The Clarence fishing industry would be destroyed by planned industry reforms, says local MP Chris Gulaptis.
The Clarence fishing industry would be destroyed by planned industry reforms, says local MP Chris Gulaptis.

Fishermen step up harvest of prawns

By ADRIAN MILLER

THE drought may be over for professional fishermen chasing prawns in the Clarence River.

Catches were lean when the season opened but the drought looks to have been broken, following heavy rain which flushed the river last week.

Trawlermen this week spread far and wide in the river in anticipation of bigger catches.

It's a case of something good coming from the bad for the Clarence Coast.

The heavy rain sent campers packing from holiday parks to cut short a bumper season over Christmas-New Year.

Now the fishermen get their chance to bring in enough catches to relieve the stress of running a boat in an expensive industry.

Up to 20 boats were on the Clarence River from Ulmarra to Palmers Island yesterday, in search of a bumper crop.

Prawner Steve Everson said the flush from the rain had allowed fishermen to extend their search areas.

He said the rain was welcome, but it was too early to tell if it had made a lasting impact.

"It's probably another week until it settles down and we get into any sort of pattern," he said.

"You only need one storm up the river now, on top of what we've had.

"Rain certainly makes it a lot easier for us."



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