VRFISH, the peak recreational fishing body representing Victorian fishers has expressed concerns about proposed regulation changes for recreational southern bluefin tuna fishing in New South Wales.
The Victorian body has come out in support of concerns held by its NSW counterparts that proposed regulation changes for SBT fishing in NSW are ill conceived.
The proposed changes include a bag limit of one SBT, a daily boat limit of two SBT and a charter boat limit of six SBT.
Currently in Victoria the bag limit is two SBT or a maximum weight statewide of 160kg of SBT in any form.
Southern Bluefin Tuna are listed on the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988, which lists threatened species in Victoria, however recreational fishing of these fish is permitted under an exemption.
VRFish General Manager Dallas D’Silva said there needed to be consistency in regulation across the States.
“Given the highly mobile nature of the species, there is a clear need for more consistent regulations across States boundaries,” D’Silva said.
Read the full story in Monday’s Portland Observer, or subscribe to our epaper at the top of the page.