True, although I think there's more to it than merely informing them there are
limits and protected species. It would be a bit hard to accept that what was
an essential food/income source in your country of origin is not to be touched
here. They must think we're crazy.
And, especially where the species are worth money, e.g. abalone, it is of
course not restricted to "recent arrivals".
Rob Geraghty wrote on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 12:25 PM:
> --- On Wed, 5/27/09, Helen Larson <> wrote:
>> Outside reserves, birds have largely been eaten (literally) and
>> hunting with rifle is a tourist sport in Tam Dao. I was very polite
>> to the 5 guys I met with rifles, they proudly showed me dead birds
>> and squirrel and half-dead ashy drongo.
> This seems to be a problem in many Asian countries. I suspect that
> new immigrants to Australia from Asia need to be educated regarding
> the protected status of many birds and animals as well as size and
> catch limits on fish and... license requirements!
> I have seen many people of Asian descent fishing in Australia who
> clearly have no idea that there are any limits on size, species or
> quantity. It's probable that they don't know most Australian birds
> and animals are also protected. My wife is Chinese and her reaction
> to seeing many wild ducks on her first visit to Australia was "I want
> to eat them!".
> Mind you, neither am I impressed by born-and-bred Ozzies boasting
> about catching hundreds of fish they couldn't possibly eat and
> keeping them. The abusive clearing of pipis, crabs, seaweed and
> other food sources have been responsible for many bird species
> struggling to survive.
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