jim, you're obviously a passionate and very sensible man.
therefore its extremely likely your views will be ignored
i admire your persistence but i gotta say fishing is just nice to get away from the phone and i agree whole heartedly, it's an "I'm alright jack attitude"
its just exhausting worrying about this stuff and so i just zoned out and thought, these decisions are sooooooooo soooooo stupid, they will obviously never change .
to look at it in another way though. of the 4 million who fish, i'd say 3,900,000 are really just dabblers who wouldnt even know what a green zone or a commercial fisherman was.
of the 100,000 left about 50,000 are just blokes who want an excuse to drink grog with their mates and use fishing as a cover to keep the missus from banning them from the pub. they'd probably be just as happy at the pub.
what to do.
here's a few suggestions. i love fish, not to eat but i really like them, like some people like cats or dogs. i presume greenies like fish (in the way they probably like pandas and orangatangs)
greenies should be our friend , not our enemy. so the first thing to do is to form an alliance with the greenies.
passionate people like you understand the ecosystem and the greenies should be beating a path to your door for advice. we need to be their "eyes and ears"
secondly re commercials, taking away someones livelihood is going to cause them to become a lot more passionate than taking away someones hobby. so i feel they have to be dealt with in a different way.
the problem is really that bad practices make them rich and good practices dont. its simply in their own economic interest to take as much as possible and sell to the highest bidder. sort of like if you let farmers go and round up cattle anywhere. no incentive really to put stuff back. i sort of see the rediculousness of this when i watch the trawlers in the logan clearing there nets after tehy unload the prawns and tossing the bycatch into the river as they chug along with 200 angry birds swooping down on the poor little blighters. like i say, i feel bad for those little fellows.
just need a compulsory redundancy. paid for out of the following...
the ammount of income (gst and income tax) generated by the rec fishing industry is more than enough to compensate the commercial guys.. over 1,000,000 boats registered in qld at $300 to $1000 a pop. and you dont have to build road infrastructure on the seas or fill in potholes. mother nature does it all for you.
particularly with the fall in retail sales and the 2 speed economy, employing people in these areas for rec fishing has got to be better than any income from commercial guys.
i was at the airport friday nite and the place was abuzz with guys in blue overalls and flouro tops coming back from the mines for the weekend. now, the greens may listen to an arguement that getting a good rec industry in north qld and the pilbara may stop all these young single males flying back and forth to cities every weekend(to drink away their pay) and will also help the local indigenous fishing charter industries they should set up . win win.
anyway jim, gotta fly, interesting topic. never knew about the mullett roe and go anywhere, never knew about the russians.
i do know about the tractors pulling tailor off the beaches on straddie. $1 a kilo for cat food. amazing when 100,000 tourists visit fraser each year and are happy to keep the local economy afloat in harvey bay and a lot go there to target the tailor.
as for a political presence. maybe a fishing union. craig thompson used to run a union and he will be needing a job next year. we can all chip in $50 and that should keep him well looked after. really need our colleagues in canberra like brother wah to take this direct to julia. come on paddy, get her involved in fishing man.
i know you took dave taylor out fishing paddy , so he should have pre stretched the hobie seat to accomodate our glorious leaders generous booty.