- A future LNP government will retain the three net-free fishing zones in Queensland
- The LNP remains committed to continuing its consultative approach to fisheries management
- Unlike Annastacia Palaszczuk the LNP will not pit one sector against the other and use fisheries management as a political football
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 which 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 MRAG 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 Palaszczuk Labor and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne had cruelly pitted recreational fishers against commercial fishers and happily sat back and watched.
“The LNP recognises both sectors deserve a fair go. That’s why in government, the LNP initiated the wide-ranging MRAG 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.
“Only 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.”
Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan welcomed the decision saying he understood the passion of local recreational fishers and the drawcard the local St Helens-Cape Hillsborough zone was for tourism.
*Net Free Zones – Trinity Bay (Cairns), St Helens-Cape Hillsborough (Mackay) and Capricorn Coast-Fitzroy (Rockhampton)