New legislation to protect natives
Currently there is a proposal aimed at protecting Australian native fish via an application under federal environmental legislation to stop the movement of fish, either native or introduced (like trout) to areas where they do not occur naturally.
Although this legislation is in its infancy there has been a considerable amount of lobbying by interested parties such as trout fishers and native fish restocking bodies.
Over the years, through lack of knowledge, regulation or compliance, fingerlings of several non indigenous species have been released into the local river systems. For example, yellow belly have been released in the Clarence and murray cod, yellow belly and trout into the Richmond. With the exception of the waters of the New England Tableland, which flow into the Clarence, it is pleasing to note this has not occurred in our area in the past 15 years.
It is now just over a week to the Bass Classic (October 7-8). Entry forms are available form Suffolks at 155 Keen Street, Lismore.
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