lit­tle deeper, our en­thu­si­ast isn’t just hold­ing a dead fish.

He’s hold­ing a mag­nif­i­cent 1.5-2m, 23.5kg dhu­fish.

Glau­co­soma he­braicum is found nowhere else in the world, with pop­u­la­tions be­tween Shark Bay and Esper­ance and their great­est den­si­ties be­tween Kal­barri and Au­gusta.

This par­tic­u­lar fish, a male judg­ing by the ex­ten­sion of the lead­ing dor­sal spine, could well be 30-40 years old. The old­est dhu­fish on record was 41.

Ob­vi­ously, this longevity con­fers quite out­stand­ing qual­i­ties on this par­tic­u­lar in­di­vid­ual. To have sur­vived so long in such a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment, made no less hos­tile by our lo­cal fish­ing en­thu­si­ast, this dhu­fish must have a genome which would have been indis­pens­able to fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of dhu­fish.

It would also ap­pear that the older the dhu­fish, the greater their re­pro­duc­tive po­ten­tial, and big­ger in­di­vid­u­als achieve much greater re­pro­duc­tive suc­cess, which for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions of fish­ing en­thu­si­asts, and the planet of course, places some re­spon­si­bil­ity and re­straint on the fish­er­man and his en­thu­si­asm. The sight of the

Times ac­knowl­edg­ing, for all to wit­ness, that this “achieve­ment” is more im­por­tant than the fu­ture of the dhu­fish fish­ing in­dus­try, and in­deed, the fu­ture of the dhu­fish it­self, should go down like a lead sinker.

Know­ing that this mag­nif­i­cent dhu­fish is to be sent to an East­ern States taxi­der­mist to be stuffed be­cause it’s too big and old to be eaten sug­gests it was caught for fun. How very sad.

Dave See­gar, Mar­garet River

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.