I wanted to give you a quick update after I met with the GMA yesterday.
There will be no modification to the announced season. There will be no refund or credit of hunting license fees.
We discussed a number of issues of mutual interest. The key outcome we want is the quick implementation of an Adaptive Harvest Model that we can agree to, supported by data and sound science.
I raised our concerns about protestors and that I am worried that the current separation is not enough and that people are placing themselves in dangerous situations by being in the water and in the firing line of hunters. I call upon the government to address this public safety issue before somebody is severely injured or worse.
I have requested copies of documents related to the season setting process and a report into Blue Wing Shoveler prepared for the GMA. It is imperative that there is clarity around the season setting process and the restrictions placed on hunters. The provision of these documents would help us understand the decisions made and lift the veil of secrecy and lack of transparency that surrounds the current process. The requested documents have not been provided.
CEO, Field & Game Australia