A 25 per cent drop in expiations for fishers caught doing the wrong thing highlights the failed approach of the State Government to protecting fish stocks.
Freedom of Information documents show that inspectors from Fisheries SA fined or issued just 290 expiation notices in 2014/15 compared with 390 in 2013/14. The amount in fines dropped from nearly $86,000 to $69,000 in the same period.
The State Liberals are urging recreational fishers to attend the only meeting in metropolitan Adelaide tonight to have their voices heard on a range of proposed measures, including changes to size, bag and boat limits.
The State Government has put forward a proposed reduction in bag limits for several species including Garfish, Blue Swimmer Crabs, Tommy Ruff and major changes to the way King George Whiting can be fished.
Public concern at the Weatherill Government’s controversial new bag, boat and size limits for recreational fishers has forced a change of venue for the first public meeting to be held in Port Lincoln tonight.
Originally planned for the Lincoln Marine Science Centre, the meeting has been moved to a bigger venue, the Port Lincoln Hotel, to accommodate a much larger than expected crowd.
The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government to put forward a tangible business case to access more than $90 million in Commonwealth irrigation funding which has been untouched since 2011.
The Private Irrigation Infrastructure Program for South Australia (PIIP-SA) was created in 2009 with $110 million allocated to the program and almost $20 million was expended in the early rounds.
The State Liberals have welcomed the historic release of 40,000 Murray cod fingerlings into the River Murray today.
Shadow Minister for Recreation and Member for Chaffey Tim Whetstone, who was on hand for the release, said the State Government must now develop and implement a long term management plan for the 40,000 Murray cod fingerlings released at Kingston-On-Murray and Swan Reach in the Riverland today.
Tickets to tomorrow night’s sold out Big Bash semi-final at Adelaide Oval have been on-sold for more than five times the original value as opportunists take advantage of the Weatherill Labor Government’s failure to crack down on scalpers.
Less than two hours after tickets to the Adelaide Strikers and Sydney Thunder semi-final went on sale to the general public, scalpers were selling multiple adult general admission tickets for more than five times the original price.
The Weatherill Government has today used its Parliamentary numbers to block legislation to establish an independent inquiry into water prices.
“The refusal of the Weatherill Labor Government to submit water prices in South Australia to independent scrutiny confirms Labor levies a hidden tax on water,” said Acting Shadow Minister for Water Tim Whetstone.