Last Saturday several south coast fishing clubs, in conjunction with Recreational Fishing Australia, met with the Labour Party nomination for Bega.
Bruce Kennedy, Secretary of the Tuross Head Fishing Club told The Beagle "The aim of the meeting was to understand Labours view on several Recreational Fishing matters.
"A range of items were discussed including safety, sustainability,environment, water quality, funding, access, infrastructure etc. Two of the key points discussed were :
"Firstly, negotiations have been occurring for some between commercial fishing, recreational fishing and related parties relating to procuring the licenses for bottom trawling between Sydney and Eden out
to 3 nautical miles." "It appears State Government sign off is one of the final impediments to this major initiative to immediately protect and sustain both the marine environment and a range of marine life on the South Coast. "Wouldn't it be great to not to see trawlers plundering the South Coast and thinking about all the wasted by-catch and impact on the ocean floor from constant trawling ?" Mr Kennedy said.
"The second point discussed was to seek clarification on the Labour parties view on Marine Parks.
"There will be a meeting with the Liberal candidate next Saturday where the same agenda will be discussed.
"Following these meetings a follow up will occur so that each parties view on issues raised is disseminated to fishers across the electorate" .