News

New laws sink Clarence fisherman

The area with the black and white stripes indicates the new area where bait fishing will be prohibited.
The area with the black and white stripes indicates the new area where bait fishing will be prohibited.

STAN Young says he has never caught a grey nurse shark off of Solitary Island and he has never seen anyone else catch one there either.

Stan would know he has been fishing the area professionally for 34 years.

"I am probably in that area far more than any marine biologist, or fisheries employee, or marine parks employee," Mr Young said.

The regulations introduced by the Department of Primary Industries ban all bait fishing in the area off of North Solitary Island about 10km east of Wooli.

Mr Young added that he does not believe grey nurse shark numbers are falling.

"That's a joke," he said.

"I don't believe their numbers are dwindling at all, some years they come in and some years they don't."

The Hon Robert Brown of the Shooters and Fishers Party agreed with Mr Young saying the evidence suggesting that grey nurse sharks were endangered has largely been discredited.

"This is atrocious," he said.

"Based on the research that was done on Green Island and Fish Rock at South West Rocks I would want to have a very close look at the science that dictates this exclusion zone is needed."

He also questioned the scientific evidence that suggests grey nurse sharks were endangered.

"The so-called scientific studies over the past 10 years have completely overturned the early so-called scientific evidence that said grey nurse numbers were down to the low 100s," he said.

Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis also questioned the need for these regulations.

Both Mr Gulaptis and Mr Brown said they would be contacting the NSW Minister for the Department of Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson who is responsible for the actions of the fisheries department.

Ms Hodgkinson was not available to comment on this issue on Friday.

Neither Ms Hodgkinson nor the department of fisheries could confirm reports that commercial fisherman would still be able to use lead-lines in the proposed sanction area to target kingfish and snapper.

Topics:  environment, grey nurse shark, primary industries, shark, solitary island marine park




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Sean Lake pumped to make it a Grafton to Inverell three-peat

TRIPLE CROWN: Avanti Isowhey Sports Team rider Sean Lake is looking to make it three Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classics in a row tomorrow.

“I will be the strongest I have ever been heading into the race"

Armed robbery in South Grafton

The Coles Express Service Station on Bent St in South Grafton was held up by an armed robbery on Thursday night, 5th of May, 2016.Photo Bill North / Daily Examiner

18-year-old to face court charged with armed robbery

10 Things To Do This Weekend

Will Purcell on Rock Solid. Rural Weekly Live Series PBR Bull Ride.  Saturday 5 Mar , 2016.

Super Saturday in the Clarence Valley

Latest deals and offers

Rohan Markham - PBR Grafton competitor

No Caption

23-year-old Rohan Markham from Ravenshoe, Queensland is one of the 40 professional...

Sam O'Connor - PBR Grafton competitor

No Caption

25-year-old Sam O'Connor from Tully, Queensland is one of the 40 professional bull...

Matt Pfingst - PBR Grafton competitor

No Caption

21-year-old Matt Pfingst from Texas, Queensland is one of the 40 professional bull...

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

VIDEO: Art Deco fan pays $835,000 for Imperial Hotel

No Caption

Iconic "Impy" sold at a bargan price to bidder who loves Art Deco.

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances