Fish stock fall worries scientist
THERE has been a rapid decline in fish stocks in some Australian waters, a leading marine scientist says.
‘‘ We are down to bag limits of one – how is that a sustainable recreational fishing experience?’’ Professor Jessica Meeuwig from the University of Western Australia said in Canberra yesterday.
The Federal Government is set to deliver on an election promise by creating a national network of protected marine areas following more than two years of discussions with the fishing industry and other stakeholders.
Proposals to create marine sanctuaries invariably attract strong objections from both professional and recreational fishermen.
Prof Meeuwigsaid marine sanctuaries resulted in a 200 per cent increase in fish stocks which flowed into non-protected areas, benefiting commercial fishers.
There was a myth that sanctuaries were not needed because fishing in Australia was still good, Prof Meeuwig said.