What are your thoughts on the proposed changes to the Management Plan for Recreational Fishing in South Australia?

We want to hear your feedback on the proposed changes to the Management Plan for Recreational Fishing in South Australia.

Read the Draft Management Plan for Recreational Fishing in South Australia and see the summary of changes the Draft Management Plan: Report on Review then comment your feedback below.

Key changes reflect the recognition of the Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council (MRFAC) as the peak advisory body for recreational fishing (Section 6) and updates to stock status reporting to make them consistent with the current national standards (Section 9).

Your feedback will be considered by PIRSA and the Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development to inform the development of the final version of the plan.

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Recreational Fishing Manager

25 Mar 2020

Thank you for sharing your feedback on the draft Management Plan for Recreational Fishing in South Australia.
The participation of recreational fishers in the management of fisheries resources is important to ensure better social and economic outcomes for the whole community.
Please contribute meaningfully to this online discussion by keeping posts relevant to topic and respectful.

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Rod Bartlett

23 Mar 2020

Just wondering if you have considered, allowing all amateur angles to continue catching snapper, in the open season but not taking larger fish to enable a bigger number of breeding fish

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Rod Bartlett

25 Mar 2020

Dear Rod, thank you for your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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Alan Hall

23 Mar 2020

If The MRAFC is to have any credibility reps should be regionally based. From time to time circumstances change and reps may no longer wish to continue. It is noted that several reps have resigned and their positions not refilled. Why not ? It is also noted that some people who put their names forward for the MRAFC were not accepted yet some say this was a democratic process ? I would say it was anything but democratic with the greater percentage of reps government appointed No wonder the MRAFC has no credibility

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Roger Jeffery

20 Mar 2020

Recreational Fishing Management in South Australia

I was the co-founder of a recreational fishing group that was originally named the MFA (Metropolitan Fishing Alliance) and which existed for about 8 years, and met monthly for that entire period (with few exceptions). This group subsequently became the Development Recreational Fishing Committee (DRFC) and throughout its existence our group had the primary goal of working towards revision of the system of recreational fishing management in SA.

Ultimately the DRFC group was disbanded for the same principle reason that RFSA, and now the MRFAC, have become redundant. The reason is that representative groups in SA have never been able to attract universal support from the SA recreational fishing community, and have been unable to achieve sufficient access to, or support from, decision makers. I believe that there are many causes for this, including:
• Lack of funding
• Lack of resources
• Reliance on volunteers
• Inability to connect with decision makers on equal terms
• Lack of political will
• Poor communication with the community – mainly due to Govt enforced Secrecy

The current MRFAC has the opportunity to correct this situation, but only if the MRFAC members (who come from diverse backgrounds and organisations), are charged with the responsibility to work together and design a universally acceptable replacement for the MRFAC itself. The composition, operation and establishment of an enduring representative group that will supersede the MRFAC needs to be developed by elected members of the recreational fishing community itself, not by PIRSA or the Govt.

As things stand, the MRFAC will be under threat at the next State election with the only viable alternative being RFSA, which has already proven to be an ineffective long term solution.

I would propose that all members of the MRFAC – including those who have already walked away - should be encouraged and supported to work together to establish a new representative organisation; that this should be undertaken as soon as possible; and that the entire SA recreational fishing community be enabled to become involved in the project - with the support of the Govt.

Thank you
RJ

Greg Fisher > Roger Jeffery

22 Mar 2020

Just saying Hi to Roger, havnt heard of you in ages. You were a help to me during the marine parks circus
Thanks Greg.

Greg Fisher > Roger Jeffery

22 Mar 2020

Also I agree with what Roger is saying. I understand why RECFISH was hated and had many detractors but don't understand why any other group that are prepared to put in the voluntary hours of supporting our pastime get ripped to shreds by the likes of Gunther, most of what he is spreading is nothing but malicious bull facies designed to create in fighting.
I don't see a clear path from here. But I am certainly seeing who I do not want advocating for me.
Maybe if we look past all the social media propaganda. the MRFAC are not doing a bad job, just those who aren't in charge have a major chip on their shoulder and an axe to grind.

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Roger Jeffery

25 Mar 2020

Dear Roger, thank you for your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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Greg Fisher

15 Mar 2020

I am interested to know what awards RFSA has won, accolades generated by the Labour/Greens govt or the PEW environment trust I am guessing. I have lost faith in awards, I continually get emails asking me to nominate myself for an award. All good for the shameless narcissist self promoter. For an award to be valid it should be recognisation by your peers for greatness.
I nominate them for the stabbing SAs recfishers in the back when they really needed them award, I bet I could get a list of name going to get this one up and running.

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Greg Fisher

15 Mar 2020

Hi there, I think it good that the Liberals recognise the need for change, after checking through the summary of the draft I don't think there was any thing unexpected.
Rec fishing in this state is in desperate need of a solid well funded peak body to stand up for our rights. I think it was correct to oust RFSA but I don't think you have handled the replacement very well, as I am told many of the good people who formed the MRFAC were ignored and some have quit which to me means this new group looses a lot of credibility, probably not because of the people involved more so due to the amount the govt listens to that group.
Until we have an adequate representation group we will continue to be kicked around like a political football by all sectors. Unfortunately from my experiences RFSA were to conflicted of interest to support SAs rec fisher community, They showed their colours during the marine parks campaign and many will never forgive them for that. In my mind allowing a foreign ENGO to come and proclaim protected areas in our EEZ is no different to selling some of our prime farming land to overseas interests, Just un Australian.
I like the fact that the current govt has seen the need to act on the Snapper decline, but I really dislike the use of tags within the fishery, which leads me to another point. Your draft goes on about community consultation but I must say the consultation on the need for tags has been woeful.
I fish in an area where I could catch snapper if I had tags, I have asked fellow fishers at the ramp about the need for tags, no one except the few I had told previously knew you needed tags now, the common response was Snapper season is now open down here.
I have heard rumours that a local was caught with snapper, I believe it is wrong to convict any one on a change to rules which was not well advertised and I will recommend to this person any conviction should be contested.
Govts come and go but large portfolios like fishing is handled by departments which do not change, while the govt is showing willingness to change PIRSA stays intact with the same people who watched the Snapper fishery decline doing nothing. It was the rise of the monofilament longline expertise that saw stocks nose dive with out interaction from management. So basically what I am saying here is that changes to rec fishing management will mean stuff all if the same thinking is allowed to play out at PIRSA and I believe that the marine scale
fishers need to have sustainable TAC limits put in place. We like to call our fishery well managed but without limits on how many fish can be taken it is not, the recs have worked with ever decreasing bag limits for a long time now.
I started reading the full document before I realised the was a summary, from my notes on that are the following
Section 6 talks of an ESD is there any plans around Fur Seals
There is talk about the value of locally caught seafood, but how much of our locally caught seafood get sold locally. A classic example of this is the current virus out break shutting down the export markets for lobster, rather than taking a pay cut and selling lobster for local consumption, the fishers have just hung up their gear and down the south east they have installed long line drums to target Snapper FFS.
There is also a section that talks of rec fishing value to the economy, I feel the figures quote are drastically underestimated, earlier in the report a Vic study is mentioned that suggests a 114million dollar boost to the SA economy in the Murray darling basin alone yet a later study says the benefit to the economy is only 160.8 million state wide. Surely these figures conflict. I suggest the govt look to some of the Victorian studies that have been done on the economic benefit of rec fishing, they have a well funded peak body and have been working on this much longer. Our fishing is not the same as Victoria but its not that different either.
I am one of the few who try to keep informed, if the 277k rec figure is still correct there is probably 270k who have no idea what goes on as long as they can wet a line where and when they want .
I hope my thought are received and considered.
Greg

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Greg Fisher

20 Mar 2020

Dear Greg, thank you for your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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John Szach

10 Mar 2020

I, along with my fellow fisher friends, are more than happy to protect the recreational fishing by adopting methods such as licences to maintain fish stocks. We have reluctantly accepted reduced bag limits and increased legal fish sizes. I am amazed though that long lines by professional fishers are still allowed. The fish they catch are indiscriminate, can be small or protected, can be out of season and over quotas. I appreciate that a living needs to be made by the professionals but how many times have I heard of professional fishers catching more than the quota or of the "wrong" species and releasing them, most times dead . If the government is truly serious about protecting our recourses, ban the long lines. How can you control what fish are caught on lines that are kilometers long.

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Recreational Fishing Manager > John Szach

11 Mar 2020

Dear John, thank you for your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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John B

09 Mar 2020

There is a very strong argument for Recs not to proceed into Management Plans before a proper Economic and Social Benefit Survey of Recs is undertaken and the Results known

The last time they went into a Rec Management plan without an Economic Survey it was disaster. How can one develope an accurate Management Plan without a firm basis on which to establish that Plan ??

The excuse last time was , "Well that's all we had to works with". That was the 2013 Rec Survey that even the authors disclaimed it's accuracy and also warned of using that survey as a basis for any legislation, That became our Management Plan that saw us with Bag and Boat limits cut to shreds.
That was under RFSA and Labor, if that continues under the Liberals then someone is not abiding by the Fisheries Act at all.

Recs are not here to be rubber stamps or ticked off boxes.! We deserve a fair go at least, how many South Aussies who didn't fish or can't fish missed out on a free feed from a friend or family member that was a Rec Fisher ? That's just how unfair and rotten Recreational Fishers and ordinary South Aussies have fared and all in the name of the almighty dollar and export !!!
It's the Recs who feed those who can't fish, not the Commercials who send everything over the border or overseas. How can a person in SA eat a fish that is in China, Sydney or Melbourne ? Yet this is propaganda they want us to believe ?

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Recreational Fishing Manager > John B

11 Mar 2020

Dear John, thank you for your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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Norm Foley

06 Mar 2020

I very much agree with many of the posts here, such as left by Dave Ciaravola. Recfush must remain as the Peak representative body for recreational anglers in this state. The MRFAC has shown itself to be a toothless tiger, representing a very small proportion of SA recreational anglers. Expression of a conflicting view to theirs, rapidly gets you blocked from the group they mostly are representative of. Recfish must be reinstalled as the Peak Body representatives for recreational fishers in this state.

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Norm Foley

06 Mar 2020

Hi Norm, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

Norm Foley > Norm Foley

07 Mar 2020

Ah, Gunther, if that's your real name, not sure where your accusations of abuse come from, however the minister had access to my account and easily dismiss your comment. Think you have me mixed up with someone else.

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Gilbert Bruton

06 Mar 2020

Recreational Fishing should be left in the hands of the Recreational people. Once the government becomes involved, everything slows down, they aren't close enough to the problem, they don't feel or understand our plight.. If the government want to be involved they should sit on the committee but not run it. They should be the "enablers" to support the committee. Of course the sinister side of me, also believes, any finances raised are put into the government coffers for other things & not channelled straight back into the fishing, hence I wouldn't propose fishing licences if the government was to handle it. If Fish Rec handled it , it would go into the good of our fishing stocks etc. Sorry government, just my view. We need real action & real people who really 'care' about fishing stocks for the future & our families to enjoy in the future.

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Gilbert Bruton

06 Mar 2020

Hi Gilbert, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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Clayton Shaw

05 Mar 2020

As a local rec fisher at our reservoirs at Warren and Sth Para, it is disappointing to see that RecFishSA are not being considered to be part of the Management Plan for Recreational Fishing in South Australia. I can only offer my personal view based on the work that I have seen them do over the last three years and the support that they have provided the rec fishers, particularly in the reservoirs. Their work around stocking, managing habitat etc has been amazing and award winning. I refer to this particular comment in the draft plan "The Minister’s Recreational Fishing Advisory Council (MRFAC) was formed in 2019 to improve dialogue and communication between recreational fishers and Government. The role of the Council is to provide feedback and advice to government on recreational fishing development issues, initiatives and policies that impact the recreational fishing sector. An initial task of the Council is to create a Recreational Fishing Strategy for South Australia." I don't recall anyone from the MRFAC making contact with any of the recreational fishers that use the local reservoirs. It isn't hard to do so - there is a very active Facebook page that they could use to ask for feedback etc. RecFishSA have been extremely active in looking for feedback, support, ideas etc about how to continue to improve the opportunities in the resevoirs. I, for one, feel that they should continue to be the leading peak body and work in conjuntion with the MRFAC to continue to improve the Recreational Fishing opportunities for South Australians.

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Clayton Shaw

06 Mar 2020

Hi Clayton, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

John B > Clayton Shaw

10 Mar 2020

RFSA have made it abundantly clear that they have no desire to work with the MRFAC of which RFSA was an Organisational Member until they quit.

Alan Hall > Clayton Shaw

24 Mar 2020

My understanding is that the rfsa rep resigned for reasons unknown to myself and then rfsa were denied a replacement delegate

John B > Clayton Shaw

24 Mar 2020

My information was that the RFSA Board issued an ultimatum to the 2 RFSA, MRFAC reps.
Either resign from MRFAC or resign from RFSA ?
Isn't that why the RFSA member that stayed on the MRFAC is no longer a member of RFSA ?

John B > Clayton Shaw

24 Mar 2020

"My understanding is that the rfsa rep resigned for reasons unknown to myself and then rfsa were denied a replacement delegate."

What has that got to do with the RFC members writing to the Minister and posting on FB that they had no intention of being on the MRFAC.
RFSA either wants to be on the MRFAC or it doesn't ? by it's actions and writings RFSA wants nothing to do with the MRFAC so which is it ??

John B > Clayton Shaw

24 Mar 2020

No I am simply stating my view in response to your posts that are implying all manner of wrong in your attacks on the MRFAC. It would be improper of me knowing what I know to let those implications pass uncontested ?
I am simply a Rec Fisher responding to "your say" as requested, I hold no official standing with the MRFAC but I will not stand by while this MRFAC sniping carries on.
As I said earlier, 2 RefishSA Directors, ANSA members ans supporters made theirv way onto the MRFAC. No point in calling them "undemocratic". They did not make the selection of Members that you are laying at their feet.
The RFSA dictator ship may have suited yourself and a few others but it didn't suit the majority of Rec's , if it did RFSA would still be in the Chair.

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Mathew Bini

05 Mar 2020

Pass me some gaviscon. How could one leave RecfishSA out when they've done such great work and won awards for it? The MRFAC has no credibility being a government run council. Simple! Let Recfish continue with they're great work. They are truely representing recreational fishos. Certainly not the government 😒

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Mathew Bini

05 Mar 2020

Hi Mathew, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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David Ciaravolo

04 Mar 2020

I write to oppose the proposal to recognize the MRFAC as the Peak Body for recreational fishing. Quite simply the MRFAC does not meet any standard definition of Peak Body. Without going into to much detail the key points are:

1. The MRFAC does not represent other legally constituted organisations (NGO's / Incorporated Bodies / Companies Limited by Guarantee) to government; a minimum requirement for peak bodies generally.

2. The MRFAC being a government committee is not a legally independent organisation. The MRFAC does not have an open membership, people cannot join, reform, alter the governance of, or hold the management of MRFAC to account. It therefore cannot meet the basic requirements for community representative sector good-governance models. (It can meet the requirements of government sector good-governance in future, assuming appropriate reforms are instituted, including the appointment of an independent chairperson).

Justification:
The justification listed here that an "overwhelming majority" in community feedback supported the establishment of MRFAC is misleading and inappropriate when published without qualification.

A self-selected sample of 225 respondents out of 200,000+ recreational fishers is not representative. When compared with a single major RecFish SA consultation like the 2016 Size, Bag and Boat Review which had 1500 individual respondents as well as Club, Association and RFC submissions, it is clear that the government mechanism of consultation was unsuitable and unreliable. It may be further noted that despite having feedback from 1500 individuals, plus organisations, following their 2016 consultation, RecFish SA never drew sweeping representative conclusions; understanding that to do would be irresponsible.

Comanagement:
The proposal for the MRFAC to serve as the primary site of consultation and comanagement is significant backwards step in genuine comanagement in SA. Successful comanagement relies on capacity building, not dismantling. The MRFAC does not have it's own independent staff, assets or membership base, and if it replaces RecFish SA will also reduce the capacity of existing organisations and RFC's to contribute to comanagement.

Genuine comanagement relies on the Government sharing power and responsibility with the community, not just inviting them to be engaged. In SA prior to the MARFAC RecFish SA (a community owned, not -for profit, independently constituted organisation) directly delivered comanagement above and beyond engagement, consultation and committee participation through:
- Designing and implementing a permit system for reservoir fishing
- A stocking program in reservoirs and in the Murray River
- Fish Habitat Projects
- Recruiting and coordinating volunteers for fish stocking and scientific research partnerships
- Delivering fishing clinics for children and families
- Producing fishing education videos
- A online statewide fishing locations map
- Leadership training and up-skilling for volunteers

Under the MRFAC model none of the above will be delivered independently or in genuine, legal partnership. Instead South Australia will step back from being a leader in recreational fishery comanagement and will return to the Government organised, invited volunteer model that serves to limit the capacity, social licence, expertise and valuable co-contributions of the recreational fishing sector.

Note:
- I am not suggesting that the MRFAC cannot play a valuable role as an advisory body, in addition to a funded genuine peak body. It certainly can be a good way for the Minister to ensure that an independent organisation is truly representative and to deliver focus to issues the Minister wants additional advice on. It cannot however, be a genuine, independent, consultative community owned organisation, nor a suitable sole partner to progress, rather regress comanagement in SA.

Recommendation:
Alter the Management Plan to recognize both the MRFAC and RecFish SA.

In the future, should the government through regular process decide another legally constituted, peak body with members and member organisations has emerged and is better suited to be recognized than RecFish SA, at that time amend the Plan. Presently, there is clearly no more capable or suitable organisation to serve as the peak body in SA, and the costs to the community and sector capacity of not having a peak body are unacceptable.

Primary Relevant Disclosures:
- RecFish SA Board Director, former Executive Director
- Australian Recreational Fishing Foundation Member Delegate, former Director
- CEO, Amateur Fishermen's Association NT

This submission in on behalf of myself and is not a representation of any of the above declared affiliations.

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Recreational Fishing Manager > David Ciaravolo

04 Mar 2020

Hi David, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

Rohan Lewis > David Ciaravolo

04 Mar 2020

I tend to agree that the Government has what appears to be a conflict of interest here. They are on the one hand deriving an income from the sale of Licenses to wreck havoc on the eco sytem and on the other hand having to justify the ill considered policies that have been implemented by Pirsa. One has to question the political agenda here.

John B > David Ciaravolo

09 Mar 2020

"Without going into to much detail the key points are:"

Gee, I'd hate to see the long version then?

"I write to oppose the proposal to recognize the MRFAC as the Peak Body "

MRFAC was made "Peak Body" , July 1st last year, there is no proposal just fact.

Alan Hall > David Ciaravolo

18 Mar 2020

@John B so you understand : the MRFAC does not meet any standard definition of Peak Body. A peak body is a non-government organisation that has membership of entities with allied interests. The MRAFC is a body set up by the government (a government organisation it is

John B > David Ciaravolo

20 Mar 2020

"MRFAC was made "Peak Body" , July 1st last year, there is no proposal just fact."

Better take that up with the Minister, I'm sure his Legal Advice has considered that ? That would be essential if the MRFA is written into legislation ??

Never the less if that was a consideration there were many RFSA and ANSA Senior members and supporters puting their names down for nomination to MRFAC.

Alan Hall > David Ciaravolo

23 Mar 2020

No senior member of ANSA in their capacity as an ANSA member put their name forward to be a member of the MRFAC as ANSA SA are an affiliated member of RFSA and supported RFSA If by any chance you are referring to myself I put myself forward as a representative of the Upper Spencer Gulf RFC and pleased to say I was the highest voted person in a regional area but didn't have the support that Adelaide based reps did which brings me to another point Positions on the MRFAC should be regionally based Only 2 from the regional areas One for freshwater and one tackle store rep NONE for general fishing

John B > David Ciaravolo

24 Mar 2020

Jacobs Coat of many colours hey ??
As President of the SA branch of ANSA you are obliged to honour the ANSA Constitution and Codes of Conduct.
Does applying as the "Upper Spencer Gulf RFC" make you any less than a Senior Member of ANSA ??

Alan Hall > David Ciaravolo

24 Mar 2020

The Australian National Sportfishing Association is considered the peak body of sportfishing in Australia and encompasses all the needs of the beginner as well as the experienced angler The Association is the Australian organisation that represents the recreational fishing industry and the recreational sportfisher through its various branches and affiliated clubs in Australia. ANSA SA is the South Australian Division of a real peak body that actually meets all the criteria

John B > David Ciaravolo

25 Mar 2020

ANSA SA is the South Australian Division of a real peak body that actually meets all the criteria. That's never ever been questioned, waht was questioned was this :-

" Does applying as the "Upper Spencer Gulf RFC" make you any less than a Senior Member of ANSA ??" No it doesn't which makes this a contradiction," No senior member of ANSA in their capacity as an ANSA member put their name forward "
How you present yourself does not remove the fact that you are also a Senior Member of ANSA.

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Rohan Lewis

04 Mar 2020

There should be some requirement for the bodies who are responsible for setting the limits on species to have to give evidence for the limits imposed. A case in point is the recently imposed limit on Blood Worms. The limit is 4 liters per person per day. No science has been presented to justify this limit. A lot of talk has occurred with respect to trying to prevent supposed sale of blood worms by Amateur fishermen. some talk of needing environmental flows to be allowed. In Mayne in America, regulations such as this has been responsible for seeing the complete devastation to the environment in which their blood worms exist. In South Australia to date Blood Worm Harvesting has been limited to the very small window of time in which Blood worms run, and to be quite frank, the limit imposed by Pirsa will see a short fall on my recreational fishing activities with respect to Bait, because I could not catch a years supply of bait in the three days that blood worms ran last year. From my perspective, the limit imposed has been placed with little thought, little science, and has no justification, but has the capacity to cause great ecological damage, if I am forced to start digging in a pristine environment in order to collect bait to continue fishing.

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Neil Hutchins

03 Mar 2020

Seems like yet another ploy to discard,Recfish from
Being the recognised body in this state,in favour of his own advisory board.After all the previous and ongoing works acheived.and recent awards won .where more of a collaborative approach would see a better outcome for recriational fishers in this state.
Sad times when this government seems to encorage and prefer division instead of unity.

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Neil Hutchins

04 Mar 2020

Hi Neil, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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Lee Van Soest

03 Mar 2020

RecFish SA "are" recognized as the peak body in this state. There have been numerous clubs, associations etc that have stated that they do not want to deal with the MRFAC, this has been totally ignored by the government.

RecFish SA have done and are still doing extremely well with multiple project and have recent awards under their belt. It's time the current government acknowledged that!

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Lee Van Soest

04 Mar 2020

Hi Lee, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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Rohan Lewis

03 Mar 2020

I question PIRSA's ability to have an effective role in determining policy, given their complete disregard for the sustainability of Snapper stocks in the Gulf regions. Their focus and support until last year when it became quite evident that their scientific modeling with respect to this species has left us with an unsustainable fishery that is on the verge of collapse.It is my belief that the Government needs to resurrect a Fisheries department with a total focus on sustainable fisheries management

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Rohan Lewis

03 Mar 2020

I am pleased to see in section 4 that it is now publicly declared that " South Australia’s fishery resources are community owned public resources." I feel that a more public acknowledgement of this and the fact that this resource should only be harvested with the benefit of the owners in mind at all times. This was the intent of legislators when they were first discussing the issuing of commercial licenses in our parliament. I am not pleased that this acknowledgment has been relegated to section 4 but should be stated clearly at the beginning of the document.

Wade Macdonald > Rohan Lewis

03 Mar 2020

Very happy to see there is at least one fisho who can stick to the discussion topic. It appears that some are trying to disenfranchise every SA fisho who isn't affiliated with RFSA from contributing to the discussion which is a sad reflection on RFSA's professionalism in matters more important to recreational fishos than them.

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Rohan Lewis

04 Mar 2020

Hi Rohan and Wade, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

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Alan Hall

03 Mar 2020

RecfishSA appears to be ignored by the current powers to be yet is the nationally recognised peak body for recreational fishers in South Australia and unlike the MRFAC is networked through out South Australia via its regional recreational fishing committees and its membership can be substantiated RecfishSA needs to be kept in the management plan

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Alan Hall

04 Mar 2020

Hi Alan, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

John B > Alan Hall

09 Mar 2020

"RecfishSA needs to be kept in the management plan"

They would have been if they had remained on the MRFAC rather than resigning then having a huge dummy spit about the MRFAC.
If the MRFAC was that bad why did so many RFSA Members and supporters put the hand up for a seat on the MRFAC ???

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Alan Hall

03 Mar 2020

I see the recreational share of spencer gulf prawns is zero per cent Time to allocate 20 per cent to recs and allow us the tools to catch them ie allow dabbing of prawns in 0 to 1 metre of water with a hand held dab net A 9 litre bucket of prawns being the daily catch limit

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Rhett Gill

03 Mar 2020

I have more faith in the members of RecfishSA then the MRFAC.. Dont seem to hear much from MRFAC, glad to see they communicate with the rec anglers of SA.

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Rhett Gill

04 Mar 2020

Hi Rhett, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

John B > Rhett Gill

10 Mar 2020

Your not looking Rhett MRFAC have Boards on most forums , have a PIRSA page and their Own Facebook site.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Recreation-Spot/Ministers-Recreational-Fishing-Advisory-Council-110416027015258/

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Chris Gultjaeff

03 Mar 2020

You need to have real fishermen and women on this council not politicians or attention seekers you have to let people that actually go fishing have there say not pencil pushers and number crunchers and yes people

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Recreational Fishing Manager > Chris Gultjaeff

04 Mar 2020

Hi Chris, thank you for providing your input. Your feedback will be considered in the review of the draft management plan for recreational fishing in South Australia.

John B > Chris Gultjaeff

10 Mar 2020

Chris, every member of the MRFAC IS a Rec Fisher, no need to doubt that at all ?

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