Condong local Paul Johnston and son Alex are upset they have had 10 of their crab pots stolen from the Tweed River since December
Condong local Paul Johnston and son Alex are upset they have had 10 of their crab pots stolen from the Tweed River since December SCOTT POWICK

Residents are crabby over river thefts

CONDONG residents Paul and Alex Johnston have been left with a bad taste in their mouths after thieves managed to help themselves not only to their dinner but to their crab pots too.

Mr Johnston said since December, about 10 of his and son Alex’s crab pots had been stolen from areas between Terranora and Chinderah on the Tweed River.

He said they had followed all the correct guidelines, as outlined by NSW Fisheries, which demand a person must have appropriate markings on all crab pot floats. He said they had not left their crab pots out for an extended period of time, checking on them within 24 hours only to find their equipment had disappeared.

“Our crab pots had the right information,” Mr Johnston said.

“I put one out during the night and the next afternoon it was gone.”

While he hasn’t reported the thefts to NSW Fisheries, Mr Johnston said he was bitterly disappointed someone would steal such a considerable number of his gear. While he thought it had been a good season for crabs, he said replacing the traps would cost him a fortune.

“I don’t care so much about the crabs,” he said.

“They didn’t have to take the crab pots. They cost $25 each.”

He is now keen to make the most of cooler weather when crabbing is best.



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