Ban the big fish

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LETTERS -

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.

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