Fishing charter businesses in Gladstone have been spared the guillotine.
Plans for a marine national park in the Coral Sea appear to allow enough recreational fishing activity to ensure the region's operators are not severely impacted.
Kanimbla Charters owner Bruce Stobo said operators feared the government's plan would block them from operating in their most important areas.
However, he said the authorities had listened to the operators' concerns and a good outcome had been secured.
See tomorrow's Observer for the full report.