But the pro?s say there is no need

By ADRIAN MILLER

THE current level of fish being caught from the Clarence River is sustainable and banning mesh-net fishing is unnecessary, a fishing industry representative said yesterday.

Clarence River Professional Fisherman's Association industry representative John McGuren said the management plan for the Clarence River was sound and sustainable.

"Net fishing in the Clarence River forms part of the NSW estuary general fishery and is managed under a comprehensive Fishery Management Strategy (FMS)," he said.

"An assessment of the management arrangements contained in the FMS by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage found that the fishery is operating 'in an ecologically sustainable way' and awarded it the highest level of ecological accreditation that they can give."

Mr McGuren said these arrangements were continually monitored to ensure the peak operating performance of the fishery.

"A key element of these management arrangements is that they are adaptable and capable of controlling, monitoring and enforcing the level of take in the fishery," he said.

Mr McGuren said the industry enjoyed a close relationship with the Valley's recreational anglers and was willing to work in partnership with them to ensure the continued survival of the fisheries resources.



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