Greens cast line to prove point
THE Greens are attempting to set the record straight ahead of next month’s State election, making it known the party is not ‘anti-fishing’.
With the release of the new Solitary Islands Marine Park zonings, recreational fishing groups have attacked the State Government, saying the move to increase sanctuary zones from 12 per cent to 19 per cent was a move to appease the Greens.
Yet this week Greens MLC David Shoebridge and Greens candidate for Oxley Jeremy Bradley ‘wet a line’ in a bid to highlight the party’s fishing policy.
“The Greens recognise the importance of fishing to the local community and economy,” Mr Bradley said.
During the fishing trip they met with oyster growers discussing issues affecting aquaculture on the North Coast.
“The local oyster industry is an exemplary template for sustainable industry. Growers recognise the need to keep the environment from the mountain to the sea in a pristine condition,” Mr Shoebridge said.
Greens candidate for Coffs Harbour Rodney Degens directed his comments to the ‘truly harsh criticisms’ levelled at marine parks by angler groups.
“The fishing industry has been ‘in decline’ in Coffs Harbour for the past 30 years. The need for bigger and bigger boats, for further and longer trips to reliable fishing grounds, the evidence is overwhelming,” Mr Degens said.