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Perhaps the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) should
concentrate on the Roads and leave the Maritime to people who
know that Sydney to Hobart yachts exiting Sydney Harbour will
be sailing into the Tasman Sea ... not the Pacific Ocean.
Dora Creek, NSW.
I don’t see why criticism of bad behaviour of the fishing
community or efforts to preserve marine life should be cast in
such ideological terms. The letters section of Afloat is frequently
full of criticism of bad aspect of fishing: lines left to kill wildlife,
fish guts left on jetties, fish traps fouling propellers, conservation
zones breached. Perhaps David Lockwood should put some efforts
into educating his audience how to learn from such criticism
rather than branding all that dare speak out against fisherfolk
as leftie big brother nanny state supporters who now need to
fear the impending tide of voting hunters shooters and fishers!
As a commodore of a yacht club, I look for criticism of the
sailing community in Afloat and other sources; and use that to
educate the club members how to better share the waterways.
For example, at our last safety briefing I informed our fleet
that yelling “Racing!!!” at another boat is just like writing “I ’m a
wanker!” on your sails!
There is absolutely no need for such antipathy between
communities that use our waterways. We share so much in
common: the enjoyment to be on or besides the water; the
fortitude to deal with the elements and the weather; the joy of
maintaining equipment exposed to salt water; the expense of
boating; and the affordable Afloat magazine.
We have our differences as well, I personally don’t understand
killing creatures for recreation and would like to see more area
set aside where viewing marine life is given priority over eating
it. But such differences in opinion are part of a health society
and should be able to be discussed without resorting to name
calling and threats of voter backlash.
I’m not trying to stop you killing creatures, I ’m just saying
can you please not kill some of the creatures in some of the
places that others like to look at them, and also would you mind
picking up that bag of fish heads you left chumming the waters
just where my junior sailing fleet put in?
Thanks Greg, but using your argument there should be no tourists
allowed in Manly due to the litter problem created in your neighbourhood
by a few lazy individuals. Furthermore, there is no issue with protecting
natural resources where there is a case for doing so based on something
more than ideology. Tight lines, jib sheets and skirts. - David Lockwood.
All we are saying is give fish a chance
Thank you for your magazine. I always like to get a sense of
what is happening in a wide range of nautical themes. I write to
you to make some comments about David Lockwood’s piece in
the December issue.
I understand that Green Zones and fishing restrictions may
not be popular but there is basic science that shows that having
areas where fish are free to breed without being hunted increases
populations, within and outside these areas. Many scientists
are unhappy about government considering reducing the size
of no take zones.
I think David may be missing the real point which is that we
have had a large population increase over the time since he and
I were boys. Also with modern GPS, high definition fish finding
equipment, faster and more reliable boats, and even drone
technology, the fish we look for are being found and caught
far more effectively than when my grandfather would fish a few
miles offshore. He would line up some marks on the shore from
about three miles away and try to find his spot, he would usually
come up short. The fish would live to fight and maybe be caught
With the improvement in fishing technology and our fast
growing population our fish have fewer and fewer spots to hide.
That is why we need to have some areas set aside. If we went
back to the numbers of fishers of yesteryear and only bakelite
fishing reels we would probably need no restrictions at all. Our
fish are a treasured resource and we know that there are more
of us looking for them than ever before.
I don’t think that voting for changes to fishing zones will make
more fish appear, it will probably do the opposite.
Lake Macquarie, NSW.
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