The State Government’s new size, bag and boat limits for King George Whiting come into effect tomorrow, Thursday 1 December.
The impacts the changes will have on our local small businesses and tourism industry are yet to be seen.
PIRSA, the lead agency responsible for implementing the changes, released a Regional Impact Assessment Statement (RAIS) – Management of the King George Whiting Fishery yesterday, 29 November, which coincidentally coincided with the same day Notice of Motion in Parliament from the Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone condemning the State Government for not undertaking such an assessment prior to announcing the new limits (which I formally requested of Minister Bignell back in April prior to any decisions being made).
The 8-page document outlines the basis of the decision to introduce changes to the management of King George Whiting in the Spencer Gulf and Gulf St Vincent.
With 277,000 recreational fishers in South Australia and significant economic benefits, particularly in coastal towns, the industry is indeed an important one. The SA Liberals recognise the need to have sustainable fishing stocks for future generations to catch and any decisions on fish stock must be based on up-to-date data and information.
It certainly raises concerns about the process of PIRSA in undertaking true consultation using reliable data with the Goyder community.