Dob in crab killers

EXCUSE me for getting crabby.

Today's front page story and photo is a blatant case of recreational crabbers breaking the law and getting away with it.

The logical explanation for more than 20 dumped male mud crabs (all tied) at the Port Alma boat ramp is the person/people who caught them feared getting caught themselves.

On face value there is no reason to point the finger of blame at the commercial sector.

Professionals have no total catch limit and no individual catch limit.

Recreational crabbers on the other hand are restricted by a take and possession limit of 10 (Queensland tidal waters).

So what, or who, startled the catcher/s of these legal-sized bucks?

That we may never know. If something else has transpired here, I'm all ears.

There are no excuses for abusing fisheries resources and considering what's currently transpiring in Gladstone, its all the more disturbing.

You can only pressure a resource for so long before it cracks.

I wrote last week about how Rockhampton Regional Council appears powerless to stop illegal fishing at the Fitzroy River Barrage.

The public cannot be disheartened by a lack of action and must continue reporting suspicious activity to authorities.

In the case of the crabs, the appropriate authority is the Queensland Government's department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.



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