Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Prawn Industry A[euro][approximately]safe'; Study Says School Prawn Fishing Sustainable

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Prawn Industry A[euro][approximately]safe'; Study Says School Prawn Fishing Sustainable

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Byline: ROSS KENDALL newsroom@dailyexaminer.com.au

DESPITE a ahigh exploitationa rate the school prawn industry on the Clarence River is sustainable according to a report from the Department of Primary Industries.

The four-year study was undertaken to assess the health of school prawn stocks, and in particular to learn how fast prawns grow, as well as how many die from natural causes and fishing. It looked at school prawn population s in the Clarence River and in the Wallis Lake, near Taree.

aOur work has shown that while the school prawn fishery has definitely been heavily exploited, if things remain at current levels, it is sustainable,a lead scientist Dr Steve Montgomery said.

aThis study has provided the first detailed estimates of growth and mortality for New South Wales school prawn stocks, and enabled the department to assess the impact of fishing activities on school prawn stocks.a

John Harrison of the Professional Fishermen's Association welcomed the research. …

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