Spawn­ing the right be­hav­iour

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

HU­MANE, clean and safe salmon fish­ing is pro­moted by recre­ational fish­ing lobby Rec­fish­west dur­ing the an­nual spawn­ing run dur­ing Easter.

“The Ja­panese-style method of iki jime is the most hu­mane method of killing the fish; use a spike in the soft part of the fish’s skull, above and be­hind the eye, and then bleed the fish and put it im­me­di­ately on ice for the best eat­ing,” Rec­fish­west com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fi­cer Tim Grose said.

Fish­eries of­fi­cers at the Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment will pa­trol the most pop­u­lar metropoli­tan ar­eas for salmon, in­clud­ing Coogee’s Ammo Jetty and Wood­man Point and the North and South Moles in Fre­man­tle, to en­sure fish­ers do not breach the daily four-fish bag limit and dis­pose of the fish and of­fal from their clean­ing prop­erly.

Mr Grose said salmon should be bled on the beach away from the wa­ter where sharks could be at­tracted and the pub­lic, who could be of­fended.

Bait bags, dis­carded tackle and lines should be taken home to be binned and not pol­lute the sea.

Other fish­ers’ spa­ces had to be re­spected and if it was crowded, new ar­rivals should move to an­other lo­ca­tion, where the highly mo­bile salmon may swim to any­way.

Rec­fish­west and the Fish­eries are study­ing the eco­nomic im­pact of the an­nual spawn­ing run along the south coast and north of Perth, with the re­sults to be used in man­age­ment of the fish­ery, which is ex­pected to be com­plete in about a year.

“Last week I drove to Hamelin Bay to chase salmon for a day and spent $190, so that worked out that each fish I caught was worth $20 to $30,” Mr Grose said.

Visit www.fish.wa.gov.au.

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