Faulty fish­ing rulers is­sued

Pilbara News - - Pilbara News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Fish­ers across the Mid West and Gas­coyne have been urged to mea­sure the ex­act size of their ruler stick­ers af­ter it was re­vealed a num­ber of stick­ers dis­trib­uted by the Depart­ment of Fish­eries had in­cor­rect mea­sure­ments.

Re­ports from fish­ers in Shark Bay, Carnar­von and Don­gara re­vealed some stick­ers they had re­ceived from the depart­ment were faulty, with one fisher from Shark Bay stat­ing 12cm on a ruler he re­ceived was ac­tu­ally 11.5cm when com­pared with a tape mea­sure.

In one in­stance, 50cm on the ruler was ac­tu­ally un­der 49cm on a tape mea­sure.

The depart­ment apol­o­gised for the er­ror and said le­niency would be shown to­wards fish­ers who catch slightly un­der­sized fish us­ing faulty fish rulers.

Cru­cially, how­ever, fish­ers could still be fined or charged for catch­ing un­der­sized fish given the depart­ment said the rulers were pro­duced as a “guide only”.

Bruno Mez­za­t­esta, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of re­gional ser­vices at the Depart­ment of Fish­eries, said they would closely mon­i­tor re­main­ing sticker stocks while in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­ble cause of the fault.

“Over the past two decades, there has been only a hand­ful of re­ports of faulty stick­ers,” he said.

The is­sue isn’t be­lieved to be spe­cific to a par­tic­u­lar area.

“More than two mil­lion rulers have been printed over more than 20 years with a very small num­ber of re­ported faults,” Mr Mez­za­t­esta said.

Fish­ers who be­lieve they may have a faulty sticker should con­tact their lo­cal fish­eries of­fice or the out­let where they re­ceived the ruler.

Pic­ture: Garry Stir­ling

A com­par­i­son of faulty ruler stick­ers and a tape mea­sure high­light­ing the in­con­sis­tenices in mea­sure­ments.

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