Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

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.Face­ 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

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