WATSON CALLS FOR TEMPORARY BAN ON COCKLE FISHING IN THE ILLAWARRA
The Member for Shellharbour has today written an urgent letter to the Minister for Primary Industries requesting a temporary ban be placed on cockle fishing in the Illawarra.
Following recent reports of overfishing of cockles at Lake Illawarra by various groups, the Shellharbour MP has asked for drastic measures to be put in place to protect and conserve the fishing stocks in the Illawarra.
Currently, the Department of Primary Industries allows an individual with a fishing licence to collect up to 50 cockles a day.
Local residents report seeing individuals collecting hundreds of cockles at a time, and footage has now emerged corroborating these reports.
A temporary ban on cockle fishing in the Illawarra would allow fishing stock levels to be monitored, and for the impacts of fishing patterns to be properly investigated.
Quotes attributable to Anna Watson MP, Member for Shellharbour:
“I’m incredibly concerned with the risk overfishing poses to our local environment.
“Lake Illawarra sits at the heart of our community. We need to do all that we can to protect and preserve this natural resource.
“I’ve asked the Minister to take urgent action and introduce a temporary ban on cockle fishing to prevent irreparable damage to Lake Illawarra’s ecosystem. This might seem drastic but it’s the right thing to do.”