Mullet stunt helps hospital
By JENNIE DELL
BALLINA fishers caught 1000kg of mullet one night late last week, and on Saturday they gave the fish away to the community, filleted and fried, to mark the start of the annual Ballina mullet run.
Professional fisherman Graeme Loy has three boats on the Richmond River, including a special boat for the mullet run.
"We like to give something back to the community each year," Mr Loy told The Northern Star. "People make a gold coin donation for the fish and it goes to the East Ballina Lions Club to be passed on to the cancer and haematology unit at Ballina Hospital."
Ballina fishers also give 10 cents for every kilogram of mullet they catch, up to a ceiling of 50,000kg, to Wetlands Care Australia.
"We recognise the importance of the work done by Wetlands Care in fish habitat restoration," Mr Loy said. "By directing money into wetlands projects we can keep the habitat viable, and through Wetlands Care, try to make amends for the damage done in the past."