Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Save Our Oceans, Save Our Fishers

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Save Our Oceans, Save Our Fishers

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ALEX EASTON

alex.easton@northernstar.com.au

YOU have to feel for our local commercial fishers.

Once one of the mainstays of the region's economy, the Northern Rivers fishing fleet has shrunk to a fraction of its former size and still those who remain feel the squeeze.

Even before the release of proposed changes that fishers are saying will destroy what little profit they make, the region's fishers were struggling with increasing regulation and declining fish stocks.

It's not their fault - but they're paying the price of overfishing by huge factory trawlers from overseas and increasing pollution in the world's oceans.

Locally we have seen black water events after major floods sending de-oxygenated water down the Richmond, killing thousands of fish and forcing trawler skippers to hang up their nets or go elsewhere while estuary stocks recover.

More broadly, no one could see footage of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - an enormous floating mound of rubbish in the South Pacific - and not feel despair for the future of our oceans. …

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