Beautiful isn't it? Pity that at this time of year it is plagued by thousands of jet skis, hire boats, sailboats from hobie cats to schooners, look-how-rich-I-am power boats, wake-boarders, kids swimming & kite-boarders.
It's that time of the year again when assmunchers from Australia wide migrate to my little patch for summer holidays.
For those who came in late, I am a Fish Pig. A fisheries officer. This means I am responsible for enforcing fisheries and maritime safety legislation on a little patch of the Queensland coast.
I really struggle with it at times.
I recognise that our fisheries resources need to be protected by laws, that those laws need to be backed with penalties, and need to be enforced.
I also understand that we have entirely to many preventable catastrophes on the water, thus there needs to be legislation, penalties for non compliance and enforcement.
The other side of the coin is the buttmunchers in head office have little or no idea how things go down at water level. Recently they re-jigged the penalty regimen, promptly followed by the government upping a penalty unit from $75 to $100. This now means that I am supposed to give you a $300 on the spot fine if your crab pot sports a marker float that is smaller than the required 150mm in diameter. Are they high? I'd no more do that then fly backwards 'round the sun. Also many of the people I deal with are on holidays. If they fail to notice a speed limit sign, I take $200 from their holiday fun budget. They recently changed the Australian Standard on what makes a PFD (Lifejacket to you) up to standard. They told no one about this change. Now I am required, instructed, directed to lighten your wallet by $200 if yours are not fully up to spec. I strongly believe that boating & fishing is the most over-regulated recreations - even the sporting shooters don't have this much crap.
So where is this rant going?
I have to sting nice people who are ignorant with the same stick as the powerassholes. I get abused regularly as part of my job, suck it up Bob. One of the best to date was "I bet you were the kind of kid I put in the bin at high school." How does one respond to this professionally?
Then I get the nice people who say "She's right mate, your just doing your job." Take a guess who is easier to book.
I actually got busted providing particularly deserving people with the "Correct Answers" to get them out of a ticket. The brother I work most often with strongly advised me to stop doing this as I would surely end up on the pointy end of a stick before long.
In short between December 1 & Febuary 10 people suck.