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ABC WA Country Hour asks: Are aspects of fishing cruel?
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2012, 01:00:35 AM »
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On the menu: Salmon, estuary cod and fingermark. (Audience submitted)

Animal welfare issues are playing an increasing role in Australian agriculture, just ask anyone in the live export trade.
But could concern for the pain and suffering of animals also change another Australian industry and a very popular past time?

Dr Patrick Hone from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation, says around the world, welfare standards are starting to effect the way people fish.

"The recreational sector is looking overseas in this area, and we are aware that country's like Germany have banned catch and release," he said.

"So Germany is saying we don't want to see fish feeling pain and therefore want to move to a process where people just fish for consumption,

"So there's a lot of things happening and we need to respond with good science and good policy to make it work."

Andrew Rowland is the CEO of Recfishwest, the peak recreational fishing body in Western Australia.

"I think there's fundamental differences between the way humans perceive fear and pain and go through emotions than that of much, much lesser order animals such as fish," he said.

"We have codes of practice, Recfishwest as the peak body, is rightly involved in the national strategy for the post release survival of fish.

"We promote fish friendly gear such as knotless landing nets and barbless hooks, we run fishing clinics around the countryside of Western Australia teaching kids how to fish and a large part of that is catch care and looking after the fish,

"We have rules over here in Western Australia obviously such as bag limits and size limits so there is a requirement under the legislation to release fish which are caught and it's all about making the most and taking the greatest amount of care of those fish, so handling them gently, working quite fast when they're out of the water, using fish friendly gear to minimise the damage and maximise the post release survival of those fish."

By Belinda Varischetti and Liz Trevaskis

Monday, 18 June  2012
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