Clarence fishers reject govt reforms

CLARENCE Valley fishers warn any attempts from the State Government to "bulldoze through" unpopular reforms will provoke a vigorous response from the industry.

The industry is waiting the next step from the government after its reform package, two years in the making, was rejected virtually unanimously at regional fisheries meetings from Sydney to Tweed Heads.

Clarence fisher Steve Everson spoke at a meeting at the Maclean Showground on Thursday where 101 local fishers voted unanimously to reject the government's reform package.

"I told them at the meeting that this isn't over just because we voted against it," Mr Everson said.

"This still has a timetable to run and it's in the proposal that (the NSW Department of Primary Industries) can make a decision even if we're against it.

"I don't think they will try to bulldoze it through now, just before an election. If they did I think the industry would react pretty strongly against it."

Mr Everson said local members of industry group the Professional Fishermen's Association met on Saturday to discuss their position.

"Fisheries have got to go back to the drawing board now," he said.

"What they presented to us was not financially viable."

Mr Everson said Clarence Valley fishers were prepared to offer reform suggestions, but they wanted those suggestions treated fairly.



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