Spawning the right behaviour
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.