Jumping mad over mullet


AS a new resident to Oyster Cove, John Spinks couldn't believe what he was witnessing.

On the small lake in the development commercial fishermen were netting for mullet. Mr Spinks, whose house backs onto the lake, said it was crazy.

"The place is only 50 metres wide and they've come through three nights running and taken their nets and dragged the place completely and utterly," he said.

"This morning (Wednesday) I've seen two mullet jump and normally there's 422 mullet jumping around, so they've just drained the whole bloody thing out."

Mr Spinks said he realised the fishermen were acting legally, but believed their access to the lake should be banned. He said he was pre- paring a petition to take to the highest level to have access to the lake reduced.

"I'm quite prepared to take it a bit further," he said.

"I'm going to write to the minister and we can get petitions and kick up a bit of a stink and get the area closed off."

But Clarence River Fishermen's Co-op acting chairman Steve Everson said a petition was going overboard.

"I don't think there's any need for petitions, they should just be talking to the right people so common sense prevails," he said.

"I'd rather see that they talk to me if there were any dramas because we are always approachable and willing to work with anybody.

"We need to talk it through, but I don't see the need to be going into those places, the majority of fishermen thought it was closed anyway," he said.

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