I kind of agree with the no trap option, would get rid of the passive fishing while people just sleep in their cats or camper vans while the nets are set. Maybe even get rid of sock nets entirely.
The license… In principal yes. But I can see it becoming just another revenue source and the license fee raising every year…. Maybe a $10 license for ‘Recreational’ and a $100 license for ‘Commercial’ could be introduced. The income should go towards enforcement and habitat improvements.
I also kind of agree with the requirement that whitebait should only be sold to licensed fish sellers. Would certainly help weed out any tax dodging taking place.
I can see both negatives and positives with the proposed changes.