They’ve buzzed off
NOT that anyone’s disappointed, but where have the mozzies gone? Well, thank goodness, a lot of them. Two or three weeks ago a stroll anywhere outdoors was almost an ordeal because of the abundance of the blood sucking insects who thrived in the wet spring and got to plague proportions.
But over the past week or so a lot of people have commented they seemed to have decreased dramatically in numbers although far from completely disappearing. Tocumwal Bridge from September 1 to November 30 was banned. Initially the ban was introduced to assist with a revival of dwindling native fish species, particularly trout cod. But trout cod are now prolific in this area and according to Jim Muirhead, South West Anglers Association’s junior vice president, it’s time to reassess the long time bans which he said affects local tourism and businesses. Fisheries NSW executive director Dr Geoff Allan has indicated he would be prepared to come to the area and discuss the proposal but it’s not likely to happen for a year or two. And anglers are geared up for the opening of the new Murray Cod season which opens at midnight tonight after a three month closure for the breeding season. Cod can only be kept between 55cm and 75cm and only two keepers are allowed per day with four in possession in inland waters. People are urged to ‘dob in’ anyone suspected of illegal fishing by calling Fishes Watch on 1800 043 536.