Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Enough to Give You the Pip

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Enough to Give You the Pip

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WE AS a nation are often willing to wage a war when up against animal rights or the extinction of our world's most beautiful creatures but often some of our lesser observed creatures go unnoticed and disappear without a whisper.

This is the case of the pippi, also known as eugari, which is a sand dwelling mollusc used as an original food source for the coastal aboriginal people.

These unassuming creatures have been on our tidal shores and part of the Australian culture forever and now they are disappearing dramatically due to over fishing and uncontrolled bag limits.

It has been observed that numbers have dropped dramatically over the past 10 years due to the number of restaurateurs and recreational fisherman who have caught on to the many uses of the pippi. With no size limits, a bag limit of 50 and the increased numbers of visitors to our sunny shores every year there is no surprise they are vanishing at a dramatic rate.

The problem is not the one or two that might be used to cast a line but it is those people taking, say 50, pippis for their own use or for the collective use to cook and sell in restaurants.

With hundreds of 4WDs heading to our coastal destinations such as Fraser Island and Double Island point every weekend, the pippi doesn't stand a chance. The fisheries departments are aware of the problem but nothing has been done to resolve because they don't see it as a big enough issue. Pippis need a chance to regenerate and something needs to be done now.

R. BLANDFORD

Maroochydore

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