5. SUPPORTING AND ENCOURAGING ACTIVITIES THAT PRESERVE, RESTORE AND ENHANCE FISHERIES AND FISH HABITAT
- We are all dependent on healthy ecosystems. Habitat destruction and modification resulting from human activities presents a continuing threat to the maintenance of fish stocks and the availability of other species such as shell fish, rock lobsters and crabs.
Preserving, restoring and enhancing fisheries and fish habitat means:
- Recognising the fragility and environmental diversity of streamside vegetation, seagrass, mangroves, and reefs
- Being aware of zoning in Marine Protected Areas
- Participating where possible in scientific, educational and community programs that benefit the sustainability of our fish resources
- Participating where possible in the collection of recreational catch and effort data
- Participating where possible in research, rehabilitation and monitoring programs such as Fishcare, Coastcare, Waterwatch,
Rivercare, Landcare and fish tagging programs
- Educating others, especially children, in sustainable fishing practices and humane fishing, handling and killing practices
- Becoming familiar with the life cycles of fish and other aquatic fauna
- Keeping a safe distance from aquatic wildlife, including birds, to minimise disturbance.
- Never using non-native fish as live bait or introducing fish from one catchment to another, especially exotic fish.