Sydney Fish Market backs Coffs

THE Sydney Fish Market plans to take the State Government to task over its proposed changes to commercial fishing in the Solitary Island Marine Park.

The major seafood retailer has backed Coffs Harbour commercial fisherman saying scaling back of local prawn trawlers would be detrimental to the industry.

Fish market managing director Grahame Turk confirmed the company will be making a submission to the State Government review.

It opposes the suggested phasing out of prawn trawling in the marine park over the next years saying seafood consumers will be the big losers.

“The Coffs Harbour Co-op here in Sydney is renowned for producing high quality, high value species like snapper and king prawns,” Mr Turk said.

“If we were to lose the Coffs Harbour-caught king prawns there would be no substitute, where would we get them?”

The State Government will release a package on the Solitary Islands review later this month outlining the planned changes to sanctuary zones and the future of commercial and recreational fishing off Coffs Harbour.



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