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Netting must stop

Today I have witnessed commercial fisherman at Godfrey's Beach in Stanley dragging nets and catching a very large quantity of salmon.
Over the last couple of days my family and other locals and tourists have been enjoying blackback and cocky salmon that have been caught along the beach at Godfrey's very close to the shore, but today (14th June, 2011) we discovered commercial fisherman with a beach seine net, the same commercial fisherman that caught salmon in the Cam River, loading up fish in a 4-by-8 foot boxer trailer and their 4WD.
I believe this is not fair for the recreational fishers of Stanley,

Regards, (name supplied, but withheld)

When you have finished for the day, why not have a brag about the ones that didn't get away! Send Mike an article on your fishing (Click here for contact details), and we'll get it published here. Have fun fishing -

Turbidity in Arthurs Lake

The situation at Arthurs has come up a bit lately and from what we can tell the turbidity in most of the lake as increased very slightly (from 3 to around 5 ntu) due to increased algal growth, I would love to have this sort of turbidity reading for Sorell and Crescent which remain over 50 ntu and have been over 400 during the drought!. The most likely cause is increased nutrient availability following inundation of large areas of previously dry ground. The reports that I have received regarding the condition of fish in Arthurs have varied greatly and I suspect that this is due to a significant proportion of older fish in the lake at the moment, I don't think it has anything to do with the turbidity problem.
Most of this is best guess stuff that would require detailed investigation to get a definitive answer.
John Diggle, Inland Fisheries Director
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