Recreational fishers urged to have their say on review

Public concern at the Weatherill Government’s controversial new bag, boat and size limits for recreational fishers has forced a change of venue for the first public meeting to be held in Port Lincoln tonight.

Originally planned for the Lincoln Marine Science Centre, the meeting has been moved to a bigger venue, the Port Lincoln Hotel, to accommodate a much larger than expected crowd.

The State Liberals are urging recreational fishers to attend the public meetings to be held across South Australia to provide genuine public input into the State Government’s review of bag, boat and size limits and proposed seasonal closures.

The State Government has put forward a proposed reduction in bag limits for several species including Garfish, Blue Swimmer Crabs, Tommy Ruff and major changes to the way King George Whiting can be fished.

Shadow Minister for Recreation and Sport Tim Whetstone said the State Government must incorporate all feedback from recreational fishers into any outcomes of the review.

“There are 277,000 recreational fishers in South Australia and it is important that as many people as possible provide feedback to the review, as the proposed changes will impact fishing practices into the future,” Mr Whetstone said.

“It would be extremely disappointing if the State Government is going into this public consultation with a pre-determined outcome. It must genuinely listen to any concerns raised during the meetings and incorporate that feedback into any decisions made.

“It is critical the voices of recreational fishers and fishing communities are heard.”

Public meetings will be held at:

  • 16th February – Port Lincoln Hotel, 7.15pm-8.45pm
  • 17th February – Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel, 7pm-8.30pm
  • 18th February – Westland Hotel Motel (Whyalla), 7pm-8.30pm
  • 23rd February – Wallaroo Marina Hotel, 7pm-8.30pm
  • 24th February – Glenelg Comfort Inn Haven Marina, 7pm-8.30pm
  • 25th February – Renmark Paringa Council, 7pm-8.30pm
  • 1st March – Wattle Range Council (Millicent), 7pm-8.30pm
  • 2nd March – Victor Harbor Town Hall, 7pm-8.30pm
  • 3rd March – Kangaroo Island Council, 7pm-8.30pm