BEGGING TO DIFFER ON JCU’S MACKEREL STUDY
In last week’s article on the JCU Douglas region grey mackerel study Dr Renae Tobin claims it was not “appropriate” for me to review her work (see www.Facebook.com/ SustainableFishing).
Her study claims grey mackerel do not reach spawning condition in Douglas waters and that mackerel netting is “highly selective”.
I have taken photos of a Douglas grey mackerel crammed full of roe and a mackerel net boat landing hammerhead shark at Snapper Island!
On Monday, July 10, I met with Fisheries Minister Byrne and DG of DAF, Dr Beth Woods, for an hour. We discussed concerns that fake science is being used to play down depletion of inshore resources and the need to reduce levels of gillnetting.
At least the Minister has just released a new Sustainable Fisheries Strategy which recognises the need to rebuild our depleted inshore fish stocks. May the action begin before it is too late!
David Cook, Wonga Beach
Douglas Historical Society member Gail Cockburn uses the new laptop to catalogue photos