New pipi laws needed

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New pipi laws needed

Congratulations: Colin Suggett is congratulated by Cr Kieran Kennedy for again taking up the position of president for the Tarwin Lower Venus Bay Association.

PIPI collecting was the outstanding issue at the Tarwin Lower Venus Bay Association annual general meeting on Saturday.
Committee member Beverley Walker presented findings from recent research into the situation and called for tougher regulations.
“The current harvesting of pipis on the Venus Bay beaches is unsustainable and rules need to be put in place,” she said.
A petition initiated by the Venus Bay Community Reference Group was presented to the meeting and included recommendations to the Legislative Assembly of Victoria.
The petition called for seven new regulations to be put in place: catch size be reduced to two litres (with shell), a minimum pipi size be set at 45mm with a count limit of no more than 100, and a fisheries officer supplied to the Venus Bay beaches during the peak season.
Also included in the petition were: on the spot fines for unlicensed shore fishers, rules on the use of pipis for bait and regulations on the stress of current infrastructure such as toilets, bins and car-parking.
Ms Walker explained the research done by Lewis Zac, a researcher from Deakin and Melbourne universities, discovered there are no adult sized pipis left on any Venus Bay beaches.
“Without these adult pipis, it is hard for the population to grow and continue on our beaches,” she told the meeting.
“Even the collectors know that there is a shortage of larger pipis. When I questioned one collector about his bucket of small sized pipis, he said there were no big ones left.”
Other members of the community added their concerns about the influx of pipi collectors.
These included the lack of parking and cars parked illegally, blocking access for emergency
vehicles.
Safety on the beach was another issue, with the holes left behind by collectors riddling the beach and making it easy to trip and roll ankles.
“We will be working hard to get these things in place for next season to ensure the future of the pipi on our beaches,” Ms Walker said.
“It is a vital part of our ecosystem and cannot be lost.”

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