THE continued slaughter of marlin by the long line fleet is creating a lot of anger and disappointment in rec fishing circles. The vast majority of Aussie sport and gamefishermen are vehemently opposed to the commercial exploitation of iconic gamefish like marlin – turning these majestic fish into sushi is not sustainable, nor does it do anything for our international environmental credibility. Furthermore, it’s a total waste of a resource that has far more value in socio-economic terms as a recreational-only target.
Fishing World, along with many concerned anglers, is actively campaigning against the commercial exploitation of marlin by organizing protest letters to federal ministers and also arranging a local version of the successful “Take Marlin Off The Menu” campaign being run by the IGFA in the US. See HERE for more details.