Young fish killed

CONCERN has once again been raised about commercial fishing practices in the Clarence River.

The latest protest has been sparked by a report of than 50 juvenile fish dead in the water and floating near Browns Rocks.

Owner of Grafton fishing tackle shop, Gone Fishin’, John Williams, said that on Wednesday a customer came in with the concerning story.

“He said that at least 50 twelve-inch jewfish were dead in the water. This is yet another reason that commercial fishing should be banned from the Clarence River,” Mr Williams said.

According to Mr Williams, commercial fishermen are supposed to use nets equipped with escape hatches.

“In my opinion, either the hatches aren’t working, or the fishermen aren’t using the right gear,” he said.

“There really is no excuse for destroying breeding stock and to senselessly remove juvenile creatures with a great potential for growth from the river.”

The Clarence River Fishermen’s Co-operative and NSW Fisheries were not available for comment.



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