ABC News Corner Inlet - Regulation Bites As New Rules Hit Corner Inlet Fish Catches

Regulation Bites As New Rules Hit Corner Inlet Fish Catches

Source: ABC News.

An attempt to regulate and formalise a “gentlemen’s agreement” has almost halved one fisherman’s catch in eastern Victoria.

Corner Inlet’s commercial fishers previously adhered to a voluntary code of conduct. The waterway, which lies to the east of Wilsons Promontory, was regarded as being sustainably managed.

However, on June 19 a Fisheries Notice was adopted, binding commercial operators to only use one type of fishing gear at any given time. Operators were also restricted to two seine net shots in any 24-hour period.

Seafood Industry Victoria, the state’s seafood industry’s peak body, said the new entrants hade begun fishing Corner Inlet after the recent closure of Port Phillip Bay and the Gippsland Lakes to commercial operators.

Read full article by By Peter Somerville…

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Wayne Cripps is the fourth generation of his family to fish at Corner Inlet.(ABC Gippsland: Peter Somerville).