There’s a catchphrase floating around fishing communities across Australia these days.
And it’s one that may have caught the attention of the NSW government.
Fishing gear that comes with a catch label is, of course, a no-no.
It indicates that the gear is not sustainable, but that it can be used in certain situations.
The catch label, for example, states: “No fish bait can be substituted for live bait”.
The catch labeling has become increasingly popular in recent years with consumers wanting to make sure their gear doesn’t come with a “catch label” and the catch itself can be taken as a joke.
The NSW Government’s catch label policy has been criticised as an unnecessary restriction on the fishery, with some saying it’s a step back for the sport.
But some fishing experts say the catch label isn’t such a big deal.
What is the catch language?
The catch language is actually used by some of the world’s top fishers, including world champions, to communicate what species they catch.
The term is derived from the way they catch the fish in the first place.
For example, a Japanese fisherman may refer to a large, long-nosed fish as “machi”, a large fish that’s a little larger than a man, or the Japanese word for “small fish”.
For more information on catch language and the various catch labels in the world of fishing, visit our Fishing Linguistics page.
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