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Fishing for the Future

Posted on: June 22, 2012

Fishing rules are complex, there’s no doubt about it.  Some of the regulations you may need to be aware of include (but are not limited to):

  • Daily bag limits
  • Possession limits
  • Minimum size limits
  • Totally protected species
  • Closed seasons
  • Gear restrictions, and
  • Licences.

Kids love to go a throw a line in the water, but how many of your students are aware of the myriad of rules that need to adhere to?

In Activity 3 from our Fishing for the Future lesson plan, students will use the ‘real’ rules and regulations to analyse a ‘catch’.  Using the Recreational Fishing Guides, students will work out whether fish in their ‘catch’ are of legal minimum size and within their bag limit, therefore complying with the regulations. 

Of course, before students can do this, they first need to identify their catch!  In Activity 2, students use the Species Identification Guide to create a profile on a particular species.  Why not take this a step further and use the students’ findings to develop a Species Identification poster for your region.  You may also like to ask students to research the juvenile of the species they complete their profile on.  Many juveniles are quite different to the adult of the species and may even be confused with adults of a totally different species, such as juvenile Australian salmon and adult Herring!

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