LNP says it will give certainty to Queensland rec fishers

LNP Deputy Leader Deb Frecklington

IN Mackay this morning, LNP Deputy Leader Deb Frecklington and Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Dale Last confirmed the LNP would retain existing net-free zones at Cairns, Mackay and Rockhampton.

Ms Frecklington and Mr Last said the LNP remained committed to fisheries management reform and would continue to work with all stakeholders in government, including recreational fishers, commercial fishers, wholesalers and consumers.

“The zones have been in place for more than two years, compensation has been paid to affected commercial fishers, so it would be unrealistic to overturn the decision that established these Net Free Zones in the first place,” Mr Last said.

“The LNP is committed to completing the reform process outlined by the independent review of fisheries management in Queensland – as funding and resources allowed.

“What we won’t do in government is pit one sector against another and use fisheries management as a political football.”

Mr Last said Labor had pitted recreational fishers against commercial fishers.

“The LNP recognises both sectors deserve a fair go. That’s why in government, the LNP initiated a wide-ranging review with an unprecedented level of stakeholder engagement and input aimed at establishing a long term sustainable fishing industry that met the requirements of both commercial and recreational fishers,” he said.

“The LNP respects and supports all sectors and the contributions they make – not just to our lifestyle, but also the fresh, local seafood supplied by our fishing industry and the regional jobs the industry underpins.”

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