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At sea with Eoin

Since he first started working as a deckhand the prawn season has been shortened from all year to just 3 months in attempt to protect the area from over fishing. Eoin has always caught enough prawns to support his family but most family businesses have closed from the pressure of corporate owned commercial boats that only come for the short season.
He laments how regulations have pushed the smaller fishermen to find mining jobs.
“It doesn’t make sense, they make the season shorter but don't put a size limit on the boats. Each time the season gets shorter, the boats get bigger.”

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 23 November 2014 | Views [560] | View Larger Image

Since he first started working as a deckhand the prawn season has been shortened from all year to just 3 months in attempt to protect the area from over fishing. Eoin has always caught enough prawns to support his family but most family businesses have closed from the pressure of corporate owned commercial boats that only come for the short season. He laments how regulations have pushed the smaller fishermen to find mining jobs. “It doesn’t make sense, they make the season shorter but don't put a size limit on the boats. Each time the season gets shorter, the boats get bigger.”

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