Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Fly Fish with Mel: Fishing is NOT a Sport. Cybergaming IS!

What a sad turn of events!

A recent Straits Times report has cited that a new National Sports Association may be created to govern cybergaming yet a recent proposal for the creation of a Singapore Sports Fishery was given a cold shoulder as Fishing is not considered a sport.

You can follow the post in our local forum Proposal For Singapore Sports Fishery

So what is considered a sport here? Any event that leads to economical gains or that, which brings fame to Singapore?

Why is it that no one sees a potential gold mine sitting in our water resources? With freshwater species like, Peacock Bass, Snakehead, Jungle Perch and Giant Gourami, and saltwater species like, Tarpon, Barramundi, Ladyfish and Mangrove Jacks; we have the resources to effectively start a sport fishery.

The only thing we lack is a proper governing body to set out the rules and legislation, and to enforce these rules. Proper education will ensure that participants of the sport will learn to appreciate and care for the natural environment they are in. Catch limits can help to ensure a self-sustaining fish crop. Or a regular re-stocking programme can be instituted with funds from the sale of fishing licenses.

Fishing is one of the most popular pastime in the world. It is also one that contributes greatly to the economies of the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Maldives. It boosts the tourism industry, the retail industry and the hospitality industry.

So with all these justifications, can we now be considered a SPORT?

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