Opera home yabby nets will likely be banned for each leisure and business fishers in South Australia from July 1 in a transfer to align with different states.
- The nets are unlawful in ACT, Tasmania and Victoria; and are restricted in NSW and Queensland
- Non-target species will be harmed or killed within the funnel-style lure
- Some leisure fishers have raised considerations concerning the expense of changing nets
The choice from the Division of Major Industries and Areas (PIRSA) makes South Australia the fifth state or territory to ban the controversial nets.
PIRSA’s govt director of fisheries and aquaculture Gavin Begg stated the transfer would shield air-breathing animals similar to freshwater turtles, platypus and rakali (native water rat) from drowning.
“In the event that they go into the yabby pots they presently use, it is actually laborious to get out, so for these types of animals yabby pots are fairly harmful,” he stated.
Anglers welcome choice
Riverland leisure fisherman Kym Manning stated he welcomed the choice, however had considerations concerning the disposal of current nets.
“It’ll be a great factor. We’ve acquired to maintain up with the japanese states however it will likely be at a price to the leisure fishers,” he stated.
“It’s one other throwaway factor. To me it’s only a waste of sources.”
RecFish SA govt officer Asher Dezsery stated the choice was not a shock, however he hoped there could be a plan for the nets to be phased out sustainably.
“You’re not solely throwing out a superbly good web however you need to purchase a complete web to exchange it. It’s nearly twice as wasteful,” he stated.
“It’s good to see them phased out, however it’s good to search out an environmentally pleasant resolution for the wasted nets.”
Mr Dezsery stated he recognised the monetary impression the choice would possibly have on finish customers.
“There’s a number of losers within the state of affairs. Finally, the surroundings is the winner however that is being carried as a price from the leisure and deal with sectors,” he stated.
When contacted by the ABC, PIRSA declined to touch upon considerations across the disposal of the nets.