Please don’t leave dead fish for the birds

Lesley-Anne Walker contributed this reminder about good fishing etiquette:

Several beach walkers have mentioned to me the fish skeletons left on the beach…

These are generally from people with their kontikis who gut and fillet their catch before they go back home.

Fishers should take a spade down and at least bury the remains and not let them get floating about in the water where people swim or where you could stand on them in the shallows.

It’s a simple thing to do.

Leaving them for the seagulls is laziness and thoughtless to those who want a swim.

It’s just good fishing etiquette.

We’ve all probably stumbled across fish skeletons like this on the beach … sometimes half a dozen or more at a time. So, fishing folks: add a spade to your equipment pile and please bury the bits you’re not taking home.

2 thoughts on “Please don’t leave dead fish for the birds”

  1. Just for the record, the fish remains near the river mouth could have come from a boatie as their was a group who set up a filleting station a the waters edge after they had trailered their boat.

    Usual residence: NZ

  2. Last week, when boogie boarding at the beach near the second entrance from Strathnaver, we tripped over and nearly got tangled up in a kontiki line which was running diagonally down the beach. It was incredibly dangerous and it would be quite possible for someone to get garrotted while coming in on a wave. The risk for a child would be even greater. We were forced to stop swimming.

    We were about 100 metres down the beach from the winch – I have always assumed that the line goes fairly directly out to sea – is that not the case?

    I would suggest that people who have driven on to the beach to fish and therefore can easily move, should have the courtesy to drive further down the beach away from where people are swimming.

    Ella

    Usual residence: Waikawa

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