Fish cleaning tables gone
THE fish cleaning tables that have been at the centre of controversy over seal feeding have been removed by the Glenelg Shire.
Once the iconic site of visiting anglers cleaning massive southern bluefin tuna, the tables beside the Portland Yacht Club were removed early this week.
The boat ramps at the location will remain open for use.
The removal of the cleaning table coincides with a number of upgrades to the newer northern boat ramp, including upgraded fishing tables and a new weighing station.
The removal of the cleaning tables follows a string of incidents involving an aggressive male Australian fur seal, forcing the closure of the tables in mid-April.
A Glenelg Shire Council spokeswoman said the decision was made in consultation with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
“Based on the DELWP recommendations, council will be removing the boat ramp south fish cleaning facilities,” the spokeswoman said.
The spokeswoman said the feedback from recreational fishing users to remove the tables had been encouraging.
“The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and there has been active support from local users to have it closed for safety reasons.”