Even with the increasing demand for sea-food with approaching Christmas, the amount of seafood being sent to the Sydney markets has dropped by about 80 percent compared to that of the last year! Russell Creighton from the Clarence River Fishermen’s Co-operative informs.
But, the conservationists need not be happy and optimistic with the drop! All these are happening, not out of abiding stringent trawling policies with a bid to preserve sea lives! Trawlers are getting to sea for only one week a month during the second half of the year! It is because, the catches are poor and fuel costs are high, according to Creighton.
In fact, the prawn trawlers operating in the Clarence River area in northern New South Wales are struggling hard, trying to keep up with the strong demands for Christmas recipes.
Mr Creighton explains,
Our catch in the last five years has dropped over 50 percent. That just gives you some idea of the effect that the drought is playing on the fish catches.
All the estuaries along the east coast are all the nuseries for the juvenile product and there are no nutrients in the waterways – and there’s no new crop coming along each year.