News

State backflips on sustainable fishing policy

THE Labor government has backflipped on its sustainable fishing policy, now saying it won't be implemented without consultation.

And there are suggestions a new policy will be trialed in Gladstone.

It has been almost three months since the policy was announced in the lead-up to the election.

HOW THE STORY UNFOLDED:

>> New net-free zone stuns commercial fishermen

>> Commercial fishers say they weren't consulted

>> Read Labor's initial planning for fishing here

Major stakeholders were not notified or involved in the decision at the time, and commercial fishermen have been contacting this newspaper since the story first broke.

Should it come to consultation the majority of commercial fisherman would like to see the policy taken off the table.

Deputy chair of the Queensland Seafood Industry Association Kevin Reibel will meet with independent MP Peter Wellington today to discuss the issue.

Mr Reibel said Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne's office had assured the peak body for the Queensland commercial fishing industry that "he would talk to all interested parties in due course".

But is yet to set a date for a meeting.

"The Government will implement the policy in a methodical and consultative way and this will include consultation with commercial fishers and the seafood industry prior to the zones being established," Mr Byrne said in the only statement released to the media.

Townsville-based fisherman Mario Fazio said despite the minister's promise of consultation, so far he has refused to take any calls from commercial fisherman.

"We are the ones with the most to lose and they won't even talk to us," Mr Fazio said.

"This will be the end for me.

"I have no more income, I have just spent $200,000 building a boat that's three-quarters of the way finished.

"What am I supposed to do? How am I going to pay my boat off?"

According to Mr Fazio's contacts in Brisbane, the policy will be trialed in Gladstone first before being rolled out.

This was not confirmed or denied by Mr Byrne's office, which won't comment any further on the issue.

Topics:  commercial fishing, fishing, gladstone, queensland government




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Crabber buys half a tonne of roo meat from mobile meat truck

Roo meat, anyone?

There's roo meat for sale and it's $1.50 per kg

Tourist exodus as Gladstone region town struggles to recover

The Spirit of 1770 up in flames. Photo: Courier Mail

BUNDABERG competitors profit from town's tragic loss.

Tourism business in flight market after reef cat disaster

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort plane

TOURISM business to make thousands off flights to replace reef cat.

Latest deals and offers

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Chanelle Ashanti's ute hit outside work

Chanelle Ashanti couldn't believe a big people mover crashed into her fluro ute this morning.

Chanelle Ashanti's ute hit outside work

Chanelle Ashanti's ute hit outside work

Chanelle Ashanti couldn't believe a big people mover crashed into her fluro ute this morning.

Chanelle Ashanti's ute hit outside work

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Gladstone's 10 cheapest houses for sale

ALL of the houses are selling for well under $200,000.