The 2015 season could see Murray cray fishing reopened in local waters.ZOE MCMAUGH April 22, 2014 3:20am
Murray cray fishing may be reopened in local waters in time for the 2015 season.
A recommendation to allow the continuation of recreational fishing of Murray crays is currently on public exhibition.
The NSW Government imposed a ban on cray fishing in most parts of the state in April last year. It did so under the belief recreational fishing was to blame for the reduction in species numbers.
In place only a month before the season was due to open, fishing was restricted to just two areas in the state and from a later June start date.
At the time, Deniliquin businessman and local angler Rod ‘Chappy’ Chapman said it would jeopardise a large portion of the regional economy. He last week welcomed the recommendation to reopen the waterways to cray-fishing, but said he remains reserved about the roll-out.
He also continues to reject initial suggestions that overfishing had caused the decline, noting the NSW Government’s stance on overfishing had been altered.
‘‘Despite closures of the commercial fishery and recreational fishery in ACT, South Australia and Victoria there has been no significant recovery of the species in these regions, and population declines have continued in NSW in both closed and open fishing areas,’’ the impact statement report’s summary reads.
‘‘The cause(s) of these declines have not been objectively determined.
‘‘The role of recreational fishing in the decline and/or prevention of recovery of Murray Crayfish populations is unclear.’’
The impact bans are having on local economies, and the inconclusive causes of cray decline, have led NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson to recommend fishing be opened.
If re-opened, new fishing rules will apply – a shortened fishing season from June to August, only crays measuring between 10cm and 12cm from the rear of the eye socket to the centre middle of the top of the tail can be taken, and a bag limit of only two cray per day and only four in possession.
Sampling was conducted at 60 sites across the state to develop the impact statement report, with Narrandera Fisheries research officer Martin Asmus and fisheries technician Sean Lethlean carrying out a series of tests in Deniliquin and district last June and July.
For details on how to have your say on the proposed return of cray fishing, go to http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/species-protection/ or pick up a copy of the report from the Deniliquin DPI office in Charlotte St. Submissions close May 2.
When Sam Atukorala addresses his children in his mother tongue of Sinhalese, they understand him completely, but they always reply in English.
Mulwala’s own motor racing sensation Steve ‘Harro’ Harrison has won the 2014 Victorian Super Tin Tops Championship.
St Augustines College, Kyabram, has won the inaugural School’s Sustainability Cup for 2014, beating several Melbourne schools.
The Shire of Campaspe is concerned as to the incomplete reporting of Port of Echuca property matters.
Four people, including a father and his two children, were fined more than $18,000 for their role in an alcohol-fuelled brawl at a Lockington party earlier this year which ended in a teenager beaten up and forced into a dog cage.
New faces for Girgarre FNC
A time to include late loved ones in the spirit of the season.
Firefighters were able to save a Finley property's buildings after a large stack of hay bales went up in flames on Monday.
Eppalock Primary School has gone global.
Scout Group hopes to raise funds for World Scout Jamboree through novel 24-hour endurance test.
Forest tour only way to understand impact.
Fodder depots have been set up in Euroa and Thoona for farmers hit by the recent fires.
The rail tracks are in such disrepear V/Line is having to close the buffet car between Euroa and Seymour due to health and safety concerns to hospitality staff.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.