Ban the big fish
THE image of the dead black marlin hanging on the deck of a “sports” fishing vessel ( Gazette, October 11) suggests to me that some people have more money than sense.
While many “sport” fishermen release their marlin alive, we don’t know how many of these survive their traumatic encounters with heavy tackle - try to get the hook out of a threshing black 400kg marlin.
Much game fishing takes place in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, also a World Heritage area and supposedly protected by Australia for the benefit of the whole world.
The proposed Coral Sea Marine Reserve does nothing to protect these magnificent fish as it also gives recreational fishing free rein.
The removal of the top predator black marlin by recreational fishers undermines the GBR’s quality and should be banned.
Also moderated should be commercial net fishing, which removes thousands of tonnes of fish every year from the GBR, including endangered species.