After a three month campaign by the 780+ members of the Melbourne-based Project Banjo action group, Fisheries Victoria has invited public feedback on a draft Fisheries Notice outlining proposed amendments to regulations pertaining to the killing of rays, skates and guitarfish in Victoria.
Author PT Hirschfield
Recreational scuba divers have regularly been forced to euthanise banjo sharks that have been caught, mutilated and thrown back beneath the piers of Port Phillip Bay, Melbourne.
Following the well-publicised killing of a huge resident smooth ray on 2 April at Rye Pier Melbourne, that sparked a petition of over 26,000 signatures to ban the killing of rays in Port Phillip Bay, another attack occurred at the same pier on Wednesday evening, 3 May. Four fiddler rays (more commonly known as ‘banjo sharks’) were caught by an unidentified individual on the pier before being dealt a severe cranial split.