News today is Snapper stocks off the South Qld coast are dwindling. This news comes to hand with the closure of certain zones off the coast in Twenty Eleven. Here is an excerpt from one of our Ministers
Today, Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Rural and Regional Queensland Tim Mulherin announced a six week interim closure to help reduce fishing pressure on Queensland’s overfished snapper stock. The closure will be put in place along the Queensland east coast early next year making snapper, teraglin and pearl perch off limits until new management arrangements can be finalised.
“The interim closure from 15 February to 31 March 2011 is immediate action to protect and rebuild snapper stocks,” Mr Mulherin said.
“The interim closure applies to all sectors – commercial, recreational and charter.
“Snapper, teraglin and pearl perch should not be targeted during this time and if incidentally caught should be returned to the water immediately.
Read Minister Mulherin’s full statement here
How can you help in assuring our children will be ale to enjoy our oceans bounty long after we’re gone? We can search out and find other fish that are worthy of our plates. Fish that are not under threat…fish that has been forgotten about.:
Sardines – A fish super rich in nutrients. Sardines are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. Recent studies suggest that regular consumption of omega-3 fatty acids reduces the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease. These fatty acids may also help lower blood sugar levels a small amount. They are also a good source of vitamin D, calcium, B12, and protein. More popular as a table fish in countries such as Morrocco, Italy, Greece and Spain. I absolutely love sardines. They are so versatile and extremely flavoursome.
Luderick (Blackfish) – These guys get a bad wrap when it comes to eating, though they are awesome fighters if you be a fisherman. Some feel it has a slightly muddy taste as they are predominately vegetarians. They bode well with brash flavours, curry etc and also make good fish cakes. But do not overlook their eating ability especially when you are choosing a fish that is sustainable.
Other finfish to consider
- Mullet, Whiting, Garfish and Mackerel