The weather is heating right up and so is the interest
surrounding the proposed extensions to the marine park and sanctuary zones in
Ningaloo. Public submissions need
to be in by the 29th of this month which is almost here.
If you haven’t put yours in, you can email it direct to CALM (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A letter direct to the premier will also help us to be heard via email@example.com
A recent survey of businesses in Exmouth showed more
accurate figures relating to what type of people visit here and where they spend
their money. This survey is totally
contradictive to the Woods survey that was referred to in the CALM proposal by a
man who doesn’t even live in the town. Woods’
statistics say that 46% of people that visit here are from overseas, which we
all know is far from accurate.
I would like to point out to everyone that we (rec fishers)
are not against CALM and we are not against sanctuary zones.
We just want to see a fairer proposal put forward where CALM work
together with Fisheries, the community, a recreational fishing body such as
Recfishwest and a dive representation. The
proposal that has been put forward was put together by a diver from CALM who has
diving interests. That person has
since resigned from CALM. Fisheries
had no input to the proposal and the communities views were not taken in to
account from the draft of the draft. As
recreational anglers and residents ourselves, we too want to see Ningaloo well
looked after in to the future. We
would like to have more input in to our future and believe that education along
with more policing will give a better result than closing areas.
Meanwhile Jodi Roberts and her family are back once again
from Tom Price for a fishing holiday. Jodi
outfished the guys onboard their 20ft Qunitrex in the gulf with large gold spot
trevally caught on RMG lures. Jodi’s
son, Shane, was chasing “nemos” and “marlins” to catch and release after
watching the Finding Nemo movie several times.
There have been many squid south of the marina for anyone
with a small dinghy. From shore,
catches of large queenfish have been reported around Bundegi on Halco twisties
and Tango Dancers. The ever present
spangled emperor have also been coming in close to the access roads along the
west coast, particularly at dusk.
Don, Steve and Rob Kemp have been here on a fishing holiday from Melbourne. The trio have caught everything from cobia, mackerel, sharks, estuary cod, coronation trout, snapper, barracuda to flathead in their boat hat they towed the long distance from home. Most of the bigger fish have been around the 14kilo mark and the boys were proud to say that they carefully released close to 90%of their catch.