Newcastle:Hook in the hand prompts call for action on hairtail fishers


KATHY Williams admits that when an angler’s fish hook lodged in her hand on the boardwalk near Honeysuckle Drive, all she suffered was a “minor, minor injury”.

But she says a principle is at stake.

Ms Williams, of Carrington, walks to work along the boardwalk and, last week, was caught by a hook as a fisherman cast off near Lee Wharf.

“It is a minor, minor injury, but when you’re dodging at least 50 to 70 rods it’s dangerous,” she said.

“That walkway is utilised by a lot of people – families, people on bikes.”

The crowds chasing the migrating hairtail to Newcastle have thinned in the past fortnight, but anglers still trickle to the harbour’s edge to fish into the night.

Ms Williams said she had contacted the boardwalk’s owner the Hunter Development Corporation, the Department of Primary Industries and the police about the hook incident.

Hunter Development Corporation general manager Bob Hawes said the bumper hairtail season had been “unprecedented from our point of view”.

“It’s not an easy one,” Mr Hawes said.

“We would implore users of the area to respect the laws and the rights of other people.”

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