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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Time to discuss the Southern Eastern Trawl and bycatch

The Beagle Editor, A meeting is being organised, most likely at Merimbula next week, to discuss the elephant in the room , particularly in Bega Shire, that is the Southern East Trawl. Each night 20 odd trawlers operating in NSW waters dump tons of bi- catch. Each trawler drops 4 to 6 tonne. NSW Fisheries do not want the bi- catch revealed so no records are kept. I understand this has been occurring 10- 20 years. When on the Ministers advisory council I asked for the records, details of observers, how often were they on the trawlers, and who were they! The response was "No worries, will provide at next council meeting". Outcome! Never happened!

The commercial fishers approach the recreational fishers (RFA) seeking assistance. RFA has approached three Fisheries Ministers. No response. The RFA will ramp this issue up for the current By-election and the State election in 2023. The "fish" are the issue and targeting a nursery is not the way to retain a sustainable fishers, particularly when the commercial trawlers want out!

For more details and to read submissions refer to NSW RFA. Happy to discuss with community.

Cheers Max Castle

VP- RFA.


NOTE: Comments were TRIALED - in the end it failed as humans will be humans and it turned into a pile of merde; only contributed to by just a handful who did little to add to the conversation of the issue at hand. Anyone who would like to contribute an opinion are encouraged to send in a Letter to the Editor where it might be considered for publication

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