TESTING TIMES

TESTING TIMES

More weapons tests to hurt already-struggling fishers

INCREASED weapons testing into Gulf St Vincent, near Port Wakefield, will further impact the already-struggling commercial fishing industry.

The Depart­ment of Defence has confirmed testing at the proof range will be increased, and could mean fishers have to stay clear for 70 days next year rather than the usual 20 to 30.

Commercial fisherman Bart Butson said the buffer zones which are closed during testing are the problem.

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