Warren Lynam

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Change needed in fishery management

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Change needed in fishery management

RECREATIONAL fishers along the Clarence River need to get off their butts and lobby our State politicians (local and Minister For Primary Industries/Fisheries) for the same approach to be taken in the management of the Clarence River Fishery as has been the case in Sydney Harbour (Sunday Telegraph, Feb 14).

Of the State's river systems, the Clarence is the longest, yet it has the smallest area of Recreational Fishing Haven (i.e. areas closed to commercial fishers) together with the highest number of commercial licences.

Just as with Sydney Harbour, the Clarence River ecosystem has degraded through commercial fishing activities to the point where the fishery is under threat.

The success seen in Sydney Harbour has been mirrored in other river systems throughout the State; each of these have been provided reasonable and realistic areas of Recreational Fishing Haven.

Over a period of at least five years advice has been given by the past two State fishery ministers that extension to the Clarence River Recreational Fishing Havens would be given consideration.

Yet nothing has occurred to date.

The region no longer depends as it has in the past on commercial fishing, rather it has seen an ever-increasing importance and reliance on tourism.

Why can't residents, visitors to and the recreational fishers of the Clarence be treated like those associated with other river systems throughout the State.

Change is what we need, we need to protect our fishery and our future!

Tom Weiers, Iluka



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