With the Richmond and Wilsons River closures in place the fishing activity has slowed. This has also been due to the weather, as deep sea and beach fishing has also been difficult. If the rumours are true, the river could be closed for at least six months, with a four month extension after the initial two months ban on fishing. This will be subject to water quality testing by scientists over the coming weeks. It would be good to know what percentage of the total fish population the kill represented. There are many who will feel the pinch including the commercial sector, the tackle shops and the fuel outlets, and tourism in general in Ballina will be under the gun. While it would be best if it was not needed, the fact is that the river did take a big hit and these bans are necessary to allow fish numbers to increase to sustainable levels. There are very big issues to confront and we will need to address them if we are not to face this situation after every major flood. A number of old timers have told me stories of similar happenings 80 years ago. It may not be a new occurrence but it seems to be happening far more regularly than it did in the past.