Thursday, August 23, 2012

Under sized Paua

Its not unusual to find Paua shells up to 4 cm on the beach, as these smaller ones are prime targets for Crayfish, Blue Cod and any other fish that can prize them off a rock. But anything larger than that generally requires the strenth of a human carrying a Paua knife. So when I found several of these shells at Makara beach within a few meters of each other it looked like a case of someone taking undersized paua.
Its a real shame that people are still doing this as there only shooting themselves in the foot. If any fish doesn't get to maturity then it doesn't breed and that's the point of the minimum size rules. If every fish we take from the sea has at least had the chance to reproduce then we all get to go fishing tomorrow. Its that simple.

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