Commercial fisherman still fishing despite $210k buyout from government

THE Queensland Net Free Zones (NFZs) buyback scheme has come under fire after it was revealed by the ABC that some pro fishermen hadn’t actually stopped fishing.

76-year-old Wally Keating was paid $210,000 by the Queensland state government for his net-fishing license but has continued to fish using his son’s license.

Keating says the deal he got wasn’t enough to stop working and the government should’ve paid him around half a million dollars for his license and equipment including boats and nets.

Keating agrees with the assessment that he is exploiting a loophole but argues that it’s a free enterprise system and he is entitled to continue because he isn’t breaking any laws.

Watch the full six-minute video report by 7:30 here.

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