GET SET TO WAIT: If you're heading to Noosa's north shore, you won't be alone. Locals are urging visitors to go easy on the pippies.
GET SET TO WAIT: If you're heading to Noosa's north shore, you won't be alone. Locals are urging visitors to go easy on the pippies. Contributed

Camping chaos: 800 cars expected up the beach for Easter

CAMPERS will begin flocking onto Noosa's north shore from today with the 2500 places at the Teewah camping ground fully booked for the Easter break.

Noosa River Ferries operator Cliff Andreassen said both barges would be operating from Thursday when at least 800 vehicles carrying beach campers were expected to cross the river.

Good Friday morning will also be flat out before slowing down around the high tide.

Mr Andreassen said camper numbers would be doubled by people accessing other forms of accommodation with pressure compounded again by day trippers.

He said most would be gone by Monday.

Freshwater camping ground is also full as is the Noosa Northshore Camping ground for March 25, 26 and 27 and again on the April 1-2 weekend.

Powered sites are sold out until April 10.

Which is better: Camping during peak periods or when no one else is around?

This poll ended on 30 March 2016.

Current Results

Christmas and Easter. Crowds and socialising are part of the appeal.

4%

Off peak. The whole point of camping is to get away from the crowds.

86%

I don't like camping at any time.

9%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The influx comes as a group of long-time residents and beach users have called for stricter bag limits and size restrictions on pippies being harvested along the 50km of beach between Noosa Heads and Double Island Point.

Neil Summerson said the beach was being "raped" by people taking pippies in large numbers that are ending up on the menu in Asian restaurants across Brisbane.

Mr Summerson said fisheries officers were doing their best but were severely understaffed. One group caught taking more than the current bag limit of 50 per person had been fined $1500.

"If you have a 4WD with eight people in it they can take 400 pippies," Mr Summerson said.

A two-hour meeting at Teewah agreed to launch a petition calling for a reduction in bag limits to 30 per person and only 100 per car and a minimum width across the shell of 35mm.

It is feared plummeting pippie numbers may leave anglers with not only no bait but no fish to catch either.

The group wants the changes made along the entire east coast and has already had calls of support from Stradbroke and Bribie islands.

"With more and more people everything is under pressure. Worm stocks and fishing stocks are also under pressure," Mr Summerson said.

The e-Petition to the Queensland Parliament has attracted 130 signatures in the past week.

Go to http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/petitions/e-petition?PetNum=2565



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