There’s reasons for limits

I recently went fishing with my son at Thompson Beach. We walked out for what seemed like kilometres (low tide).

Although we didn’t catch much it was fantastic out there, the water was so clear we could see an array of aquatic animals from small rays, various species of fish and crabs all going about their business in their search for food or shelter.

What a fantastic environment we have within our region.

As we waded our way back to the car a person whom was crabbing close to the shoreline said to me there was an inspector nearby.

As I got to my car the inspector (Fisheries officer) asked if we had any luck, unfortunately we did not.

As I was talking to him I mentioned about some of the concerns residents from some of the coastal communities are having, involving people taking crabs that were under-sized and more than their legal bag limit.

I heard recently that a person was caught with 340 crabs in the boot of his car and only three were of legal size.

As we talked the inspector asked a person to empty out his bucket.

He had about 30 crabs ranging in size with a number well under size.

The person proceeded to tell the inspector that he didn’t know what the legal size or bag limit was.

It was reassuring to hear he was about to receive a fine. As a child, my parents would take me crabbing at several of the beaches within our region.

It was opportunities like this that help develop our understanding of our environments and of the animals within it.

If we want our children to have the same opportunities to experience the biodiversity around us, then behaviours such as I have described have to stop.

We all need to manage our natural resources in a sustainable manner. Bag limits and size limits are there for a reason.

Whether you believe the size or bag limits are justified (or not) – they are based on the best available science of the day.

To sustain a population of any species requires a species to reach maturity so reproduction can take place within the following seasons.

Taking the smaller/young crabs will reduce future populations of this species.

Within Gulf St Vincent the minimum size for a blue swimmer crab is 11cm across carapace and the maximum bag limit is 20.

Please be aware of these limits before catching or collecting any animals from our environment.

When people take illegal sized animals from these environments we all lose.

If you are aware of these kinds of behaviours please contact the fisheries, police or council.

The future of our local wildlife depends on all of us. I believe anything is possible when people work together.

Snake workshops useful

• Last month our Landcare group ran three snake awareness workshops, which was supported by Mallala and Light councils and the Adelaide Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board and attended by about 50 people.

I am a firm believer in the more knowledge we have the better informed decisions we can then make.

These sessions were a practical introduction to local snakes, how to recognise snake hazards, what to do about them and what to do if an accident happens, presented by Geoff Coombe from Adelaide Snake Catchers.

Ethan, who was at the Mallala workshop, felt so comfortable he was quite happy for this photo to be taken with this carpet python under supervision from Geoff.

Make use of E Waste service

• I have seen many dumped TVs and monitors around our region; it doesn’t have to be that way. Our council has a Free-E Waste collection centre for all  old TV’s and Monitors at the Two Wells Transfer Station on Wednesdays 1.30 -3.30pm, Saturday’s 8.00am – 10.00am or Sundays 10.30am – 12.30pm or  Mallala Resource Recovery Centre on Thursday’s 1.30 – 3.30pm, Saturdays 10.30am – 12.30pm or Sundays 8.00am – 10.00am.

This is a free service so please take advantage of it. When people value our environment we all win.

Email Two Wells Lewiston & Districts Landcare Group at pat.wake@tafesa.edu.au for more information.

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