Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Fishing Ban Not the Way

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Fishing Ban Not the Way

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IAN FAIL has been fishing locally for more than 50 years; his son Robert for 30. The pair believe establishing a Commonwealth marine reserve, stretching from Brooms Head to Hat Head, and imposing a blanket ban on fishing in the area, is a bad move.

Both prefer a managed resource where sustainability and balance are the key.

"There's people in Canberra making these decisions but they haven't got to live with this," Robert said yesterday.

"There's no real knowledge or wisdom in this decision and I don't know where they're getting their information from but it's wrong.

"It should be locals making these decisions, not highly educated people out of university who don't know the situation here."

Mr Ian Fail said he believes part of the solution would be a ban on netting and trapping in estuaries. Shutting out all fishing a commercial and recreational a was not the answer.

"I believe the prawners should be put off the coast further, mainly because the amount of other fish they trap in the nets is phenomenal," he said. …

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